Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide: Lessons in Engaged Contemplation

Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide

By Adam Bucko. A collection of reflections, stories and practices from the life and experiences of Father Adam Bucko — interreligious pioneer, monastic leader, spiritual director, and activist — designed for people trying to live at the intersection of contemplation and justice. Written against the backdrop of the COVID 19 pandemic and America’s reckoning with growing poverty, injustice and systemic racism, offers guidance on how to adopt an “engaged contemplation,” a lived spirituality responsive to suffering and injustice. The book is divided into three parts: Listening to Life, Touching What Frightens Us, and Interrupting Silence. Each chapter offers readers an invitation to pay attention to God who is eager to accompany us through our challenges and hopes. Throughout, readers are invited to draw from the author’s personal experiences, alongside wisdom from mentors, scripture, and spiritual activists and mystics, such as St. Teresa of Avila, Howard Thurman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Catherine Doherty and Thich Nhat Hanh. The book ends with a roadmap for people looking to integrate a “rule of life” in service of compassion and justice for all. Includes an appendix of contemplative practices to help readers develop discernment, courage, and receptivity to God who is always guiding towards healing and liberation. Read more.