April Alisa Marquette's Blog

November 3, 2010

Sowing — What Makes This Story Relevant

Hi all,

I want to share a story with you. It is one that I co-authored with Jessica Janna, renowned New York evangelist and song stylist. The name of her book is Sowing. It is the second install in her Relinquish and Reap Series, a collection of her memories.

Jessica, who is now seventy-something, recounts her years as an adolescent in the purse-sized book Sowing. She shares with readers some experiences of hers that became her secrets to carry… until now.

To read more about this remarkable woman of faith, take a peek at the review written by BellaOnline.com’s Christian Literature Editor, Lyn Sedmina.

It is my hope that after reading the review and the book, you will see what makes Jessica and her story — told in seven volumes — one for each decade of her life — relevant.

Available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Books-a-Million.com

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September 13, 2010

Consider Stillness

There is a book that I’d read a while back and I could not think of the name of it. I knew that upon beginning to read that particular book I’d garnered such a sense of peace. I could see the cover of the book in my mind, but the words just would not come clear.

Then I remembered. I’d been so enamored with the book that I’d had to blog about it, thus this re-post. Do enjoy…

I’ve recently begun to read Thomas Merton’s ‘A Book of Hours.’ A monk at the Trappist Monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton has led the way for many in their search for the divine. Upon reading the first few pages of the book, I sensed the peace that this devout servant strove for. I like that he advises us to listen, in silence, and to surrender to silence when we are seeking God. Merton admonishes us to remember that patiently God waits, in silence, for us to arrive at the place where all our noise, both that that is inside us—continually telling us to do this and that, or go here and there—and the noise that is outside us, subsides. Merton lets us know that in order for this to happen we must allow all noise to cease. We must actively seek peace.

I like that the book is laid out in daily segments. Offered are verses and hymns, psalms and prayers, for every time of day and night. I love that the author ever urges us to consider stillness, the silence that can only come from within. He reminds us that at any time, one can begin this wonderful journey which ultimately leads to the sometimes untapped treasures that lie within each of us. Merton reminds us that this journey leads us to the greater knowledge that every single day, God is uttering us into being… into being someone more, someone peaceful, someone powerful, someone who ultimately realizes that he or she is eternally treasured. Merton also unlocks the recognition that each one of us is ‘full of paradise’ –oft times without recognizing it.

As many of us ponder and pray for those who transitioned during 9/11 –a day that will forever live in our psyches and hearts; as we seek peace and comfort for those left behind, for those who loved, and yet love; as we meditate on those who mourn, and as we remember those who can smile –perhaps even tentatively again, when for so long their hearts were in tatters, this simple Book of the Hours reminds us that in the midst of mind-numbing, heart-rending tragedy, yet God is there. He is…and He may be found, most often, in silence, in the beautiful stillness that each one of us has the ability to call from within.

I release prayers today, the way others release doves, for all who loved and lost, for those who were lost, but found their way, and for those who remain.

Today I wish you … precious peace.

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