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People and Places of Sacred Interior Spaces
Midrashic Monologues and Guided Meditations
by Laura C. Funk




Each piece in this book takes you on a journey into the interior spaces of your spirit. The book is divided into two sections: guided meditations and midrashic monologues.

The guided meditations invite you to imagine places and experiences that will lead you toward peace in your own life and heart. The contexts of a hermit’s cell, a grandmother’s lap, and a high mountaintop set the stage for exploring themes such as fear, gratitude, gifts, and peace. Each one leads you back to love.

The second section intertwines words and imagination to explore stories, with the ideas and emotions from scripture and the Early Church. Imagine the lives of Zechariah, Mary, and Simeon, and enter into their thoughts and feelings as they relate to Jesus. What might it have been like to be the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, or the woman at the well? The people and their stories come alive through narratives inspired by the Jewish tradition of Midrash.

People and Places of Sacred Interior Spaces is a valuable guide to encountering a loving and welcoming God for individual and group use.


“You have done some lovely pieces and working with these stories you certainly have an agile and delightful imagination. As a spiritual director you have experience in conversation with your people, helping make pathways to prayer and experience with the presence of God.”

—Eleanor Kreider, a Mennonite scholar and missionary educator, prolific author and editor of many books on Liturgy and Worship

“The meditations are easy to read but not simplistic. Explanations are clear. Fresh insights and new perspectives on the biblical story make them appealing. Well-known and lesser-known biblical characters come to life. The pace is gentle. You leave open-ended spaces for Spirit and the imagination. Though there are teaching gems inserted into the meditations, they are gracefully included and don't feel didactic…. I appreciated the strong emphasis on women characters and women's experiences.”

—Marlene Kropf, DMin, Associate Professor Emerita in Spiritual Formation and Worship and author of Preparing Sunday Dinner: A collaborative approach to worship and preaching among other great books


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Laura C. Funk has a B.Th. and an M.A. in Christian Ministry. She is an ordained spiritual director, retreat leader, and workshop facilitator with Butterfly Journeys (www.butterflyjourneys.ca).

Funk lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Treaty 1 Territory, with her husband and pet turtle.


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