It’s baaaaaack! It’s the What We’re Reading Wednesday linkup over at Jessica’s Housewifespice!
I’ve had the distinct honor to be part of the CatholicMom.com Unleashed book club. And guess what book we’re reading! No, seriously! YOU’LL NEVER GUESS!
Why, yes, it’s Unleashed by Sonja Corbitt! What’s it about, you ask?
Sonja Corbitt was an evangelical Baptist before she converted to Catholicism. In Unleashed, she shares her passion for the scriptures by weaving the Word of God with her own experiences to show readers how the Holy Spirit flows through their lives in relationships, prayer, and even in times of suffering.
Sonja Corbitt’s passionate faith and natural storytelling ability combine to create a refreshing message of how God, in his continual pursuit of us, speaks to us through the positive and painful circumstances of life, relationships, and his Word.
In Unleashed, Corbitt testifies that prayerful and regular study of the scriptures is the key to hear the voice of God, to see the Holy Spirit at work even in times of suffering, and to receive all the graces God wants to give.
Corbitt has been captivating Catholic women across the country with her message about God and his desire to know them in a deep and personal way. Endorsed by her bishop as a “credit to her faith,” Corbitt inspires Catholics everywhere to engage with the scriptures with renewed vigor and energy.
This is another one where I wish Amazon had six stars to give. I admit I took this book on with great trepidation. Part of that is because Snow Crash has freaked me out about anything charismatic (not AT ALL the fault of the charismatic movement but the fault of a buttkicking fiction story). So a book dealing with the Holy Spirit? I was a bit, “Um. Okay. Deep breaths, Erin. We can DO this!”
First, I have to clarify that Unleashed is not about the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit. Rather it is a step-by-step guide for discerning how the Holy Spirit is speaking to us without words but through repeating patterns that not only spring forth from our own hearts but from the hearts of those around us. In this book, Sonja gives us sort of a listening device for making out the guidance of the Holy Spirit more clearly, more thoughtfully, with greater peace and confidence.
It’s tackles complex issues with deep-cleansing-breath simplicity. It holds a mirror up to the soul behind the face in the mirror and says, “Yes, you have work to do, but you don’t have to do it all today. Still you can do something today.”
Do something today. Get to know the Holy Spirit, not as an abstract monstrosity but as a solid, loving friend. Perhaps picking up your copy of Unleashed will be that something you do today.