There are many wonderful, unsung authors in the blogosphere and I’ve been blessed to discover a few that really capture my heart. I’ve been following Dennis Ference at Merging Traffic for a while now and his short aphorisms sum up spiritual living so succinctly, I’m often left pondering his words for hours afterwards. Reminiscent of Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet, his simple truths strike a chord.
I recently bought his book, From The Water’s Edge from Amazon, and have been savoring the delicate wisdom he shares within its pages. Divided into 365 passages, one for each day of the year, it is a great way to start or end each day with words that guide and awaken us to lead more fulfilling lives. Never preachy, they gently point the way for the seeker to find his or her own way.
This book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf and I envision my turning to it again and again in the years to come. Thank you for writing it, Dennis!
Here are just a few passages that spoke to me:
“Your story does not stand alone. It is interwoven with the stories of countless others, affected by and affecting the lives of persons you love and persons you do not even know. It is, furthermore, a page in the book of the entire universe. Name it as such and dare to claim as your own, that bigger story.”
“The road to acceptance is sometimes strewn with shards of glass.”
“A soul awakened to the divine presence within is freed to find its way to a place of peace in even the severest of life’s laments and losses.”
“Surrendering to our fears is like locking the doors and closing the blinds, peeking through the slats every few minutes to see if Death is walking our block.”
“Feeling unloved does not make you unlovable.”
“When you consider death a curtain rather than a bolted door, you are freed to participate more fully in the mystery, magic, and marvel of life.”
If your interest has been peaked, do head over to Merging Traffic for a look or visit Amazon to order your own copy of this gem of a book.*
*This review is my own volition and I was not compensated by Mr. Ference or Amazon.
Love the Rainbow!!
Thank you, Amelia!
Thanks for the introduction Eliza, curiosity peaked. Lovely photo too!
Glad to hear it. Thank you, Belinda!
I will certainly drop by the blog Eliza
Thanks for sharing link
Thanks, Karina. Hope you like it!
Dennis is truly a treasure. I am amazed at how consistently he wows me with his short sayings. His creativity and wisdom have brought such inspiration, enjoyment and comfort to me. I really can’t understand why he isn’t famous!
Agreed! Thanks for your visit, Bill.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more people were aware and appreciated thoughtful thinking.
May it be so!
His writing is filled with beautiful captures of truth and wisdom. A thoughtful share Eliza and a book many will benefit from reading. 💚💕
Thanks, Karen. His work is good!
Sounds like a good one!
I’m getting a lot out of it, a pleasant companion to offset the ills of the world.
I’ll have to check him out, Eliza. I’m always keen on wisdom that is not preachy and short to read. My eyes wander and I lose concentration easily these days.
Thanks for the link…..I’ll head on over there now.
Good to hear. Short, sweet bites are easier to digest. 🙂
Sounds like something everyone should read. Thanks for sharing….I might need to check this one!
I think you’d like it and perhaps your dad, too. (Dennis is a retired chaplain.)
Oh yeah good point. I will def pass that along to him. Thank you bunches 🤗
Sounds like a bright spot in a not so bright time.
Yes, it is. It helps keep things in perspective.
I can’t think of a better introduction to the excerpts of this book than that provided by your photo – it speaks of peering through a veil to the beauty beyond.
What a lovely comment, Kris– thank you!
I had just recently discovered Dennis’s blog, and share your enthusiasm, Eliza. Thanks for sharing – I’ve added his book to my cart on Amazon. ☺️
Glad to hear it, Betty. His work is too good not to be shared!
I love those quotations that you have picked out, Eliza.
Thanks, Ali. I could have listed many more, there’s much to glean from this book.
Wonderful rainbow and passages!🙂 Thank you for the introduction to a new blog to follow.🙂
Thank you, glad you found it of interest! 🙂
I love aphorisms so I’ll check it out. Thanks!
Thank you, Maria. Hope you like it.
‘Strewn with shards of glass’. That’s my favourite image from the quotes you listed, Eliza. I like the sense that to get to acceptance, which is a place of calm, you have to be willing to tread over things that hurt first …
It’s true. Some of life’s lasting lessons are painful ones. Like Phoenix rising from the ashes.
That looks interesting. I love the quote about considering death as a curtain rather than a bolted door. A much better way of looking at it.
Dennis’ wisdom astounds me. Love this book!