This beautiful anthology has been collected over a number of years. The compilers have assembled texts from a vast range of sources; Sally Rena, in particular, has endured much personal hardship and loss - the origins of this anthology lie in her own personal needs. As she coped with the problems she faced, she gathered together texts which she found gave her courage, hope, and inspiration. The result is an outstanding collection of material ranging from St. Augustine to Ruth Burrows, Malcolm Muggderidge, Rerne Voillaume, and Vincent McNab. The book is full of the most pleasant surprises for it also contains words of encouragement from writers like Eric Newby, Willa Cather, and Osip Mandelstam. There is a text from Napoleon and an outstanding short passage by Albert Einstein called "The Sensation of the Mystical" - a remarkable piece of writing for a scientist. The writers are mainly drawn from the Catholic tradition with each piece carefully set in a sequence giving the book its own rhythm. Timothy Radcliffe's Foreword sets the style, content, and ethos of the book as a whole.
Sally Rena is a novelist and journalist. Her novels including the prize winning The Sea Road West were published by Weidenfeld.