Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Spotlight: Practically Divine by Becca Stevens

Author: Becca Stevens
Publisher: Harper Divine
Publication Date: September 2021

There is no secret formula to experiencing the sacred in our lives–it just takes practice and practicality.
No matter where we are—on a walk in the woods, in a sacred building, or in a dusty refugee camp—signs of love abound. When we allow ourselves to embrace both ordinary and extraordinary experiences, we can feel the divine anywhere.

You’re invited to search this path with Becca Stevens, as she explores what it means to be practically divine. Woven throughout the narrative strands are poetry and rants, as well as ruminations on her mother’s wit and wisdom—and the passion she instilled in Becca for creating something from nothing.

Embracing the practically divine compels us to do something, anything, to share in the feast of love together. When we start from wherever we are, we can recognize the potential for humor, wonder, and freedom.

Experience is nine-tenths of love.

Standing in a geranium field, smelling dark soil fertilized by rabbit poop is different from reading about the healing properties of geraniums. Walking beside a woman in a refugee camp as she covers her baby’s face from the dry, red dust is different than imagining how hard it is for moms in camps.
Our senses transform information into holy compassion. When we open our hearts to it, we can experience the divine anywhere – like sacred breadcrumbs marking our path. This path is filled with humor, humility, and honesty.

We can all learn to live a life that’s practically divine by:
  • Redefining old lies and stories, to learn from the past
  • Appreciating the gifts that come from imperfections or trauma
  • Using creativity to spark new revolutions
  • Accepting the chaos of the unknown before us with courage
  • Sharing in a feast of love, knowing there’s enough mercy and forgiveness

Tour schedule for PRACTICALLY DIVINE:

Friday, November 26th: @webreakforbooks
Sunday, November 28th: @neverwithoutmybook
Monday, November 29th: @jenniaahava
Thursday, December 2nd: The Calico Books and @thecalicobooks
Friday, December 3rd: The Bookish Dilettante – excerpt
Monday, December 6th: @msanniecathryn
Tuesday, December 7th: All-of-a-Kind Mom – excerpt
Wednesday, December 8th: @myinfinitetbr
Wednesday, December 8th: From the TBR Pile – excerpt
Wednesday, December 8th: @kimsterling
Thursday, December 9th: @booksnbikram
Friday, December 10th: @books_with_bethany
Monday, December 13th: @nurse_bookie
Tuesday, December 14th: @beatriz.satizibal
Tuesday, December 14th: @reading.wanderwoman
Wednesday, December 15th: @welovebigbooksandwecannotlie
Wednesday, December 15th: @teaandbookstoo
Thursday, December 16th: @iowaamberreads
Thursday, December 16th: @literately_speaking
Friday, December 17th: @rozierreadsandwine
Monday, December 20th:
Friday, January 7th: The Bookish Dilettante
Wednesday, January 12th: All-of-a-Kind Mom

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