Holly W. Whitcomb
Eerdmans, 160 pages
Seekers get a lot of attention these days. Religious surveys track their movements and motivations. Churches design services just for them. One could easily assume that if you are not seeking, then you are lazy or unusually satisfied. That’s a self-defeating assumption, says Holly Whitcomb. There is more to life than seeking. It is built upon scarcity and creates a form insatiable longing. Whitcomb beautifully describes a different way: the way of finding. This way assumes abundance and it leads to gratitude. There is always enough. The question then is: How does one discover this abundance that is present at all times? The author is a minister, spiritual director and retreat leader who draws upon her own formation in the art of finding to guide her readers. “When we engage in finding, we recognize with humility and wonder that the universe contains possibilities beyond our power to imagine.” It may be a bit of a cliché to speak of gratitude as the mother lode of all happiness. Yet, all the wise ones have said the same: as our gratitude deepens, our lives flourish. Whitcomb leads readers into particular practices of savoring, blessing, welcoming the Spirit, saying yes and waking up that are designed for finding what is present. This is not about grasping, but receiving what is already here. This is a reliable guide for individuals and groups to cease seeking and begin finding the gifts that abide.