Witty, honest, and wise spiritual reflections that invite readers to embrace the bad, not just the good

Product Code: 9248
ISBN: 9780593727676
Publisher: Convergent
Pages: 240
Published Date: 01/23/2024
Availability:In stock
Price: $26.00

Kate Bowler believes that the cultural pressure to be cheerful and optimistic at all times has taken a toll on our faith. But what if we could find better language than forced positivity to express our hopes and our anxieties?

Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day! is packed with bite-size reflections and action-oriented steps to help you get through the day, be it good, bad, or totally mediocre. This is a devotional for the rest of us—which is to say, the people who don’t have magical lives that always work out for the best. As she composed these meditations during a season of chronic pain, Bowler understands how every day can be an obstacle course. She encourages us to develop our capacity to feel the breadth of our experiences. The better we are at identifying our highs and lows, the more resilient we become.

Like modern-day psalms, Bowler’s spiritual reflections look for the ways we can expand our capacity for courage, love, and honesty—while discovering divine moments with God. With bonus sections to use during the seasons of Advent and Lent, this is an easy book to read along with other people too.

If you want to build your daily habit of spiritual attentiveness, this book is here to say: May all your days be lovely. But for those that aren’t, have a beautiful, terrible day!

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Preface 1 when everything is out of control
2 you’re not sleeping much
3 when you’re trapped in the past
4 not your best self
5 when it’s not fair (it really isn’t)
6 not drowning in other people’s problems
7 when you’re certain that today will be too much
8 to take what you need
9 for finding your truer self again
10 when you don’t want to miss someone but you do
11 to feel wonder again
12 when you need a little motivation to change
13 when you don’t feel fulfilled anymore
14 to stop trying to fix everything
15 for a terrible day
16 when you need a break
17 when you need to forgive
18 when someone has done you harm
19 quieting an anxious mind
20 for everyday funerals
21 for whatever is on your calendar
22 for when things are falling apart
23 a blessing for a good pause
24 when you have screwed up
25 when life feels out of control
26 to enjoy the fullness of the day
27 you’re being too productive
28 when you are in pain
29 when you judge everyone
30 for married love
31 when life feels incomplete
32 the pain is too much
33 for learning to rest
34 for more love in your life
35 for breakup, divorce, or heartbreak
36 when you’re holding on to bad habits
37 make me a peacekeeper
38 your best life now
39 for a cluttered mind
40 being so close to pain, too close
41 when you’re awake in the night
42 when anxiety rises
43 honest faith
44 for a funeral
45 noticing beauty

Have a Beautiful, Terrible Lent!
46 for Ash Wednesday
47 to feel a little more grateful
48 for living without control
49 for that unsettled feeling
50 to feel more love
51 when your family disappoints you
52 finding God’s Presence
53 to keep moving
54 for deep tiredness
55 God, lead me
56 love,love,love
57 waiting for anything good to happen
58 seeing God everywhere
59 well, I’m not all that great sometimes
60 for making all things beautiful
61 overwhelmed, stressed, overwhelmed, stressed
62 letting yourself be known
63 letting go is painful
64 regret
65 not knowing the next step
66 for trusting your own intuition
67 to see clearly
68 feeling anxious and criticized
69 feeling meh
70 for a very busy day
71 feeling God’s love
72 for the pain that lingers
73 feeling too much, be back later
74 for Palm Sunday (beginning of Holy Week)
75 compassion, suffering alongside
76 you need help in real time 77 good news is hard to find
78 when we say no to God
79 for Good Friday
80 for Holy Saturday
81 Easter Sunday

Have a Beautiful, Terrible Advent!
82 for hope
83 for love
84 for joy
85 for Peace
86 for Christmas Eve
87 Jesus’s birth
88 for Christmas
89 for wisdom

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