“I will give this book and recommend it to many bereft people, as it will help them through literature and introspection to find the true spirituality and answers to the reasons and purpose of pain and suffering.” — Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
“…a gem of a book which perpetuates a transformation of tragedy into spiritual renewal and deepened faith in living… The literary merit of the passages that bring healing shines out… It is a veritable anthology of quotations that stand by themselves… As Elizabeth feels joined to the poet, we feel joined to one another in dispelling our fear of dividedness and separation.” — Marian Sanders in Friends Journal
GUESTS OF MY LIFE is not one but several books. It is, first and foremost, a spiritual pilgrimage. Elizabeth Watson takes the reader on her transforming journey from deep, almost overwhelming grief over the accidental death of her daughter to an unfolding awareness of the oneness of all life. In her clear, moving and deeply sensitive sharing, Elizabeth Watson offers strong yet tender support for others making similar pilgrimages.
To read GUESTS OF MY LIFE is also to become immersed in the lives, the creative process, and the poetry and prose of six great writers. through Elizabeth Watson’s words and selections from their writings, Emily Dickinson, Rainer Maria Rilke, Katherine Mansfield, Rabindranath Tagore, Alan Paton and Walt Whitman, in all their greatness but perhaps more importantly in all their humanness, become guests of the reader’s life, too.
Perhaps in its essense, GUESTS OF MY LIFE is an invitation. It invites readers to share in life’s suffering… but also in the joy which can emerge from the suffering… in doubt, but also in faith, in struggle but in achivement, too. Ultimately, what the book does, as her guests did for Elizabeth Watson, is bid us live.