In Wisdom's Path

Book review by Clair Woodbury

This is a beautiful spiritual resource. Jan Richardson is artist-in-residence at the San Pedro Centre, a retreat and conference centre of the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Florida. She is also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

It is hard to say whether it is the spirituality of what she has to say or of her art that is most out standing. The book is filled with incredibly creative images that relate to the text.

Open the book at any page, and there is a message that reaches my quiet space. For example:

God beyond borders,
May I wander
With wanting enough
To unlearn my path,
With wonder enough
To receive the secrets of each place,
With wisdom enough
To allow them to whisper me
Home in a different way.

It is almost enough to make you believe in the old system for getting direction from the Bible by opening to a random page and pointing. It works with this exploration of spirituality by Jan Richardson. Every page holds a gem of insight.

The book is laid out with the Christian year in mind, moving through Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and concluding with insights for deepening Ordinary Time.

To the right is one of her pictures that she accompanies with the words:

Spirit of earth,
Take root in me;
Strength of fire,
Enliven me;
Power of wind,
Blow through me;
Blessing of rain,
Fall on me.

Jan L. Richardson, In Wisdom's Path. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2000. ISBN: 0-8298-1324-1

Newsletter Vol. 8 No. 3 April 2002


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