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By the Light of the Moon: Reflections on Wholeness of Being Kindle Edition
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We all seek for light within the darkness surrounding us. We yearn for the connection that Bunny describes in these unique glimpses of her life. I feel her yearning still, in each story in this magical collection.
Later we learn of Bunny’s and her husband’s near-death experiences at different times and in different countries, both surviving through spiritual strength, not material. We sense her calm conviction of the essential worth of every individual when, after a man in a Boston park grabs her and demands her wallet, she talks with him and asks: “Are you Okay.” After a long pause he replies: “No, I’m not.” He was homeless; alone. He let her go, and they calmly talked before parting.
Through the short episodes, there is moonlight, a silent presence linking stories and real characters. For someone like myself, who still ‘talks’ to his grandmother when the moon is full, I love the focus on moonlight. Riding crammed with others in the back of an open truck in Mali, she notes: the “moon shone like a spotlight on our little truck community, and I marveled at what I saw.” Her earliest memory of the moon was on a hot summer night when she was six. Her father came into her bedroom she shared with her sister, pulled back the curtains and there it was: “A full moon pressed against a black sky. It looked like the bottom of a cool glass of milk.” As she was growing up, he would often ask her: “What was your highlight today? Now, she writes, when she sees the moon, “I picture a balloon gliding across its face, carrying my father’s thoughts. And I hear Dad asking, “What was your highlight today?”
I also noted the endorsement on the back cover: by Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of the novel Orphan Train: “I found myself underlining entire passages, marveling at McBride’s beautifully spare prose and the depth and clarity of her wisdom.”