I thought this was a beautiful, small book. It's very thoughtfully laid-out, with different chapters focusing on different types of rituals that are possible according to life stages.
There are chapters that focus on the way we can incorporate ritual into things such as adolescence, dealing with loss, family celebrations, religious celebrations, relationship breakdowns, menopause etc etc. I think the author did a great job of writing about many different life events, and looked at creative ways we can incorporate rituals into our everyday lives, in big and small ways.
Several of the chapters were very moving; the author often describes specific examples of rituals conducted with clients and family members, and I found that I could really relate to these personal stories. If anything, I wanted more of these personal stories, and also more of the authors personal experience and journey.
The book is written from a Catholic perspective, but you wouldn't need to be a Catholic (or even a Christian) to follow the book. I think about 99% of what the author writes isn't religiously based, most of the book is quite secular in its descriptions of how you can create rituals in your own life.
I really recommend this book to anyone who is looking to engage more meaningfully with the life stages they (and their family/friends) are going through. It's a really lovely book that gave me lots of ideas about how I could incorporate rituals (some big, some small) into my own life. I'd like to see more books by Jim Clarke - maybe a workbook on doing rituals (which expands on the personal reflection questions at the end of each chapter of this book. )show more
by Emma Corcoran