Olive Drane considers ways in which our everyday rituals can become opportunities for creating nurturing spiritual spaces, even at beginnings, ends, times of transition and crisis.
Olive M. Fleming Drane is the author of Clowns, Storytellers, Disciples (BRF and Augsburg Fortress 2004) and co-author (with John Drane) of Family Fortunes: faith-full caring for today's families (DLT 2003). She is adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, California.
Fresh and insightful, Olive Drane's Spirituality to Go peaks the imagination by encouraging us to recognise that even the most mundane moments of life can be charged with meaning if we just mark them ritually. Too often we think of ritual as something habituated and routine but Drane reminds us that is not the case: ritual can provide a sense of identity for those who otherwise have none. From acknowledging changes (like getting a passport, blending a family, warding off illness or becoming a grandparent), to defusing contentious relationships, to taking a holiday, to facing our inner fears, Spirituality to Go looks at ordinary life anew and suggests surprising ways that we can enhance our experience through simple ritual practices.
- Wendy M. Wright, PhD