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Ing on the longings doubts and hopes of all of us 'An enchanted and enchanting book Michael Mayne has brought us through a dance of treasures of nature and a fascinating store of literature from the mystery of the galaxies to the intricacies of the snowflake' From the Foreword by Dame Cecily Saunder. I am not sure this would be a 5 star book for everyone but for me for now it most definitely was This book is about the 12 seasons of the year or rather of life It uses the theme of dancing and the ideas in the traditional Book of Hours to frame life It is written from a thoroughly Christian perspective and I found it a lifeline of hope and joy It is not fundamentalist though A beautifully written book for modernity on living and dying

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Learning to Dance

‘My theme is the dance the dance of life; the dance of the cosmos of the natural world and the tiniest particles of matter; the dance of music and paint and words; the dance of those cruel times which feels like dancing in the dark; the dance of relationships of forgiveness friendship and love; th. A book which is a balm to the soul Michael Mayne explores the interface between faith spirituality Christian beliefs and modern life through the theme of life s dance which unties the ages and gives us a glimpse of eternity He uses the months of the year the changing seasons and traditional book of hours occupations to structure each chapter s genesis and he intersperses his dialogue with the reader around many uotes from authors spiritual leaders religious works and indeed ordinary people He covers so many themes and uestions about faith that it would be impossible to list them all I particularly enjoyed his discussion of his own life and vocation his engagement with evolution and uantum physics his themes of letting go and dying a good death the depiction of God as an artist and his chapters about darkness and the problem of evil where Mayne extrapolates the crucifixion as less of an answer from God rather as God eternally entering into this human uestion Dame Cicely Saunders summarises this book as enchanted and enchanting on the back cover which describes it perfectly Mayne s elouent and elegant exploration of his chosen themes lulls the reader into a contemplative state which is aided by his thoughtful and well chosen excerpts and allows the us to journey in union with Mayne s meditations which echo the uestions and worship of millions of humans throughout history I read this book straight through as one would read a novel which gave a sense of continuity to Mayne s themes However I think it would lend itself eually well to a modulated read over the course of a year following the book s monthly structure as an aid to prayer or meditation Whilst the latter half of the book particularly centres around exploring Christian faith Mayne never actively seeks to evangelise the reader and his beliefs do not enshrine a fundamentalist viewpoint I read this book at a point of darkness with my faith where I was struggling to find hope and believe in a loving and Trinitarian God and this was one of the few books that assisted with both my rational and relational doubts about God As such I believe that people who may be doubting or disillusioned with their Christian faith will find deep waters of spiritual refreshment in this book However I also believe that many people who identify as spiritual but not religious or who are have inuisitive atheistic or agnostic beliefs and are mystified by the hows and whys of Faith would also find much to ponder in its pages Thus my 5 star rating for this book is as much for its style as its content In summary this is not a intensive theological book that explores science reason faith and belief although its passes through explorations of all these topics Instead its nature is akin to the dance that it explores where a raw and truthful portrayal of the experience of being human gives voice to the universal uestions of mankind which find rest in the mystical spirit of God who unites creation with himself in the hidden and eternal dance

Michael Mayne ✓ 6 Summary

E dance of faith; and finally that hidden dance that some call heaven’ Few writers have explored the borderland between faith and contemporary living elouently and engagingly in recent years than Michael Mayne In Learning to Dance he creates a magical weave of poetry science and spirituality touch. I am not a religious person Michael Mayne is extremely positive about his belief in GodSo we begin from polar opposite positionsMichael did not persuade me to change my views I don t know if that was his intentWhat he did do was to talk to me about spirituality in ways that were understandable enjoyable and which helped me with my own enuiriesHe named lots of artists especially writers who I followed up on for that alone I have to thank himMy friend recently lost his memory he loves dancing he is spiritual I have lent him this book to help him rebuild I hope it helps


5 thoughts on “Learning to Dance

  1. says:

    A book which is a balm to the soul Michael Mayne explores the interface between faith spirituality Christian beliefs and 'modern life' through the theme of life's dance which unties the ages and gives us a glimpse of eternity He uses the months

  2. says:

    I am not a religious person Michael Mayne is extremely positive about his belief in GodSo we begin from polar opposite positionsMichael did not persuade me to change my views I don't know if that was his intentWhat he did do was to talk to me about spirituality in ways that were understandable enjoyable and which helped me with my own enuiriesHe named lots of artists especially writers who I followed up on for that alone I have

  3. says:

    I am not sure this would be a 5 star book for everyone but for me for now it most definitely was This book is about the 12 seasons of the year or rather of life It uses the theme of dancing and the ideas in the traditional Book of Hours to frame life It is written from a thoroughly Christian perspective and I found it a

  4. says:

    I surprised myself with this one

  5. says:

    This is a great book for reminding you of the beauty of God's creation and the passing seasons in the world around us and life itself An inspiring book with great uotes from literary greats too