"In an Oklahoma church, a woman condescendingly told her, 'You came for a better life.' Nayeri writes, 'I thought I’d pass out—a better life? In Isfahan, we had yellow spray roses, a pool. A glass enclosure shot up through our living room, and inside that was a tree … life in Iran was a fairytale.'”
"Providing focus areas for readers’ journaling paths to wellness, the book also features poignant personal stories on how real individuals found healing and growth through writing."
"Bowen is adept at taking complex ideas from a variety of ancient and modern sources and boiling them down. By necessity, things get oversimplified in the process, but she offers plenty of resources for further study throughout the body of the book. These 'ideas for cultivating spiritual moments' include an eclectic array of practices for each day of the week for a total of three weeks."
"Contrary to popular assumption, Taylor argues, all religions are not alike. They peer at humans from different vantages, and thus propose different solutions to problems. Exploring this with her students, many of whom are evangelical Christians, showed Taylor that her true calling is to find bridges between her own faith and that of others."
"Though commonly labeled a disorder, anxiety, for Paul, is simply evidence of the imagination and an invitation to wholeness. She shares tools and mindsets that allow us to approach anxiety with curiosity instead of shame, so that we may decode its messages, wherever they surface."
"Integrating candid questions for personal analysis, the book incites a profound look within ourselves to determine what we really care about, what moves and motivates us, and what aspects of our world we want to see changed."