Awaken My Heart

This is the book cover of "Awaken My Heart: 52 Weeks of Giving Thanks and Loving Abundantly," by Emily Wilson Hussem. The book is reviewed by Rachelle Linner. (CNS photo/courtesy Ave Maria Press)

"Awaken My Heart: 52 Weeks of Giving Thanks and Loving Abundantly" by Emily Wilson Hussem. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2020). 268 pp., $17.95.

"Awaken My Heart" is a yearly devotional that introduces readers to a different kind of meditation, the invitation to pay attention to the thoughts, words and deeds that make up the texture of a woman's life.

It is simply structured: each weekly theme has a two- to three-page reflection, recommended soul exercises and a heartfelt prayer that can lead to a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Weekly themes range from healing of memories, problematic relationships and social concerns, and her reflections gently lead the reader to a conscious sense of gratitude. This book will appeal to women like its author -- relatively younger, economically comfortable, married mothers who are involved with organized religion.

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