||A Brief Review of
A 30 Day Retreat: A Personal Guide to Spiritual Renewal.
Paperback: Paulist Press, 2010.
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Reviewed by Kevin Book-Satterlee.
Once while peering at the pitiful waves upon a Scottish coastline, I heard a voice from a Minnesota friend cry out, “These waves are huge!” Huge? These little ankle-biting waves couldn’t even push a turtle into shore, let alone a surfer. But my friend did not have the luxury of growing up by the pounding waves of the Northern California Coast, where a bad day displays a series of four foot waves. She instead marveled at the waves that “towered” over the ones that she had ever seen in the Great Lakes.
My experience with A 30 Day Retreat, by William Mills, reminded me of that coastal experience in Scotland. I wanted to get a rush and ride the big waves of spirituality, but instead, I found myself wondering how anything could even get propelled. Yet, despite my lack of enthusiasm for Mills’s book, perhaps one who’d never seen the giant waves of God’s spiritual life would take this book for something amazing. Mills did, after all, write for a searching audience, not a twenty-something seminary grad.