When Halifax’s the Chronicle Herald discontinued its religion page in 2013, readers of journalist Monica Graham’s weekly “In the Spirit” column, a mainstay since 2005, urged her to write a book. And so she did by compiling 60 of her columns into a pocketsize book filled with wit, wisdom and wonder.
‘We’re more than the sum of our physiological parts,’ she writes, contemplating the mystery of human creation and the development of her own personal spirituality, ‘which came about because the column created a dialogue with readers who opened my eyes and challenged my viewpoints.’
Now her audience has widened to reach anyone who’s marveled at the survival of a salamander under a rock or at photographs of the Earth from space or who thought their day was going badly until television coverage of a tsunami changed their perspective. No matter how great or trivial, Graham has the gift of sifting through the events of our daily lives to make thoughtful connections with ‘something greater than us.’
In the Spirit: Reflections on Everyday Grace
by Monica Graham
$19.95, paperback, 178 pp.
Nimbus Publishing Ltd., April 2015