LIVING IN CHRIST: ESSAYS ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE BY AN ORTHODOX NUN BY MOTHER RAPHAELA WILKINSON
This collection of essays stuns the reader at every turn of the page...both an enticing depiction of abundant life in Jesus Christ and a warning of the personal sacrifice and labor necessary to acquire it. Ironically she compels her audience to desire to live honestly and in joyous communion with God while cautioning that such spiritual growth comes neither by magic, nor feigned piety, nor laziness. It comes by the proven ability to be responsible and the willingness to work along with the inner resources given to each of us.
"These essays are for those who are serious about giving up excuses, complaints, ingrained bad habits and the blame of others for all their problems. They are not `chicken soup for the soul;` They are strong medicine for intransigent sin. They are the cold showers for hot passions that have led us to anxiety, depression, power trips, and problems with relationships. They are gems of sound, solid advice to water a parched soul."— Deborah Belonick