A healing life? Is there an art to crafting a life that is whole, healthy, and a blessing to others? My colleague, Ingrid Peschke, invited a guest writer, Kim Shippey, to share his perspective on life with Ingrid’s blog readers. Writing for the March 14, 2016 blog post of “Changing Tides of Health, Kim wraps his brief review of a gentle new book, The Carpenter, in a sweet commentary on the art of living well–the art of crafting a life with spiritual tools. Here’s Kim:
You can help yourself to self-help books any time of the day or night in any supermarket, airport, or convenience store anywhere in the world. They are compact, short-chaptered, repetitive, and laced with charts and review exercises—all designed to make you purposeful, happy, and successful.
But sometimes, although using similar tools, a book will dig a little deeper into things of the spirit and inspire us with stories of health and healing—even when shaped primarily by the writer’s imagination.
One of these is The Carpenter, by Jon Gordon (Wiley, 2014). His story features a character called Michael who battles his way back from serious injuries sustained in a fall brought about by overwork and stress in his ailing business.
The man who saves Michael’s life on a city sidewalk is a humble but quick-thinking carpenter who turns out to be more than a skillful woodworker. He is also a shaper of lives, careers, and people in need.
This “carpenter” bears an uncanny and mostly undisguised resemblance to the central figure in the New Testament of the Bible, and his wisdom, caring, and healing spirit inform all 134 pages of this heartwarming tale….