My late summer/fall series focused on the practice of taking a contemplative stance toward our reading. In other words, how to be a Soul Reader. This article will focus on the fruits of soul reading or the ways in which soul reading should change you.Read more
I have a good friend, someone who gave me feedback during the creation of the Soul Reading Journal and received an advanced copy back in September of 2016, recently confess to me that she hadn’t yet gotten up the courage to use the journal. She thought the journal was too prettyRead more
The process of building meaning in our lives results from navigating the tension we feel between what we believe and what we experience. Books and stories help us build more meaningRead more
As you consider whether or not the Soul Reading Journal is for you, you might have questions about the cost of the book and/or whether or not you have the time to spend to filling out the records pages. I hope this post mightRead more
This is Part I of a series exploring the highlights of the past year while also taking stock of what this blog is all about. If you have a friend who is a soulful reader, this series would be an inviting place to join the conversation.
What does it meanRead more
Soul ReadingTM is based on the ancient practice called Lectio Divina.
Lectio Divina can be pronounced lex-ee-o or lek-tee-o. Either is correct. The term is simply Latin for “divine reading.”
It is believed that Lectio Divina was formalized as a practice by Benedictine monks in the middle ages,Read more
If you’ve been following the Soul LibrarianTM on social media or looking at the Products tab on this website, you might have encountered the Soul ReadingTM Journal. It is a tool to help you bring more mindfulness to your reading and it specifically helps you to follow the Soul Reading method.
This article is for peopleRead more
I would like to invite you to consider using the Soul Reading process and perhaps the Soul Reading Journal for films…
While the journal is presented as a tool for book readers, its essence is to help you appreciate and learn from all stories. So give it a try and see if it’s a tool you might want to use to gain more meaning from the filmsRead more
As I talk to more and more people about Soul Reading, the most common question that I get is about what types of books to read. The first impression my project gives some people is that Soul ReadingTM should only be focused on spiritual books.Read more
My friends and even my readers who have only been following this blog for a few months know how much I love plans. But sometimes plans get in the way of letting me be in the moment. This blog is about reading and the soulful life. And right now, the zeitgeist of America’sRead more
Last week I recommended a set of pilgrimage books and if you’ve read even one of these, I imagine you might be inspired to someday undertake your own pilgrimage. In the meantime, you can practice Soul Reading on your own virtual mini-pilgrimage through the pagesRead more
During this summer, my church has been focused on the readings of the Hebrew prophets – Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. These prophets call on the people (us) to take a long, loving look at the real – to really see very clearly the causes of what is ailing us – our powerlessness, our grief, our meaninglessness. To do this they try to strike at our emotions through metaphors, stories, and prophesies. If we can feel something new then maybe we can see something in a new way?Read more
If you’ve read Being Caught Up is a Good Place to Be, you know that I am immersed in reading the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. I’ve completed the first three books and I am completely captivated by the world of Gamache and the characters who live in Three Pines.
My biggest aspiration for myself is to be as Penny describes Clara – both sensible and sensitive.
This post is simply a sharing of some of my favorite quotes from the first three booksRead more
Well, I’ve come nearly full circle since I wrote Dryness in the Reading Life. I am currently racing through the Inspector Gamache series. I started Still Life on July 10th and I’m trying to read
the first 11 books in the series
A couple of weeks ago, my good friend, Naomi, who has been in a book club with me for roughly 15 years now, asked me to send her whatever lists I had of the books we’ve read. I have been the organizer or scribe for the past sixRead more
Like many others, I was taken in this week by the story of convicted rapist, Brock Turner. Like others, I was angered and outraged that someone convicted of crimes facing a potential sentence of 14 years, could get off with so light a sentence of six months.Read more
Although you will find plenty of reading recommendations on this site that I believe will bring you insights and I do believe I benefit greatly from bringing awareness and intentionality to what I read, there are not prescribed books in order for you to become a soul reader. Instead of shifting what you read, being a soul reader asks you to change the way you read.Read more
Why did I feel the need to create a whole new platform about reading and soul seeking?
The short answer is that reading has brought meaning and transformation to my life.
From my earliest memory of reading picture books likeRead more
As you begin to explore the Soul ReadingTM process I think it might be most obvious how this process can be used with novels and memoirs – traditional stories with protagonists facing a challenge that needs resolution. But I have tried to designRead more
I love how life has a nice way of throwing irony our way to keep life interesting.
Just as the idea for the Soul Librarian platform and Soul Reading Journal began to take shape and take up much of time, my own reading life became dry.Read more