Learning To Be: Finding Your Center After the Bottom Falls Out

IVP. Jun. 2020. 176p. ISBN 9780830845873. $22. REL
Pastor and spiritual director Rasmus, of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, wasn’t looking to have a life-altering experience, but that is exactly what happened on an ordinary August day. Rasmus had what she and her family have since called, with affection, the crash. Learning to Be is part memoir, part spiritual advice for those who are caught in the difficulties of life’s concerns. For Rasmus, that meant finding spiritual approaches to a depressive episode, along with overcoming fear and perfectionism without judging from others and, most important, judgment from herself. Throughout, she considers how we can find God during our most challenging times. Working through the pain of depression, Rasmus has learned to find calm and stillness in a frenetic world and to surrender to the will of a loving God. Inclcuded is a foreword by Tina Knowles Lawson.
VERDICT Through introspection and the love of God and family, Rasmus transformed an otherwise dark time in her life into a blessing. The book is intended to help those who face similar challenges. A good read for those interested in a blend of self-help and Christian spirituality, and for those who enjoyed Jessica Kantrowitz’s The Long Night.
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