Divine Sparks: Collected Wisdom of the Heart Karen Speerstra, editor
Paperback • 600 pages
Assembled in this book are close to 5,400 “Divine Sparks” – collected quotations and sayings from all paths of spiritual wisdom. From “Abundance” to “Zoroastrianism,” the 509 topics are arranged alphabetically. What makes this collection unique is the author’s vision of a broadly-defined spiritual spectrum – covering all the familiar topics of spirituality, but wide enough to include topics such as ambiguity, bees, chaos, fractals, gambling, humor, identity, journey, knots, living systems, stones, whales and yew trees. Believing that spirituality and creativity are intricately linked, Speerstra includes many insights on such topics as art and artists, beauty, color, dance, icons, imagination, music, painting, poetry, sculpture, storytelling and writing. Women will find here a ready affinity with such topics as abuse, birth, blood, care-taking, circles, depression, dreams, feminine energy, friendship, goddess, healing, home, interconnectedness, moon, play, ritual, etc. Consultants and others in business and organizational development will find wise insights on such diverse topics as achievement, balance, communication, community, complexity, control, creativity, dialogue, discovery, entropy, failure, future, goals, innovation, knowledge, language, leaders/leadership, listening, living systems, motivation, order/disorder, possibilities, potential, quantum theory, questions, relationships, responsibility, service, synchronicity, synergy, talent, technology, values, vocation, and, of course, work.
“Wisdom is wisdom, the source cannot matter.” These “remembered truths” come from close to 1,800 different authors. In her introduction, Speerstra states that she selected these “sparks” from sources other than religious texts, poetry, Shakespeare, or the usual, often-quoted sources readily found elsewhere. She also excluded the author “Anonymous.”
The audience for this book will include speakers and writers, especially those writing on spiritual topics, for both traditional publishing as well as web-based. Potential demographics of buyers will also include cultural creatives and anyone who enjoys “borrowing wisdom from ordinary and extraordinary sources.”
“We are all sparks of the Divine flame.”_Hildegard of Bingen
“To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”_Jiddu Krishnamurti