There have been times in my life when I have hurt so profoundly that I knew I was breaking new ground, but I had no clue how to deal with it. If there had been a trauma center for the spirit, I would have checked myself in. But until the day comes when a spiritual ER is a reality, a book like this might just help us learn to cope with those dark times that throw us for a loop.
Using the mythical Phoenix as a guide, Elizabeth Lesser gently reminds us that just as the Phoenix must totally burn itself up before it can rise again from the ashes, we too must learn to rise from the ashes of our own mistakes anew. By sharing personal stories, she makes us comfortable enough to open up and really listen to what we might know in our hearts but haven't allowed into our heads.
Birth, loss of a loved one, illness, age, divorce, raising children, and our own ultimate death -- all scary changes and never easy topics on their own. But Lesser courts them with knowing wisdom, using her experience to make a trail through the thick of things. After loaning my dog-eared copy to a friend who recently divorced and was struggling with single parenthood, I had to virtually pry this book out of her hands to write about it. It is that good.