Be Kind to Yourself: Releasing Frustrations and Embracing Joy by Cindy Bunch
When we experience frustrations in daily life, many of us hold ourselves to blame. Self-criticism is often our default setting. But we can have a more gracious posture toward ourselves. We can practice disciplines of self-kindness.
Editor and spiritual director Cindy Bunch calls us to self-care through greater compassion for ourselves in her book Be Kind to Yourself: Releasing Frustrations and Embracing Joy. She helps us pay attention to the frustrations that bug us in order to identify negative thinking about ourselves or others. As we do so, we can discern what we need to let go. This allows us to lean into the things that bring us joy. Each chapter is filled with spiritual practices and creative exercises for reflection and celebration. The pages of the appealing smaller book format are illustrated with photographs and art from the author.
Be kind to yourself. And discover new opportunities to embrace joy.
Paperback: 160 pages
Dimensions: 5.0 x 7.0 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cindy Bunch is an associate publisher and director of editorial at InterVarsity Press, where she has worked for more than thirty years. She acquires and develops for the Formatio line of spiritual formation books. She is the author of Be Kind to Yourself as well as several Bible study guides in IVP's LifeGuide® Bible Studies series.
Cindy holds an MA in theological studies from Northern Seminary and completed her spiritual direction training at North Park Seminary. She and her husband live in the Chicago suburbs.
"'The only true gift is a portion of oneself,' writes Ralph Waldo Emerson, and this, to me, is an apt description of what Cindy has done in the book you hold in your hand. She has shared with us generous portions of herself—her own story, her honest struggles, and the practices that have helped her endure and find joy in the midst of it all. Since all of us have our own stories that include joy and pain, gladness and sadness, this is something we all need."
— From the foreword by Ruth Haley Barton, founding president of the Transforming Center
"There is a sweet space where wisdom and innocence meet in the relationship between those who have given themselves to the rhythm of spiritual formation for a long time and those whose commitment is new. Cindy Bunch found it and then set the table for all of us to come together, using the same practices, to explore who we are in God and who we can become."
— Suzanne Stabile, author of The Path Between Us and host of The Enneagram Journey podcast