On The Threshold Paperback
Meeting the sacred in everyday life
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On The Threshold
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A short text, yet it is vintage Esther. She draws on the ancient traditions of Celtic and monastic spirituality to explore thresholds between people, between cultures, between the human and the divine. Ancient spiritual wisdom teaches that thresholds are sacred places and Esther encourages readers to become more receptive to their surroundings and to learn to pause, reflect and meet God at the places of encounter and change in our lives.
On The Threshold by Esther De Waal was published by Canterbury Press in August 2011 and is our 36823rd best seller. The ISBN for On The Threshold is 9781853119620.
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Living on the BorderNick Horton, via The Good Book Stall
Enlarged edition of the first publication in 2001.
‘A threshold is a sacred thing’ – these are among the first 14 words of the introduction to this book. Esther de Waal is someone who understands Celtic Christians and Christianity. The Celts were people who were marginalised – driven to the edges – the thresholds – Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany. There they encountered life on the edge – they lived and breathed borderlands
R.S.Thomas is quoted reflecting on the thresholds of Wales:
You can come in
You can come a long way…
But you won’t be inside.
The author understands borderlands, living as she does in the Herefordshire Welsh Marches, where the actual border was for centuries in a state of flux.
She then uses this concept to explore landscape, the seasons and times, followed by a few pages of passages for reflection and a border anthology of words and images, both of them offering us the opportunity to listen to the dialogue of the landscape.
Talking of the way in which the monk or nun crossing the threshold of the church would always allow themselves a time to divest of self, she says ‘…stillness permits each one to enter into that space kept empty in the heart for the Word of God.…..All of our lives are inevitably made of a succession of borders and thresholds.’
She reflects on the essential difference between a boundary or frontier and borderlands – the former being edges/barriers and the latter the point where the lands of two peoples run alongside one another.
I loved reading this book and found so much in it. I suspect I’ll come back to it again and again.
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Details for On The Threshold
|Page last updated||25th February 2017|
|Author / Artist||Esther De Waal|
|Publisher||Canterbury Press (August 2011)|
|Number of Pages||128|