The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd
Reviewed May 6, 2010.
GuidepostsBooks, New York, 2006. 227 pages.
Sue Monk Kidd got her start writing for Guideposts. She wrote many inspirational pieces for them and for other publications for many years.
Firstlight is a collection of some of her early writings. They make an inspiring, uplifting collection. I made a habit of reading a section or two in the morning during my devotional time.
I think her philosophy is summed up by these words:
I believe in stories. The world has enough dogma. It's stories we need more of, stories that reverence the still, small voice that sings our life. As Anthony de Mello observed, "The shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story." Jesus, himself, told stories about the most common things in the world: a lost sheep, a seed that falls on rocky ground, a woman who sweeps her house in search of a coin, a man whose son runs away from home.
All personal theology should begin with the words: Let me tell you a story.
Sue Monk Kidd writes her devotionals as stories -- stories that illustrate the hand of God, or perhaps a lesson about life, or perhaps a reminder of joy.
This book will give you something to smile about as you start your day.