Life is what you think about, reprised

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Last year I had the pleasure of holding a book signing for my latest book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends. Here, a reblog for you: the piece I wrote promoting the event–and my perspective on the goal of my writing as I see it right now.

Mollie Player is just a regular person. And yet, she is trying—sometimes very, very hard—to be different. And the way Mollie wants to be different is this: she wants to stay the same.

She just wants to be more of herself.

She wants to learn how to be aware of the Divine inside her at all times. She wants to communicate with God.

In other words: she wants to get enlightened.

Lofty goal? Maybe. Is she there yet? Probably not.

But she is, just maybe, on her way.

Often when people describe their lives these are the things they talk about:

  • What they did or do;
  • What they had or have;
  • Who they knew or know.

If you ask Mollie, though, she’d tell you that those things aren’t what life is at all.

Life, she says, is what goes on inside your mind.

It’s what you care about. It’s what you dream about.

It’s what you think about every day.

And so, even though she is just a regular person, Mollie decided to write about some of the thoughts that have made up her real life so far—and with which other regular people may be able to relate.

In Sometimes Very: How I Overcame Depression Without Experts or Medicine, she discusses her battle with chronic dysthemia.

In Happiness is the Truth: A Spiritual Manifesto, she tells what she thinks spirituality should be all about.

And, in You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends, she journals about her attempt to pray without ceasing for an entire year.

Mollie hopes that you like them, but more than that: she hopes they’ll make you different—even if that just means being more of yourself.

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