hopes to meet the reader at the place of spiritual longing. Spiritual longing can take many forms: a wish for meaning, a yearning for purpose and significance, a need for affirmation and assurance, an inner loneliness, an attraction to joy or beauty, a hunger for God.
Most people don’t look to their minds to help them satisfy the longing they feel, however. Thinking, the activity of the mind, is typically associated either with academic pursuits or strategies to succeed or be clever. It is seldom considered in terms of its association with the life of the soul. Yet the association is strong. Ideas and insights are just some of the prizes of thinking that overflow the cognitive perimeter to wash over and flood the soul with vitality.
Questions and searches deepen the soul. Knowledge invites the soul to join the mind in actions of service and belief. In prayer, mind and soul unite to participate in mystery. Through attentiveness, study, and contemplation, God is recognized and known, swelling both mind and soul with life.
With thinking as spiritual practice, mind meets soul and both are bound together.
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"Well written and practical, Just Think is an invitation to think big. It's a compelling call to fully engage your mind in order to fully embrace life. A must read for everyone."
–Dr. Kevin Leman, Psychologist and author of The New Birth Order Book
"This could become a little classic of practical spirituality... Long on wisdom, compassion, and insight, Just Think is a delight to read and ponder."
–Victoria Moran, Author of Creating a Charmed Life and Shelter for the Spirit
"Nancy Nordenson joyfully invites us to dust off our mental cobwebs and open our minds and hearts to new possibilities for living and thinking. Nothing is mundane or ordinary. A used airline ticket stub, family photos, rocks and shells are among the familiar objects in a busy day that become taking off points for her thoughtful reflections on life's big questions. She gently nudges us into our own fresh world of mental and spiritual growth and guides us along the way to become wiser in leading lives of significance and service."
–Donna Erickson, Executive Producer and Host of PBS's Donna's Day
"A page-turner is a book that holds the attention and motivates a reader to whip through page after page with bated breath. It's usually associated with 'fast' reading. Nordenson's book is in a rare class of 'slow' page-turners. So rich with quotations from many sources and her own finely crafted aphorisms and analogies, her pages make me want to 'just think' for awhile but yet hasten on to find the next treasures. Here is an excellent mind worth following as close as you can and sentences worth pondering as long as you can."
–Doug Newton, Senior Editor, Light and Life Magazine
“Just Think is a lovely, lyrical book that calls us to 'think in order to live more abundantly.' Nancy Nordenson writes for all women of faith, including those with little formal education. Her book provides invaluable guidance on a host of topics: how to grow in wisdom, how to see and appreciate beauty, how to balance faith and reason, and how to become equipped for creativity. Her insights will help readers live life more richly and worship God more fully."
–Katherine Kersten, Columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Just Think is a book that offers up the wisdom of the ages along with Nancy Nordenson's encouraging spin on living life thoughtfully in the here and now. It's a book I recommend to anyone who believes life is not just for existing, but growing with the gifts we've been given!"
–Joan Steffend, Host of Home and Garden TV's Decorating Cents