Set Fire to the Rain is a therapeutic letter featured in Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace. It was written three years after the addressee, Peewee, died. The letter represents the tiers and nuances of love and forgiveness that entangles and confuses interactions between an abuser and the abused.
Love Anyway began as a deep **sigh** in response to wrong treatment. It developed into a list of personal affirmations to choose to love even while rejecting and battling hateful behavior.
Verdant Valley ҉ Faith Challenges is the title of the first section of Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace. This is a sampling from the section.
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.