Many, many things happen in the stillness of worship. In the Stillness is a gentle, measured sharing of Elizabeth Mills’s experiences, which felt to me like walking a labyrinth. There is an absence of surprise, twists, or change of focus in the poems; instead, they feel like the sureness of walking into the center of a labyrinth, or listening to the intonations of a trusted Friend. The poems land like familiar voices describing the richness—the limitlessness—of where we are when we are in the stillness. At the end of most poems, Mills leaves us with either the simple word “Amen” (so be it), or a biblical citation to link the poem to a chapter and verse in the Bible. This may indicate the source of her inspiration, or guide us to further reading (or both).
In the Stillness: Poems, Prayers, and Reflections
By Books In Brief: Reviewed by Karie Firoozmand on January 1, 2020
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Karie Firoozmand is the book review editor for Friends Journal.Posted in: Drugs, January 2020 Book Reviews, Quaker Book Reviews