Catholic recording artist and popular blogger Susan Bailey reveals, in this personal and moving narrative, how several major losses helped her rediscover creativity and faith. Filled with powerful insights on the presence and action of grace—in the Mass and sacraments, in nature, and even in grief—River of Grace guides readers to strengthen their faith during tough times and discover their own hidden gifts.
In just a few years’ time, Bailey experienced one challenge after another: the deaths of her father and mother, financial issues, and the loss of her singing voice. Using the rich imagery of a river of grace, Bailey relates how her devotion to the Eucharist inspired her to see Christ’s presence in her life and helped her to trust again.
Each chapter of River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times relates Bailey’s experiences of loss and growth and features original activities and personal rituals that include everything from Joni Mitchell music videos and hot baths to imagery and uncooked spaghetti. These inspirational tools guide readers to reflect on their own experiences. Prayers and poetry are found throughout the book and a set of insightful reflection questions are placed at the end of each chapter.
Features & Benefits
- Susan Bailey has appeared as a guest on EWTN and CatholicTV and contributes toThe Catholic Free Press, Catholic Online, CatholicMom.com, and Catholic.net.
- Bailey’s two blogs, Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion and Be As One, have a combined 81,000 views per year.
"Gentle reflections with graceful tools."
"If, like me, you have experienced failure or loss and can’t quite find your way out of the darkness, you will appreciate this book. Susan Bailey offers gentle reflections with graceful tools that bring light, creative renewal, and a fuller Christian life."
Rev. Robert Reed
President of CatholicTV and author of Renewed
"Powerful and beautifully written book."
"Susan Bailey’s powerful and beautifully written book is much more than an insightful spiritual memoir. River of Grace is also a brilliant reflection on the connections between creativity and grace."
Amy Belding Brown
Author of Flight of the Sparrow
"In this gentle book, Susan Bailey reminds us that every experience is awash in blessing. All we need to do is navigate the river of grace that flows through it to discover the meaning and possibility it offers."
Sr. Bridget Haase, O.S.U.
Cohost of Spirit and Life
"Personal stories and try-this-yourself suggestions."
"Susan Bailey’s personal stories and her try-this-yourself suggestions remind readers to be gentle and patient with themselves in the aftermath of grief or loss. True healing may be less a renewal of the old self and more a re-creation of someone new."
Author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious
"Simple practices, ordinary materials, and here-and-now situations."
"Susan Bailey not only invites the reader into stories but also into experience. Through simple practices, ordinary materials, and here-and-now situations, she provides moments in which we can understand the workings of Spirit and connect with God’s ongoing ‘flow’ of grace in us."
Vinita Hampton Wright
Catholic blogger and author of The Art of Spiritual Writing