A Spirituality for Brokenness: Discovering Your Deepest Self in Difficult Times

Compassionately guides you through the practicalities of facing and finally accepting brokenness in your life_a process that can ultimately bring mending. A clear-eyed, kindhearted method based on teachings and practices from many religious traditions.

Terry Taylor

6 x 9, 176 pp | 978-1-59473-229-4

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A gentle, clear guide to finding hope and help in troubled days.

“When you begin to understand what brokenness means, you will be armed with information that empowers you to take the steps that can turn your leaden feelings into opportunities for health and happiness. When you can accept (and perhaps even celebrate) your brokenness, you can cease your endless search for ‘healing’ and get on with your life, scars and all.”

—from Chapter 1

We each have broken areas of our lives. Whether from things that happen to us or as consequences of our own choices, there are times and situations where our very souls feel fractured.

With wisdom and profound personal experience, Terry Taylor guides you through a compassionate yet highly practical process of facing, accepting, and finally integrating your brokenness into your life—a process that can ultimately bring mending. He offers a clear-eyed, kindhearted method based on teachings and practices from many religious traditions, including:  

  • Ancient Christian practice of Lectio Divina to face our brokenness
  • Tibetan practice of tonglen to generate compassion for ourselves
  • Jewish tradition of Sabbath-keeping to give us the space we need to mend
  • Muslim practice of hajj—pilgrimage—to bring the journey full circle

No matter your faith tradition, you will find lovingkindness and wise counsel in this useful, step-by-step guide to transforming these moments of supreme vulnerability into opportunities for reflection and spiritual growth.

“Every page is imbued with compassion for the brokenness that truly is ‘a felt state of being’ for us all. A balm for [the] soul … because it will help you hold brokenness, your own and others, with love.”

David Roche, author, The Church of 80% Sincerity

“Terry Taylor’s … [is] a voice you can trust with your own pain. He invites us to not only accept ourselves but to love our imperfections as part of what makes us whole and even beautiful. [With] accessible, helpful tools, this book will light your way.”

Patrice Vecchione, author, Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within

“Reading this compassionate and hope-filled book felt like having a long talk with a trusted friend. Anything seems possible. I plan to buy copies to share with all my friends!”

Rev. Nanette Sawyer, author, Hospitality—The Sacred Art: Discovering the Hidden Spiritual Power of Invitation and Welcome

“Profound and pragmatic, wise, perceptive, and so very practical ... this book really will change your life. It overflows with grace and a loving realism…. I have placed this book within arm’s reach.”

Rabbi Irwin Kula, president, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; coauthor, The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL’s Guide to Everyday and Holiday Rituals and Blessings

“Gentle, honest, and compassionate … breaks new ground in the field of healing by promising nothing—but delivers everything you need to mend your brokenness. Read this book if you are broken. Read it even if you’re not. You’ll be able to help someone near you who is and doesn’t know where to turn.”

Phil Cousineau, author, The Art of Pilgrimage and Stoking the Creative Fires

“With simplicity and authenticity … evokes a true rendering of painful dimensions of everyone’s condition…. Artfully gathers spiritual practices that support our attempts to love ourselves mercifully, while we compassionately choose to mend and love our severely broken world.”

Jonathan Montaldo, The Thomas Merton Institute for Contemplative Living