Library Journal: A Thumbs Up for If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break

LIBRARY JOURNAL

Ford, James Ishmael. If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life. Wisdom Pub. 2012. 183p.
ISBN 9781614290391. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781614290438. REL

Unitarian Universalist minister Ford (Zen Master Who?) offers an engaging, brief volume that is a kind of reflection on spiritual progress, with advice for the general reader. He tells how, over time, he acquired spiritual gifts and insights in the Zen tradition (candor, justice, love of nature).

VERDICT Half preachment and half memoir, this volume is a good match for the Western spiritual seeker and Buddhist adept.

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