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Fertile Soil in a Barren Land

by René
e Miller

Published: 09/01/2005
Publisher: Morehouse Publishing

“Imagine breaking open a rough rock in a barren desert expecting more of the same drab nothingness and discovering instead an ‘exquisite inner treasure.’ Then imagine breaking your life open and discovering the same. Renée Miller invites us to such an adventure in Fertile Soil in a Barren Land.”
—The Reverend Canon Ernest L. Bennett
, Diocese of Central Florida

"…thoughtful, elegant…Miller uses her considerable literal desert familiarity and knowledge to illuminate the soul's terrain, traversing such concepts as silence, identity, darkness, belonging, community, release and sacrifice. Readers can use Miller's straightforward exercises to delve into the riches of a seemingly lonely wasteland to replenish their souls. Desert aficionados in particular will find spiritual oasis here." —Publishers Weekly, June 2005

“Both lyrical and challenging, this book will draw you in to yearn for the desert—not for romantic travel brochure landscapes, but the real wilderness where we find and are found by God.” —The Reverend Canon Stephen Holmgren, Rector of Grace Church, St. Francisville, Louisiana, and author of Ethics after Easter

“Renée Miller lures us into the desert to encounter the unexpected and unsought within our own souls: toe-walking coyote, spiny and water-hoarding cactus, crystalline and friendly dark, the pain of solitude, and life-giving emptiness. All conspire to show us God, working a most mysterious creation in our deepest and driest places.” —Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada

“Canon Renee is a wonderful spiritual guide. Her words turn to song and lift us to the Presence we seek; in community, in silence and in the desert, where the still small voice of the Spirit gives us space and grace to confront our overstuffed lives and to absorb the scent of God; to recover our identity and move beyond the grave of busyness to connection with earth and heaven. Lucky us to have this treasure of spiritual exercises, biography, inspirational prose and insight—insight even into the catastrophe that is 9/11. This book is about the tried soul, the roadrunner and the coyote brought to Jesus-of-the-desert.” —Richard Shimpfky

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