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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: IVP USA; First edition (17 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830843051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830843053
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sensible Shoes Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation. Full description

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Robinson on 28 Aug. 2013
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This book was recommended to me by a fellow Goodreads member which convinced me to buy and read it. It is a most remarkable book, which works as fiction, and as psychotherapy. Written by a pastor and spirital director, it's a story which almost makes me feel I've had several sessions with her myself!

The story is about four women in four recognizable life-situations, who agree to sign up on a course which is described as a Sacred Journey but in fact works too as a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. I'd say many women would identify with the issues of one or other of the four main characters. Their backgrounds, their stories, their behaviour and their emotional reactions are explored with total conviction. I identified with aspects of two of the women, Charissa and Hannah, and through reading this book I experienced flashes of insight about my own personal history.

If you, as in the case of these four women, are in a process of self-discovery, and something wounds you, or it gets difficult to engage with the process, it can sometimes be very tempting to abandon or avoid that process. and that is exactly what happens with these four characters.

The author follows them on their journeys of growth and crisis, as the hard shells around long-held secrets crack open.

If you're on a journey of personal growth, you may well find this book both fascinating and helpful, as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MC on 6 Sept. 2013
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I absolutely loved this story of four Christian American women on a journey to a deeper faith. The conversations and faith-sharing sounded authentic, and not too over-the-top although I did cringe a little at times at the perfection of the spiritual directors and their too, too, loving and empathic personalities. Many holy people can be quite awkward and devastatingly direct at times! Here, the spiritual director was always available, loving, open, sensitive, wise etc. Too good to be true.

I liked the very clear descriptions of lectio divina, imaginative prayer and the examen- any reader could use these methods of prayer using the guidance given. The "hands up, hands down" idea was new to me, and could be a real gift at times. The sections on "how to" use different ways of praying, and the discussion around a few biblical passages were excellent.

What didn't ring true was the speed at which these four women began to overcome their problems- and how quickly the prayer "worked." In my experience, the answers to prayer come slowly, over many years, and many do not get any emotional feedback at all. The emotional responses of the women might put some readers off- or make others wonder why these emotional consolations never seem to come their way. At one point I was thinking:"This never happens to me..."

I'm not sure many men would find this book helpful, even though the teaching side on prayer is very sound. The eyes filling with tears, the understanding and the fighting of unresolved issues etc. might put a few off!

Overall, though, I liked it. I have highlighted many relevant questions and passages to use in my own prayer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Geoffrey Ellin on 15 Nov. 2013
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An interesting introduction to anyone feeling called to look further into Christian Spirituality.
Explains fairly clearly some of the exercises.
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The characters might have been created to teach us ways of growing spiritually, but the book felt like a proper story rather than a text book. The characters came to life enough for me to want to know more. Will they continue in the journey they have begun? How will they be getting on in a year or two? And what might they be able to teach us about starting again if they do grind to a halt?
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Very well written andd thought provoking. It could be a great help to folk struggling with their past and/or with who they are now. It takes time to read it, think about it and put it into practice but that is well worthwhile.
Although written by an American it is easily transferred to British culture.
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Read about this in book review so bought it. not something Iusually do but I loved it. The characters are down to earth and believabdle. Found it a very inspirational read so much so that I intend to read it again very soon. definitely recommend you read this book.
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This was one of those books which will stay with me forever. Just amazing. Easy to identify with some/all of characters and caused me question how I see myself and my place in society.
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By Mrs Towler on 19 Aug. 2013
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I love the different characters and you can identify each one with someone you know.It's an easy book to pick up and put down, even if you have a break from it.
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