Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Review!

I recently started my third read of a book that has already changed my life. I thought if one read could change my perspective, re-reading a second and third time would work wonders too!

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: The Secret to Peace and Happiness is a compilation of short spiritual quips on accepting and having joy in the present moment. Half of the book is written by a saint, and the other half is written by a priest. They were contemporaries of one another, living in 18th century France.

From the publisher's website:

A good book.
To remain indifferent to good fortune or to adversity by accepting it all from the hand of God without questioning, not to ask for things to be done as we would like them but as God wishes, to make the intention of all our prayers that God's will should be perfectly accomplished in ourselves and in all creatures is to find the secret of happiness and content.

Today at Mass, Abbot Placid mentioned that there is great peace in "accepting our crosses." He said: You may not like it, you may not want it, but if you accept it, it will be the best thing for your soul.

There are many things in life we absolutely cannot control like death, disease, natural disaster, etc. Yet, these things are so hard to accept and live through.

My greatest joy from reading Trustful Surrender has been: in the end, these situations are revealed as opportunities to form our personalities and lives into being more peaceful and happy people, just like the sub-title says.

I recommend reading the book just one or two pages at a time. There is so much to take in and think on, and this will help the message to sink in better, especially when it's a hard lesson to learn.

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