Welcome the Biblio Diva, who likes to round out her thought life: take her brain for a spin, intersect with the ideas of others, then offer an occasional view on books she’s reading.
The Biblio Diva has a question for you: What if a photo essay could also be a mini-book report?
I live my life in widening circles . . .
The Biblio Diva loves to read
The quote beneath the armillary sphere comes from Rilke’s Book of Hours. She keeps that book beside her computer. Reads it often.
At present, she’s immersed in a book about gratefulness, by David Steindl-Rast.
His early chapters describe the simple, wholehearted gratefulness that brims within people spontaneously as a form of prayer, often wordless.
One way to increase this welling gratitude, he writes, is through attentiveness. But be warned:
“It is risky to be awake to life. It takes courage. . . .”
And yet: “The childlike heart divines springs of refreshing
at every turn.”
“Joy plays on a deep knowledge of suffering
as sunrays play on the surface of dark waterholes.
Only a heart familiar with death
will appreciate the gift of life with so deep a feeling of joy.”
The Biblio Diva can’t help noticing that Brother David writes about
“wonderment” as “a kind of sustained surprise”—
like unexpected coins that enrich our lives.
“Even the predictable turns into surprise the moment we stop taking it for granted.”
“In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy
to which gratefulness opens the door.”
“Surprise is the starting point.
Through surprise our inner eyes are opened
to the amazing fact that everything . . . is a gift.”
The Biblio Diva has another question for you:
Will you share what book or idea is stirring your thought life?
Immerse in wonderment as Brother David narrates this lovely video: “A Good Day”
Buy his book, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, on Amazon
Visit his website for more on Brother David Steindl-Rast