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****Sweeping Changes

Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks

by Gary Thorp

Reviewed August 24, 2004.
Walker & Company, New York, 2000.  159 pages.

A big thank you to my sister Wendy for giving me this book some time ago.  In the accompanying letter (which I used as a bookmark), she said, “One word of caution, though:  It actually made me like doing housework!  Watch out!”

I can’t quite claim that this book made me like doing housework, but it did bring me closer to that point.  Although this book looks at housework as Zen practice, the thoughts are equally applicable to a Christian seeking to practice the principle found in Colossians 3:23:  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Each chapter looks at a different aspect of keeping a house and how we can carry out that task in a mindful, creative, nurturing way.  He draws parallels with life itself.  This is a lovely book, perfect to dip into little by little and remind yourself that housework doesn’t have to be chores.

Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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