Marti White, Spirit & Life, 2005

January 6, 2022

“In her openly personal manner, Paula D’Arcy helps us understand what it means to truly love, how to open our hearts to others and give what is most needed—our authentic selves. She describes her own tragic loss of husband and child in a drunken driving accident, her rise from the grief, and then tells the stories of three others with whom she shared deeply of life and death and grief. Among these were Julia, a young woman courageously trying to make a new life after a prison term, Scott, a teenager locked in feelings that he cannot deal with, and Morrie Schwartz (Tuesdays with Morrie), dying of ALS and searching for meaning in his life. By being completely authentic with them, she learns as much as she gives. ‘Acceptance and healing had begun in earnest for me when I became willing to see beauty in exactly what I’d been given. As soon as I stopped holding onto memories, or even to the way I wanted my life to unfold I began taking in how it was unfolding.’ The message of love permeates the memoir as we see these relationships develop and grow and become something life changing for each person, including the author. This growing knowledge of how to forgive and love moves Ms. D’Arcy to mend her broken relationship with her father and risk beginning a new life of discovery, leaving behind her home of many years and moving half way across the country to be near a friend who shares her desire to grow in spirit. Sacred Threshold is a little book with a big message—a very good read. “

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