Sometimes I like to browse through my bookshelves at home, since browsing at a bookstore is not a great idea these days, and picked up one that I've had there for quite a while. It's good to renew acquaintances with old friends, books or otherwise.
Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women is a terrific compilation of spiritual writing from nearly every tradition. What I like the best is that the editor, the poet and translator Jane Hirshfield, included selections that speak directly from the writer's heart. These aren't poems that were created to please someone else or some religious tradition. Each word has been felt and lived.
In these days of introspection and getting back to our true natures, this book presents voices that can still guide us. A wonderful book to have on your bookshelf . . . or bedside table.