We’re delighted to share news of the official release of a new book by Kalyn Falk, set for Tuesday May 17th, 7:30pm at CMU’s Folio Cafe located at 2299 Grant Avenue, just west of Shaftesbury.
I am Here: Six Postures of Prayer is a new book by Kalyn Falk, former Artist in Residence at saint benedict’s table (2014-2015). The structure of the book hangs around the idea of posture as both a physical and metaphoric image in our relationship with God. It is a prayer guide, spiritual memoir and invitation to personal reflection all rolled into one.
“This is a great book. I love it (more than I thought I would). As people of the Incarnation, we are (somewhat ironically) weird about our bodies. In these pages, Falk invites us back into them ‒ a true gift to consider.” – Rev. Jodi Houge, founding pastor of Humble Walk Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN
“This book is alive with Kalyn’s creative and open spirit. I love the exercises and agree that doing this with others would be rich and enjoyable. Kalyn’s spirituality is integrated and her invitation gently challenging. Kudos all around!” – Sister Mary Coswin, OSB, St. Benedict’s Monastery
“With wit, wisdom, and refreshing candor, Kalyn Falk woos and instructs the reader with simple, practical ways to do what may be the most important work for the modern western person ‒ the reintegration of the whole person, body, mind and spirit, so as to know oneself intimately as created, embodied and cherished in a complex, beautiful world.” – Steve Bell
“This book is a great companion on the journey of healing or simply reclaiming an integrated view of our bodies. Scripture, stories, poetry, life experiences and bodily practice are all beautifully woven together for us here to peruse, experiment with and walk around in.” – Rev. Asher O’Callaghan
“In Jesus, God took on a body and put bodies at the centre of his ministry. Maybe, then, we should approach these bodies of ours as powerful gifts from God. Falk accompanies you through the how and why of body prayer, and in so doing, she invites you to connect with your whole self and your God. I Am Here is a lovely, tender and true read, an essential call for our church and our society to return to embodiment.” – Ellie Roscher, author of How Coffee Saved my Life
“A wise and sassy guide, Kalyn brings us to profound reflection and awareness of our body, interwoven connections with the complexity of living and evokes a desire to passionately engage with the beauty and messiness of life, here and now. With reflections, suggested movement, story and questions, the reader enters Kalyn’s world and finds parallels within oneself. I will definitely be investing my time to savour these pages and practices.” – Pegge Erkeneff, Editor, Listen (Spiritual Directors International)
“This dancing mystic Mennonite got game.” – Richard Bruxvoort Colligan MA, Curator, PsalmImmersion.com Publishing