It might have seemed like a virtual “feast of Eden” a few months ago, here at Patheos, when our Book Club was discussing Dawn Eden’s latest (and truly inspired) book, My Peace I Give You and so many of our Patheos bloggers and writers jumped in to join in its praise!
And yes, the book deserves all of the praise being heaped upon it; it’s a true vehicle for healing.
But there is that old saying, “if a little of something is good, a little more must be better!” (Or, oddly If a little evil can work for good, why not a little more?). And we decided that if a little Dawn Eden was a pretty good thing, then the real thing, writing large, would be even better!
And so, it is my great pleasure to announce another timely and fruitful new blog, here at Patheos, as Dawn Eden opens up her Feast of Eden. She recounts her conversion experience in her very first post:
I am delighted that Patheos has given me the opportunity to start this new blog focusing on those whom the Holy Father has so beautifully called “‘translations’ of Jesus”: the saints.
I was born into a Jewish family, but lost my faith in my late teens and became an agnostic. During my twenties, in the 1990s, I was a rock historian, interviewing artists such as Elton John, Brian Wilson, and Del Shannon. I went on to work on the editorial staff for New York City newspapers, including the New York Post and the Daily News.
You’ll want to read all of that, particularly if you are a Chesterton fan, but then Dawn immediately lays out something nourishing for us, on this feastday of St. Vincent de Paul: Sufferings and trials “make us like Christ our Lord”:
For anyone who feels broken or unloved, St. Vincent de Paul’s life and spirituality are a beautiful reminder that those who are poor in spirit are particularly close to the heart of Christ. He once observed, ”We have never so much cause for consolation, as when we find ourselves oppressed by sufferings and trials; for these make us like Christ our Lord, and this resemblance is the true mark of our predestination.”
Bookmark Dawn’s new site; you can make it a daily little feast!
UPDATE: You can also enjoy Pat Gohn’s chat with Dawn Eden at Among Women, on healing sexual wounds.