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Hope As Old As Fire

Hope As Old As Fire
Steven Charleston
ISBN 978-0-9851419-0-5
176 pages

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If you would like to read examples of the kinds of meditations you will find in HOPE AS OLD AS FIRE, CLOUD WALKING, CLIMBING STAIRS OF SUNLIGHT, ARROWS OF LIGHT, and TURN TO THE WILD WIND please join the author, Steven Charleston, in his Facebook community. He began writing a daily meditation five years ago and they are the source for his best selling books.

"Bishop Steven Charleston is a voice of hope for our times. I pray many will listen to that voice in this collection of his writings."
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Poet and prophet both, Charleston will draw you into unimagined ways of seeing, and nudge you into nearness with earth and spirit alike. Beware the reading, you will be transformed!"
- The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

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Excerpt from Hope As Old As Fire:

"Leave the shadows to do their work, drawing down the light of day. Let the quiet fingers of twilight fold evening's cover over sleeping houses, where innocent hearts rest beneath a blanket of prayer. Let go of care and worry. They will wait patiently for your return. But walk now sleep's solemn path, until the manager mind is at peace, and God's holy dreams rise up around you like a garden growing by moonlight. For these hours you will be a child again, safe and beloved, held by ancient arms, eternal and gentle as nightfall."


HOPE AS OLD AS FIRE is a visionary collection of meditations written spontaneously every morning before dawn over the course of a year. As part of his spiritual discipline, Steven Charleston rises each morning to pray and beginning in 2011, at the request of friends, he began to write down brief reflections that came to him as images in words, echoes in language of his prayers. The result is a book that has inspired thousands of people with the clarity, simplicity and beauty of their spiritual message, a message of hope for every person who seeks to walk through life in a sacred way.

HOPE AS OLD AS FIRE has become something of an underground classic in the short amount of time it has been available to the public. Since it was first published at the end of April, 2012, it has gone through three printings and reached an international audience. It began as the personal reflections of its author, Steven Charleston, an Episcopal Bishop and Native American theologian. Each morning before dawn, he would rise to pray and then write down a few simple lines of meditation to capture his feelings and visions. At first, only a handful of people ever read these meditations, but over time, by word of mouth, more and more people came to discover them. Today thousands of people are reading the meditations in HOPE AS OLD AS FIRE. The book is used for individual spiritual devotions, for book study, for retreats, for gifts of blessing to others. It is evolving into a spiritual tradition as a growing community of people seek out the daily Facebook postings where Bishop Charleston still posts his meditations and where future collections of his writings will appear through Red Moon Publications.

HOPE AS OLD AS FIRE is a book for any person of any faith who strives to live mindfully in a spiritual way. It speaks in a language that is poetic, personal, and prophetic. It offers images of hope and visions of healing for all people, inspiring them to believe that there is a greater purpose to their lives and a greater power that is watching over them with love and compassion. HOPE AS OLD AS FIRE is the kind of book that you can return to over and over again, always finding something new to stir your imagination or touch your heart. It is a companion on your spiritual journey. It is a gift for you from the ancient wisdom of Native America, and a gift you can share with others as you extend its message of hope to all those you encompass in your own prayers and love.