Firstlight by Sue Monk Kidd
The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd

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In Firstlight, bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd offers readers an intimate glimpse into the early years of her journey as both writer and spiritual seeker.

Drawn from the author's early writings for Guideposts and, to a lesser extent, other publications, this selection of personal reflections and essays is organized around thirteen spiritual motifs and interwoven to create a compelling narrative about the author's spiritual awakening.

Included are writings about the author's multiple roles as mother, daughter, wife, nurse, and writer. There are recollections about her extensive travels and reflections on her childhood and marriage. And there are musings on a stream of ordinary moments--watching a bird feeder, a homeless man, a golf tournament-- all of whih added richness and meaning to the author's journey.


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Sue Monk Kidd was born in Sylvester, Georgia on August 12, 1948. She received a B.S. in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1970 and worked throughout her twenties as a registered nurse and college nursing instructor. She got her start in writing at the age of 30 when a personal essay she wrote for a writing class was published in Guideposts and reprinted in Reader's Digest. She went on to become a contributing editor at Guideposts and a freelancer. She primarily writes non-fiction, but is best known for her novel, The Secret Life of Bees, which won the 2004 Book Sense Paperback book of the Year. The book was made into a movie in 2008. Her other works include God's Joyful Surprise, When the Heart Waits, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Firstlight, and Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story. The Mermaid Chair won the 2005 Quill Award for General Fiction and was adapted into a television movie by Lifetime.
Published October 10, 2006 by GuidepostsBooks. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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My favorite piece in the book is a short "Availability" anecdote, recounting a visit to a homeless shelter and Sue's conversation with James, a resident who eagerly shows her his "book" --- a scrapbook featuring worthless incidentals (a restaurant napkin, a calendar, a few autographs) that "repre...

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The author of the best-selling novel The Secret Life of Bees, Kidd has selected devotional essays she wrote for Guideposts magazine to create observations on faith, compassion, grace, love and more.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Sue Monk Kidd is the bestselling author of two extraordinary novels: The Secret Life of Bees (2002), and The Mermaid Chair (2005).

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