What Was Lost: Seeking Refuge in the Psalms

published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 160 pages
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When you hit rock bottom, it isn't rainbows and butterflies that you need—it's the words to express your deepest emotions without being judged for them. In this spiritual memoir, author Maureen O'Brien finds her words in the psalms. Stock #: B53343

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A heartfelt invitation to spirituality

What Was Lost, by Maureen O’Brien is a book to be savored and cherished. It is what I would call a bedside table book; one that can be opened at random and reliably supply what is needed.
Although it is about the Psalms, which are attached to organized religion, it is in no way a religious book. Instead, it is about an emotional connection to these ageless, age-old poems. It is an invitation to enjoy them.
The chapters are contemporaneously intimate, personal and universal. I gave the book to a sixteen-year old student, a hardnosed nonbeliever. She remarked, “It’s so relatable!” She’s right. Anyone can identify with the feelings Ms. O’Brien describes in her journey through the Psalter; desperation, grief, fury, fear, skepticism, longing, wonder, love, hope, doubt, joy. The writing is vivid, evocative and exquisitely sincere.
I am a secular agnostic, like my student, wandering around cluelessly in an endeavor to find my spiritual home. It is in these pages that my faith is lurking, waiting to jump out and surprise me.
Like the Psalms, What Was Lost is a lyrical celebration with an expressly human touch. It is a delightful read. I look forward to visiting these meditations about life, love, loss, faith, and the search for our place in the world for years to come.

"Maureen O’Brien is the author of the novel b-mother. Her award-winning short stories and poems have been published widely in magazines and anthologies. She lives in Connecticut where she's been teaching creative writing to teenagers for twenty-five years. She holds an M.A in creative writing and a B.A. in philosophy and religion. The contrasts of life—sunrise and dusk, crying and laughter--never cease to amaze her. "

Product Type:  Book

Item Number:  #B53343

ISBN:  9781632533432

Publication Date:  2/23/2021

BISAC:  RELIGION / Christian Living / Inspirational

Imprint:  Franciscan Media

Trim Size:  139.7 mm X 215.9 mm X
(Approx. 5.5 in X 8.5 in X )

Pages:  160

List Price:  $ 16.99