When the summer holidays come I’ve always been lucky enough that a few good books fall into my lap and take me to the liminal space I’ve been thirsting for. This year “TheSecret Life of God” is the first of my spiritual elixirs. It makes compelling reading. The sort of book you just can’t put down. It has an easy, reflective style and opens the mind to new thoughts rather than ossifying personal reflection or opinion.
The back cover reads,
“The Secret Life of God is a kind of spiritual investigation into twenty-first century Britain. It Chronicles how, in an age where institutional religion is on the decline, people are finding new ways of believing and belonging, and puts the faces and places to the trend in which people are increasingly describing themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious.’
Part travelogue, part reportage, the book reveals the communities pioneering a new form of monasticism, the Sufis exploiting the spiritual possibilities of sound and the Druids forging a relationship with nature. Interwoven with a powerful narrative of loss and belonging, it is both a deeply personal book and one which tells a wider story about our evolving relationship with place and meaning.”
I’m still only just into the chapter about “Pioneering Nuns,” (The Sisters of the Holy Trinity, Herefordshire) but so looking forward to finding more about how other communities are responding to the call of the God with a 'secret life !'