Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Book Notes - God's Three Step Plan by David Lee Kirkland

(Cover from God's Three Step Plan by David Lee Kirkland)

Today's forecast for St. Peters, MO: Sunny, high 61 degrees.

I think it's appropriate during Holy Week to take time to read and reflect on spiritual matters, including love, sacrifice and blessings. One book I've found to help me along my spiritual journey is God's Three Step Plan: A Celebration of Micah 6:8, written by David Lee Kirkland.

God's Three Step Plan, published by High Hill Press, explores the Biblical passage Micah 6:8, Micah of Moresheth, an Old Testament prophet.

First, a few words about the author. David Lee Kirkland ,"Kirk" to some of his friends, is an avid traveler and writer. He is also a Knights Templar, a father and a grandfather. He's neither a priest nor a prophet, but a layperson who, like many of us, is interested in leading a just life and becoming closer to God.

Kirkland's slim volume draws from the meaning of Micah, and is complemented with quotes and writings from the wisdom of saints and sages, including: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Adin Steinsaltz, The Daili Lama, Brother Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hahn, Origen, Father Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Chafetz Chaim, The Rebbe Menachem Schneerson, and Maimonides.

In God's Three Step Plan, Kirkland gently challenges the reader, no matter what one's faith or belief system, to pick a date in the future to take a spiritual quest and follow Micah: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.

Good advice during Holy Week, and any other time of the year.

8 comments:

  1. Lovely post, thank you. I have provided the link to a hundred or so of my closest friends which may stir some extra traffic.

    Kirk
    non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomine Tuo da gloriam

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  2. Kirk and Donna, If we can all remember to do those 3 things each day, we will live in a much better world--in the small sense and in the big sense. Thanks for sharing this book, Donna, and thanks for writing a book to help us along our spiritual path, Kirk.

    Margo Dill
    http://margodill.com/blog/

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  3. Hi Kirk,
    I hope lots of your friends read your book.
    Donna

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  4. Hi Margo,
    What you wrote is so true about remembering to do those 3 things each day. I need constant reminders!
    Donna

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  5. Sounds like a nice book and perfect reading during Holy week.

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  6. Hi Krysten,
    Thanks for stopping by. It's good to hear from you. I will be posting about another good book later this week.
    Donna

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  7. Oh, Donna, I needed that book yesterday when the Braves blew that 10 to 3 lead in the 7th inning! (That's one baseball memory I'd just as soon forget!)

    I'll be looking for David's book. I love the varied group of spiritual people he's rounded up as much as I love that verse from Micah. And I can certainly use help year-round!

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  8. Hi Cathy,
    Sorry about the Brave's loss. The Cardinals lost a heart-breaker on opening day after being ahead until the 9th inning.
    The good news is they won today, and my granddaughter Cari got to watch the game, along with other students from her school. So, it should be a good memory for her.
    Donna

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