Making All Things Well (paperback)

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MAKING ALL THINGS WELL
Finding Spiritual Strength
with Julian of Norwich


For author Isobel de Gruchy, Julian of Norwich was a great support during many difficult years of ministry in South Africa's apartheid era, but it was when her son died tragically in an accident that she found unexpected reserves of spiritual insight and strength.

Forty short reflections -- each containing a scripture reading, an excerpt from Julian's Showings, a meditation, a prayer-poem, and questions for reflection -- draw on Julian's central themes and relate them to the many challenges we encounter today.

Paperback, 172 pages, 4-7/8" x 8"

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Making All Things Well: Finding Spiritual Strength with Julian of Norwich

The writings of Julian of Norwich are more popular and relevant than the 14th-century mystic could ever have dreamed they would become. Speaking with freshness, depth, and poignancy, they offer timeless wisdom and understanding for present day concerns.

For Isobel de Gruchy, Julian was a great support during many difficult years of ministry in South Africa's apartheid era, but it was when her son died tragically in an accident that she found unexpected reserves of spiritual insight and strength. Making All Things Well opens up Julian's central themes -- such as the mystery of suffering, the promise that we shall overcome evil, prayer and contemplation, and the faithfulness and love of God towards all he has made -- and relates them to the many challenges we encounter today.

Offering forty short reflections that demonstrate Julian's abiding influence, it is ideal for personal reading during Lent, or at any time of year, for a retreat, for group reflection and as a worship resource. Each contains a scripture reading, an excerpt from her Showings, a meditation, a prayer-poem, and questions for reflection.

Isobel de Gruchy was born and raised in South Africa and witnessed the struggle against and the demise of Apartheid. She has spent her life working for and in the church, writing Sunday school curricula, leading Bible studies, and running volunteer organizations. She is retired and lives on Volmoed, a Christian Retreat and Conference Centre, in South Africa's Western Cape, where she pursues her interests in art and poetry.

"Isobel de Gruchy has met the fourteenth century's gentle Dame Julian of Norwich, has discovered her awesome depths of mystical insight, and has made those her own, applied them in her own world, and captured her perceptions in thought and poetry. It is certainly hoped that this slim volume will alert others to the treasures of Mother Julian's insights and encourage them to make them their own – just as the author has so beautifully done here."
Fr. John-Julian, OJN, Episcopal priest and monk, founder of the contemplative Order of Julian of Norwich

"Through the weavings of Julian's writings, scriptural passages, and her own poetry, Isobel de Gruchy has created for twenty-first century people a treasure trove of meditations….Making All things Well is a book of hope in and love of the God who makes all things well. Gift yourself and your loved ones with this lovely book and plumb its spiritual depths."
Judith Mayotte, Professor and author