Becoming Flame: Uncommon Mother-Daughter Wisdom
by Isabel Anders

Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010. ISBN 978-1-608-99266-9.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 09/08/2010

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration; Nonfiction: Relationships

We only have a few years to impart knowledge and wisdom to our children. Mothers share their knowledge and wisdom through answering children's questions. This often happens when the chatter of life is quieted and the real conversation begins such as when working through the mundane, observing and appreciating nature, or communing, with one another.

Becoming Flame is a little book packed full of brief mother-daughter dialogues, such as the one below that express wisdom, knowledge and profound insight.

"The Mother and Daughter saw a great ship on the horizon, its sails catching the red and gold of the morning rays.

'I long to be carried by such a glorious ship to the land of my hopes and dreams,' wished the Daughter aloud.

'You have been blessed with just such a Ship,' said the Mother.

'What is its name?' asked the Daughter.

Her Mother replied, 'It is your Soul.'"

Anders writes simply and mystically with a lovely poetic cadence. This book would be a great gift for special mothers.

Isabel Anders has produced or contributed to a number of inspirational books on a variety of subjects, including Soul Moments (Cowley), Simple Blessings for Sacred Moments (Liguori), and The Faces of Friendship (Wipf & Stock); narrated devotional CDs, Soul Openings and Soul Openings 2; and authored the 2008 calendar, Seasons for the Soul (Tide-Mark Press). Visit her website.

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