The Seeker’s Guide to Harry Potter

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The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter

I bought this book after stumbling on to it while looking for something else. I was actually looking for a spirituality book I could share with a preschooler.

The universe. Love it.

I had no idea what to expect from this book, which I kind of love because I expected nothing. It’s not too often I go into a book with no expectations. So it’s always kind of refreshing when it happens.

One of the things I loved about this book, is the paper. It feels like a heavier weight paper.

It is 259 pages if you include the bibliography, footnotes/end notes section etc.
The actual book is 212 pages. (Speaks volumes about how awesome the bibliography section and such are!)

I loved this book.
It’s not a light read, so if you are looking for something light and fluffy to escape in to this is not that book.(By any stretch of the imagination)
If you are a Harry Potter fan who loves analyzing the series than this could be a book for you. However if you are a Harry Potter fan who also is in to Spirituality than this is your book.

The best way I found for me to really take this book in was with a pen to mark sections and underline (the horror!)
But I am also considering re-reading it, now that I’ve finished it to really take it in. There is just so much meat to it, and so many amazing things to  consider and mull on that I honestly think it deserves at the very least that.

I love all the different spiritual/religious paths mentioned through out this book. It doesn’t just choose one path and run with it. The author truly opens up and dives in with many different faiths and includes snippets and references through out her writing.

The author also references the different editions of the book, and notes where differences lie between the books. Which gave her books that much more.
You can see the authors heart in every page of this book, as well as her love for the series itself.
It wasn’t just an easy money grab.

My recommendation for this book is to give it at least a long weekend to read through, don’t rush through it. It’s only 212 pages with out the end bits. But it has meat on its bones. Take your time, have a pen and a notepad with you so you can scribble notes, and underline (or post it notes to mark pages at least). Settle in with a tea (or your favourite cold beverage if you’re also enjoying the heat) and let yourself absorb this book.

Can’t recommend this book enough. 5 stars.

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Lent 2015

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Today is the first day of Lent.  February 18th to April 5th 2015.
Which I had never known anything about until I read Love & Salt.

According to Wikipedia:

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial.

I am using a few different Lent online services that I found.
One aligning with most Christians/Catholic being SSJE (Society of Saint John the Evangelist). The accompanying PDF can be found here.
Each day there is a word that associates with a specific video and some reflection. Today’s being TIME.

This one really struck a chord with me.
It never feels like there is enough time for everything that I want to do every day. Parenting responsibilities leave me wondering where I am going to find time for me and all the things that I want/need every day.

The video questions, how we could re-order time.
Which leaves me wondering whether there is a way that I could re-order time to find more time.
A way to appreciate the time I have.

The second one aligning with Unitarian Universalists. (A Black and White Printable List can be found here.)
With this one, there is no daily video.
This one also includes a word on Sunday.(Unlike some that allow a weekly break on Sundays)
For this one the daily word was Practice.

I was surprised to find that both words had similar emotions for me.
There never feels to be enough time, what time there is feels about the size of a grain of sand that is slipping through my fingers.

Practice – also feels like there is never enough of it. Practice involves Time. Something there is also not enough of. (Also, motivation. lol)

The third and final resource is this one.
Lent Maddness that I heard about completely by accident.

32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and Who will win the Golden Halo?people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

You can download and print your 2015 bracket here.
I like this one because it gives you a resource to find out more about Saints you may of never heard of before.

I love the different ways all these resources can be used regardless of your religion or faith.
Saints can provide inspiration regardless of your chosen faith. A model teaching us a way to live.

Part of my goal to live by my word of the year this year: SEEK.
Was to seek inspiration from everywhere I could.
For me, it was also time to find out about Lent. It has been a fascination for me since Love and Salt.

I plan to reflect on both the daily words. SSJE and UU.
They both just take mere minutes to read/watch and letting it float around in my consciousness leads for a good spirtual pay off.
It gives me a way to try to better myself and my life.

It makes the world a better place for me when I am trying to live  a more spiritual life. 🙂

If you are following Lent this year, what does it mean for you?

 

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