I preached at First Parish U U in Needham, MA last Sunday and the high point of the service was the TIME FOR ALL AGES where I told the story of how I became a marble moguil If you haven’t read my book, please buy it; if you read it and like it, please review it on amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Audacity-Disciplines-Human-Flourishing/dp/1634890760/gul Ranger Elementary School was a small brick building that served kids from the poorer side of Tiverton, RI. My family was among the poorest in town. My father was the minister of a working-class Baptist church and I was the fifth of his ten children. Beginning in first grade, I discovered the boys played marbles at recess. I didn’t know how to play. Marbles cost money. No one was allowed to play unless you played for keepsies, where the loser must give his marbles to the winner. This felt like a form of gambling. And even if you won, you could still lose your marbles. If they spilled onto the floor, the teacher would confiscate them …
What does it mean to be a mystic, to live between two worlds, embrace all of life as a spiritual pilgrim, to treat every moment as if it matters, every step as if it is upon Holy Ground? Perhaps I should begin by telling you some of what I know about mystics. I have traveled to distant lands, over the course of decades, traversing diverse cultures and ways of being human, in answering this question of what it means to be living in divine mystery as a transient spiritual pilgrim. There are so many spiritual pilgrims who have traveled this way before me. I am not the first and shall not be the last. You will meet many of my fellow mystics in the pages of this book. As the English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, “You are going, not indeed in search of the new world, like Columbus and his adventurers, nor yet another world that now is, and ever has been, though undreamt of by many, and by the greater part even …
I just sent a rough draft of my second book, SPIRITUAL PILGRIM: Lessons from Mystic Journeys with Five Faiths, to my favorite editor to begin the process of polishing it. I continue to enjoy the journey. If you haven’t read my first book, SPIRITUAL AUDACITY: Six Disciplines of Human Flourishing, please buy it and read it. If you enjoy it, please give it a five star review on amazon. That is the only way amazon will offer it to others to read as well. Thank you. Jim
It has been among the top 5% best selling books on amazon, has already garnered eight five star reviews, and my distributor has shipped over 200 copies of my book this first month. I am very grateful for all of you who believed in me and encouraged me on this path. getting this message of human flourishing out to a wider audience feels like my newest ministry. If you have not yet read my book, please buy it and read it, I want to know what you think of it. If you have read it, and liked it, please post a review on amazon. Amazon says if I can get fifty positive reviews of my book then they will offer it to others seeking spiritual books as well. Thank you all!
Last night friends and transcendentalists gathered at First Parish in Concord to welcome Concord’s latest transcendentalist author’s book SPIRITUAL AUDACITY: Six Disciplines of Human Flourishing https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Audacity-Disciplines-Human-Flourishing/dp/1634890760/ into the literary world. First Parish’s senior minister Rev. Howard Dana opened with a poem from Mary Oliver, perhaps America’s leading living transcendentalist poet. Then he offered a few words on human flourishing. Next Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom explained how the book came to be and read excerpts from the chapters on divine mystery and spiritual awakening. The evening culminated with Louisa May Alcott, courtesy of Orchard House, wandering in to congratulate Concord’s latest transcendentalist author. Now on to the October 5, 2017 author’s night at the Concord Library.
Anyone who knows me well knows I delight in being audacious. Like sitting down to write the story of my life as a spiritual memoir, and it becoming a guidebook to help discover your own spiritual path. I have traveled a strange and mystic path and hope it helps you on your journey. If you are anywhere near First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Concord, MA from 7 pm to 9 pm on Friday, September 22, 2017, please come by and join our celebration and book launch party. There will be readings, refreshments, and books to buy and sign. All are welcome!
As part of my family’s attempt to positively impact global climate change we donated money for Camino Verde to acquire and restore forty acres of Amazonian rain forest. This short youtube video provides a first glimpse at what they are calling the Sherblom Family Forest. 🙂