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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-918974-4
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 174 pages
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    • 978-1-03-918975-1
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 174 pages
  • Keywords
    • Christianity,
    • Divine awakening,
    • Spiritual purpose,
    • Spiritual self-help,
    • Personal memoir,
    • Inspirational memoir,
    • Sacred presence

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Awakening To Sacred Presence
The Way of Wholeness and Holiness
by Doreen D. Kostynuik

“We are born into the magnificent invitation to become who and what we are,” writes Doreen D. Kostynuik. From a tumultuous childhood, to nursing school, to the awakening and arrival into her spiritual calling, this book reflects the author’s lifelong love of reading, writing, praying, conversing, and journeying toward wisdom. Lucidly and beautifully written, Awakening to Sacred Presence weaves a personal and spiritual narrative from the author’s eighty years, living part-time as a Byzantine hermit and working as a spiritual director, community leader, and therapist. Within these pages lies the gentle and humble invitation to readers to awaken to Sacred Presence around and within them, to claim and exercise their own wisdom, and actualize their gifts as offerings to the world. Alongside poetry, prayer, journal entries, storytelling, and personal anecdotes, Kostynuik provides exercises and insight to develop psychic muscles: trusting inner knowing, embracing aloneness, moving through grief, and extending forgiveness, among other lessons. At the heart of this book is a firm grounding in—and insistence on—being present to life and its teachings and being available to possibility. The deceptively simple lessons of Awakening to Sacred Presence encourage readers to arrive in the here and now, to surrender to the revelation of possibility, and risk knowing themselves, all that they are, no more and no less.

Doreen’s writing is powerful and evocative. I felt the entire gamut of emotions reading part one of her manuscript. Her personal stories are filled with imagery and I could see her at different stages of her life’s journey, in my mind’s eye. I appreciate how open and vulnerable she has been in her memoir, which calls upon the reader to reflect on one’s own life in an equally honest manner. -Char de Faye, Secondary English teacher. Gleaned from her personal diaries, Awakening to Sacred Presence is beautifully written, spiritually luminous, a poetic testament to God’s transforming love. Readers will find Doreen Kostynuik to be an endearing and trustworthy guide in the struggle toward inner freedom. I highly recommend this work to anyone seeking spiritual truth and healing. -Mark Yaconelli, author of The Gift of Hard Things and Between the Listening and the Telling How Stories Can Save Us

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Doreen D. Kostynuik is a writer, educator, therapist, and spiritual director to individuals, religious congregations, and parishes. She holds a Master of Education in Counselling and is an enduring student of psychology, philosophy, cosmology, and theology. Her published works include a poetry collection, Songs of the Desert (1979), and three musical albums: I Wish You Rainbows, Doreen Kostynuik, and Moments of Grace. Doreen enjoys travel, photography, birdwatching, people watching, world news, mystery novels, and journaling. She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia with a community member with whom she shares a house of welcome and ministry.


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