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Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks
by Gary Thorp
Reviewed August 24, 2004.
Walker & Company, New York, 2000. 159 pages.
A big thank you to my sister Wendy for giving me this book some time
ago. In the accompanying letter (which I used as a bookmark), she
said, “One word of caution, though: It actually made me like doing
housework! Watch out!”
I can’t quite claim that this book made me like doing housework, but
it did bring me closer to that point. Although this book looks at
housework as Zen practice, the thoughts are equally applicable to a Christian
seeking to practice the principle found in Colossians 3:23: “Whatever
you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for
Each chapter looks at a different aspect of keeping a house and how we
can carry out that task in a mindful, creative, nurturing way. He
draws parallels with life itself. This is a lovely book, perfect to
dip into little by little and remind yourself that housework doesn’t have
to be chores.
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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