You Are a Tree: And Other Metaphors to Nourish Life, Thought, and Pray – The Rabbit Room Store

You Are a Tree: And Other Metaphors to Nourish Life, Thought, and Prayer


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Sometimes we describe ourselves as trees. When we're thriving, we speak of being rooted and fruitfulin a good season. When we struggle, we might describe ourselves as witheringcut off from friendship and the world. These ways of describing ourselves matter because they shape the ways we live.

But in a world dominated by efficiency, we have begun to use more unforgiving metaphors. We speak of ourselves as computers: we 
process things, we recharge. In doing so, we come to expect of ourselves an exhausting, relentless productivity.

You Are a Tree examines how the metaphorical descriptions we use in everyday life shape the way we think, pray, and live. Weaving together meditations on our common human experiences, poetry, Scripture, and the Christian tradition, Joy Marie Clarkson explores how metaphors help us understand things like wisdom, security, love, change, and sadness.

This book invites you to pay attention--to your experiences, and to the words you use to describe them. That attention reveals a richly layered and meaningful world, a refreshing perspective that nurtures wonder, gratitude, and hope.


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