The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to Pray



The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to PrayThe First Time She Said Those Words, Suggested To Her By An Episcopal Priest, Lindsey Crittenden Was Riddled With Misgivings She Didn T Pray Or Attend Church Services She Wasn T Even Sure She Believed In God But The Simple Phrase Held A Soothing Power She Couldn T Deny Unlike The Prayers Of Her Childhood With Their Vague References To Forgiving Trespasses And Dying Before You Wake, This Felt Solid I Am Here Was Incontestable, Certain You Are Here Confirmed The Existence Of A World Outside Herself And Eased The Knot Of Isolation Lindsey Had Been Carrying With Her Since The Day Her Brother DiedShe Soon Found That She Couldn T Pray Enough She Spoke To God She Questioned God And As A Result, She Came To A Deeper Understanding Of Herself And The World Around Her Prayer Opened Crittenden Up To The Present And To Those Around Her It Gave Her Strength When Her Mother, And Then Her Father, Became Ill, And When Her Late Brother S Young Son Became Increasingly Hers To Care For But When A Relationship Went Sour, Prayer Abandoned Her Or So It Seemed, Until She Learned The Most Important Lesson Of All Poignant, Personal, And Surprisingly Honest, The Water Will Hold You Is A Skeptic S Story As Much As It Is A Believer S Story It Explores The Power Of The Ineffable Through A Compelling Narrative Of Family, Loss, And Love Lindsey Crittenden Has Emerged As A Fresh New Voice With A Message To Cross Spiritual And Religious Lines Faith Is Constant Discovery

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to Pray
  • Lindsey Crittenden
  • English
  • 14 March 2017
  • 0307347354

10 thoughts on “The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to Pray

  1. Bettye says:

    I enjoyed this memoir by Lindsey Crittenden as she grieves the death of her brother, the aging and eventual death of her parents as a single woman who is mostly alone Her book is frank about her feelings about her brother, the drug addict who took so much of her parents attention After their son s death the parents adopt his young child and Lindsey helps as often as she can in order to give them some respite.As someone who came to prayer later in life I particularly responded to Lindsey s tur I enjoyed this memoir by Lindsey Crittenden as she grieves the death of her brother, the aging and eventual death of her parents as a single woman who is mostly alone Her book is frank about her feelings about her brother, the drug addict who took so much of her parents attention After their son s death the parents adopt his young child and Lindsey helps as often as she can in order to give them some respite.As someone who came to prayer later in life I particularly responded to Lindsey s turn to prayer and the church community as a way to cope and heal from her turbulent and stressful life

  2. Huien says:

    Life is messy and complicated, so it s acceptable for memoirs to reflect that to some degree Although I appreciate the author s willingness to be vulnerable in sharing her life story and the role that prayer has played in it, the lessons she has gleaned aren t always iterated as clearly Her trains of thought were, at times, unstructured, and it isn t always easy to get what she s trying to convey.

  3. Roxann says:

    I like the title of this book almost as much as anything in it This book found me in the library because I was intrigued by the title When she was a child learning to swim, Crittenden s teacher tried to get her to stop thrashing about by telling her, The water will hold you if you don t fight it The author notes that theshe struggled in the water theshe sank and floundered, but when she let the water hold her she floated She likens the experience to prayer When she stopped que I like the title of this book almost as much as anything in it This book found me in the library because I was intrigued by the title When she was a child learning to swim, Crittenden s teacher tried to get her to stop thrashing about by telling her, The water will hold you if you don t fight it The author notes that theshe struggled in the water theshe sank and floundered, but when she let the water hold her she floated She likens the experience to prayer When she stopped questioning and struggling and gave herself up to the experience, prayer buoyed her up in remarkable renewing ways About swimming, I float not only on the surface itself but on the sensation of floating my weightless body, the water around my face, the quiet calm in my mind I don t feel myself move, but when I open my eyes, my feet no longer point straight at the shallow end wall I have been turned on the surface of the water, the way a stick is carried by an eddy A beautiful analogy for prayer and for spiritual surrender Onethought I loved an answer to the author s prayer about Jesus s love What does it mean she asked one day out loud, and the unmistakable answer came, It means I know your name The book was meaningful for me as long as it followed Crittenden s spiritual journey I wasn t as enthralled with her sex life, or her protracted, deep depression Even that would have held some interest if there had been stronger emphasis on her newfound spirituality and prayer being her saving grace Not so much Three stars

  4. Cheryl says:

    An interesting memoir of a young woman battling her demonsprofound depression and family dysfunction It is quite well written but I was uncomfortable with how much she shared regarding her relationships Her sense of boundaries seems shaky at best This is no saccharine goody two shoes finds God story Her answers came, at least in part, from a deep connection to her spirituality However, do not expect a how to book to follow to deepen your own prayer life This is not that It is one woman An interesting memoir of a young woman battling her demonsprofound depression and family dysfunction It is quite well written but I was uncomfortable with how much she shared regarding her relationships Her sense of boundaries seems shaky at best This is no saccharine goody two shoes finds God story Her answers came, at least in part, from a deep connection to her spirituality However, do not expect a how to book to follow to deepen your own prayer life This is not that It is one woman s story of her unique experience fighting to the top of the ocean, finding that the water God s grace was enough to hold her

  5. Shevawn says:

    I really liked what Lindsey had to share about her spiritual journey the first half of the book.but after awhile, I felt like she began to focuson her personal story Which was interesting and well told..but her shifting to only alluding to her spiritual progress the second half of the book left me wanting to know .

  6. Annie says:

    Very well written book about a woman s spiritual and life journey, her loss of her beloved brother, her discovery of prayer, a relationship that ends and her subsequent depression, and her growing understanding of her father There sto it Despite the difficulties she goes through, it is an uplifting book and she is not a victim.

  7. LaLa says:

    I liked the emphasis on how prayer even if we don t know what we are praying too can lead us out of our darkness I didn t like how messed up the author was I think it s always hard for me to know that no matter how cool my guru is, they are still, totally messed up the nature of being human

  8. Donna says:

    I m not a skeptic about prayer because have seen first hand it works But I was curious and found Lindsey Crittenden s book an eye opener Part memoir and a spiritual journey filled with love, loss, acceptance and fulfillment.

  9. Jean says:

    On loan from my friend Elaine Really enjoyed the straightforwardness of the writing, the honesty of the writer and the beauty of it all Topics include faith, grief, loss, love, nature, solitude, stages of life.

  10. Virginia says:

    really enjoy Ms Crittenden s honest and very readable book.

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