We’re very pleased to offer a first look at Match: Bringing Heart and Will into Alignment – 90 Days of Practice. Parker J. Palmer, author of Healing the Heart of Democracy, A Hidden Wholeness, and Let Your Life Speak reflects “Looking for a spiritual practice simple enough to fit a busy life, yet deep enough to help you grow? ‘For ninety consecutive days’, writes Gunilla Norris, ‘light a match with a purpose, a feeling or a desire in mind’, and if you miss a day, start the count again. That daily moment of persistent attentiveness to whatever is calling you from within will kindle new warmth, new light, new life. It’s simple—but it’s the simplicity on the other side of complexity. Illumined by the lifetime of wisdom Norris shares in yet another beautifully written book, Match describes a life-giving practice toward transformation.”
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“The great Catholic author Thomas Merton has said, ‘a spiritual life is a disciplined life.’ To open to our full spiritual possibilities requires dedicated practice. In Match, Gunilla Norris offers an exceptionally beautiful and surprising new form of practice. It has all of the best and most essential components of classical spiritual practice: it is appealingly simple, practical, honest and real. Ms. Norris creates for us a safe and sacred container of great beauty into which we can pour our longing for spiritual awakening. Contemplatives of all stripes will be grateful for this gift!”
—Stephen Cope, author of The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling
“Match will forever change the way you think about re-igniting your spark. Once again, Gunilla Norris has gifted us with her wisdom—this time with clear, engaging and inspired practices to rekindle our soul’s longing and our heart’s deepest desires. I’m in the business of lighting sparks, and this book goes to the very top of my recommended reading list!”
—Debbie Phillips, Founder, Women on Fire®
“Fire is an archetypal metaphor for the spirit within and that is where it usually ends. No longer is that the case. Gunilla Norris has created a simple and profound 90 day journey that transforms this metaphor into both a spiritual path and a sacred art form. A spiritual path in that it will deepen and nourish your practice as a seeker of inner truth. An art form in that like alchemy, it will transform you into fire itself.”
—David Gershon, author of Social Change 2.0 and co-director of Empowerment Institute
“Gunilla Norris is an alchemist who transmutes ordinary daily actions of living into spiritual practices aligning heart and soul. Match is Gunilla’s latest offering especially suited for leaders who seek to act and live mindfully, yet who may struggle to prioritize their own mindfulness practices in the midst of unrelenting demands. Through an ingenuous and original process of both instantaneous and long term results, Match is a tool that is unsurpassed in igniting the heart and soul of leadership to make a positive difference while tending the interior fire.”
—Ellen Wingard, author, Mindfulness Based Leadership Consultant, Board Chair, World Pulse Media
“Match has my vote for best spiritual practice book of the year. Having had the pleasure of reading Gunilla Norris’s trademark brand of household wisdom for years, I now know how she does it. Match reveals the deeply personal, profoundly creative, easy-to-do daily spiritual practice that has carried the author through decades of authentic living. Reminiscent of the simple, bedrock commitment of the ancient monastic traditions, yet powerfully fresh in its fiery, modern approach, Match offers an extraordinary opportunity to join in a spiritual phenomenon that is bound to spread like wild fire.”
—Kate Sheehan Roach, editor, Contemplative Journal
“…Self-improvement readers all too often receive books of admonitions that focus more on end results than the actual nuts and bolts of the process itself. Match is all about firing up a course of action and committing to its enactment: and if 90 days of focused meditations and reflection sounds easy—it’s not. …This is only the beginning of a lifelong journey. …Those ready to undertake such a journey will find no better starting point than Match.”
—D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
About the Author: Gunilla Norris’ parents were world travelers in the Swedish diplomatic corps and so she grew up essentially in three places—Argentina, Sweden and the United States. As a child she was given a rich exposure to different languages and cultures.
She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.S. from Bridgeport University in the field of human development. She is a mother and a grandmother. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than thirty years and has felt privileged to accompany many people on their journeys to growth and healing. Her special love has been teaching meditation and leading contemplative workshops of many kinds.
As a writer Gunilla has published eleven children’s books, one book of poetry and six books on spirituality including: Being Home, Becoming Bread, Inviting Silence, A Mystic Garden, Simple Ways, and the award-winning Sheltered in the Heart.
Reflecting on her success thus far she comments, “When I published Being Home in 1991 I did not know that I had begun a series of books on what I now call household spirituality, or the practice of spiritual awareness in the most mundane and simple of circumstances. Together these books seem to me to be like a crystal with many facets. They are part of one thing and yet shed light from different perspectives on the humblest of our day-to-day tasks. It has always been my understanding that when we are really present in our daily activities, our lives become more luminous, filled with love and grace.”