This is a beautifully written book in which the author uses her gift for writing to celebrate her spiritual connections to nature and her family. As I read her exquisite writings, I could feel my blood pressure dropping and my muscles loosening where they had been tense from dealing with my mundane world. By sharing her stories, the author inspired me…
Being human is to live out variations on a theme, or a collection
of themes….We seek to craft, from the twinkles of insight along
the way, a coherent constellation of purpose. That’s what Lisa Steele-Maley has accomplished in Arriving Here. And in sharing her reflections, Lisa invites each of her readers to gaze back, gaze up, gaze all around, and do the same.
Arriving Here offers us a sensitive and insightful look into the micro and macro, the momentary and the timeless, the personal and the universal, all at the same time. Adopting an ageless pattern as a lens to make sense of her life, Lisa makes the subtle explicit and the mundane sacred….This book will warm hearts, ground us in gratitude, and raise our sense of responsibility.
In the powerful tradition of Annie Dillard, John Muir, and Rachel Carson, yet with her own unique lyricism, Lisa offers us a precious and wise handbook of both companionship and connection….While this dear book is a treat to read at any time of year, it may be best to slow your reading down, to read only Lisa’s words that describe the current season, so specifically precious are her words of wisdom and companionship. Yet it does us immediate good to mouth and inhale her closing verse,“Consider the Raindrop.”