Kayla Pompey of Milwaukee, WI reviews Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace written by LaShawnda Jones. Kayla openly shares how the book has helped her in her life.
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The centered, self assured look of the woman spreading her arms in what I perceived to be joy – caught my eye and enticed me to read…
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The introduction to Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace outlines how wonderful humans are even during our lowest to ordinary moments. The African Augustine of Hippo, remembered as Saint Augustine, pondered that people travel the world to experience wonder yet pass by themselves without wondering at all. We become used to ourselves, used to our lives, our surroundings, our situations. We begin to think we are common, that there’s nothing special about us, indeed that our very basic days are as good as life gets.
Preface: A Note About Desert of Solitude
Two common pieces of feedback received for My God and Me, the first book about my faith journey, was (1) the material was dense and (2) frequent pauses were needed to reflect on what was shared. As a result, I’ve taken great care to make the pages of Desert of Solitude more welcoming to read by adding breaks and transitions in the form of poems, notes, songs and sermons.
In all the ways life comes at us, in the countless ways we analyze our lives, we rarely give ourselves the benefit of wonder.
When was the last time you felt surprise and wonder at the beautiful creation you are? When was the last time you embraced the unfamiliar and inexplicable in your life?
I think that’s part of the reason the first line hooked me, I lean not on my own understanding. I’ve been caught in a loop and unable to see beyond the current cycle.