Saturday, October 20, 2012

Book Review: A Monk in High Heels by Brenda Keller

living a cloistered life outside the monastery


Click here to get it on Kindle.
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Did you click either of those links yet? Click! This is a wonderful book.
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I had the privilege of reading this book before it went to press and midway through had generated a list of people for whom I'd buy it as a gift. Why? Because even though I know the author and have witnessed her journey, I was moved and inspired while reading about it.

If you're a regular reader, you know it takes a lot to move and inspire me these days. I want to believe that's because I'm more tired than I am jaded, but then, maybe not. Moving right along!

Both practical and poignant, A Monk in High Heels, will appeal to anyone at the beginning of a spiritual journey as well as anyone who has been on the Inward Ho trek for years.

Brenda is a highly visual writer whose word pictures are vivid. She writes about deep challenges to faith without getting mawkish and provides comic relief without undermining her points about how to engage more fully with God despite secular distractions. 

Also worth noting: this is a relatively short book offering a quick read that's thought-provoking enough to make readers return again and again.

Full disclosure: Brenda Keller has become a dearly beloved friend over the years. She once left a pair of socks and let me have a pair of her hoop earrings. I think you're going to be jealous of me for that, especially after reading her book and realizing how amazing she is.

6 comments:

Rob said...

I agree, it's a wonderful book. I have a hard copy, and just ordered a Kindle version for my iPhone so I always have it with me.

I also had the privilege of reading this book while it was in progress.

And I AM jealous. Brenda never gave ME any of her earrings, hoop or otherwise!!!

Meredith Gould said...

Rob, did you ask (read: beg) her to give you her earrings? Right. Didn't think so.

Philomena Ewing said...

Great eye catcher of a title.Thanks for the review.Looks and sounds good.
Earrings I can appreciate but socks? :-))
Blessings

Rob said...

She also never let me borrow her tiara!

Sue said...

Well, this is just WONDERFUL. Brenda is a beautiful example of faith in action, a woman who has answered the call to follow Christ in her unique way. I love her so much and am proud of her for being a REAL WRITER... YAY BRENDA!!!

Shannon said...

The cover alone made me laugh because I've been reading Yahweh's Other Shoe by Kilian McDonnell the last few nights. I'm looking forward to ordering Brenda's book.