Why Books Speak to Me

I have spent more than my share of hours wandering among stacks of books. For there a multitude of worlds collides ? not just between the layers of those delicious paper sandwiches, but within ourselves as we hold them and open them and turn their leaves in wonder. A brilliant mentor of mine taught me something that still astonishes me, every time I stop to consider it. Every book, every work of literature, she said, has a voice.As we read, we hear that voice speak within our inner spaces, and ? wonder of wonders! ? our own voice answers, and a dialogue begins. In this way, books become friends.

In this way, our innocent imagination becomes peopled with strangers eager to impress upon us their version of the universe. So it is that a book presents a portal to the unexplored in the world we see "outside" us, and to fresh and fertile regions within our own mysterious selves. That meeting place, in which we enter a fantastic dialogue with the written word, with the voice of one whom we have quite possibly never met, shows us in very specific ways how fine and good it is to be amazed.In literature it is only the wild that attracts us.??Thoreau.


Ceci Miller is the author of Sacred Visitations: Gifts of Grace that Transform the Heart and Awaken the Soul, endorsed by Chicken Soul Author Marci Shimoff, Mars/Venus author John Gray, and bestselling author John Bradshaw. The book's touching, often magical, stories guide readers beyond mere memoir into the profoundly personal world of their own sacred experiences. Ceci's workshops teach the 5 Steps of Sacred Awareness. A student of meditation since 1976, Ceci's heartfelt stories of spiritual experience and contemplation--shared in articles, books, and public talks--have inspired meditators and seekers throughout the world. She is the author of two children's books and has co-authored and edited numerous books for adults. To hear Ceci read an excerpt from Sacred Visitations, or to hear her interviews with people about their spiritual experiences on the Sacred Visitations Podcast, go to http://www. For editorial and publishing consultation, go to http://www.cecibooks.

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