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Sanctuary of the Spirit by Steven Charleston

Sanctuary of the Spirit
Steven Charleston
ISBN 978-0-9987540-0-0
148 pages

Available in print book and e-book:

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

Excerpt from Sanctuary of the Spirit:

Every time I have a new book come out, I sprinkle a little corn meal on the ground to honor the Cloud People. Written language was invented independently in two places: in ancient Mesopotamia and in ancient Mexico. My distant ancestors, the Cloud People of southern Mexico, developed written language in the Americas. They believed words are a sacred gift to help heal the world. Words are tiny spirits, flying over paper seas, carrying messages between us. They must be treated with reverence. I try to remember that when I write. I try to release small spirits that can help to heal the world.

My meditations carry messages. When they are put together, like words forming a sentence, they begin to tell a story. That story, that theology, talks to us about the nature of reality, the presence of a loving Spirit in our lives, and the call to each of us to recognize and embrace our place in a holy community. My goal in this collection of meditations is to begin to put these messages together so we can read the deeper meaning behind them.


SANCTUARY OF THE SPIRIT is a book unlike any other that Red Moon Publications has published. While we have offered annual collections of the daily meditations written by Steven Charleston,and while we have brought out three of his novels that have become famous as his Martian trilogy , this is the first time we have been able to bring you a work that can be described as a personal theology.

In SANCTUARY OF THE SPIRIT, Steven takes the meditations he wrote during the year 2016 and weaves them into what he calls “a complete narrative”. He tells how he began to wonder if there was a deeper message in the meditations, something beyond what each individual meditation might say. Slowly, as he began to read through his daily reflections, he began to see a story emerging, a theology that was contained within the meditations.

That theology is a profound message for all of us living in these very uncertain and troubled times. This book will be one that you will want to share with others. It is a spiritual handbook for daily living. It is a vision of healing and renewal that is both comforting and prophetic. It is a call to people of all faith traditions to rise up and become a new community of peace. SANCTUARY OF THE SPIRIT is a breakthrough book. It offers something very new and very important for every person who seeks to live a spiritual life in this challenging period of human history. It is more than timely. It is Spirit sent. Therefore, we are proud to bring it to you and we invite you to help us spread the word about it to as many others as we can reach with its word of faith and hope.