Drawing on the wisdom of Christian mystics, early Quakers, and other spiritual explorers, Elaine Pryce contemplates the tradition of silent inward attentiveness to Mystery and Presence as a way to spiritual renewal, healing, and discovery. In compelling, poetic language, she calls readers to the quietness within. Discussion questions included.
She quotes George Fox that the purpose of words (as in vocal ministry) is to lead us to the sublimity of the experience of the spirit. This is a pamphlet of such words, a quietly written graceful pamphlet of pointers to the Quiet Way.
Along the way, Pryce drifts quietly through the notion of “the quiet way offers everyone the means of direct access to God,” to attempts at defining God. She references the Franciscan Francisco de Cisneros, an African creation myth, George Fox, Middle Eastern mystics, and American poet Annie Dillard. Her final say on that matter: “God is more than the very summit of your thoughts, God is more than human projections, wishes, rationalizing, linguistic forms, and ideas. Whatever we believe, our understanding of God will only ever be fragmentary, like the partial and hazy view of a whole landscape we glimpse through a misty mirror.”
With remarkable consistency, the Pendle Hill Pamphlet series publishes thought-provoking, well written essays that deliver interesting and important information in 3,000 words. Pryce’s contribution extends well beyond that description in both well-developed ideas and a literary style exceptional in its exquisite beauty with nary a hint of pretension.