Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown – reviewed by a customer (Feb 2020)

A book full of golden nuggets, this is a fictional book but full of spiritual wisdom.  I read it through first quite quickly as I could not put it down, then read it again slowly making notes in my journal, which I constantly refer to.

The book describes four very different women who come together by chance at a sacred journey retreat.  They happen to sit together at the back of the room.

They all come with different sets of baggage, different characteristics and personalities and they are not at all sure that they want to be there.  At the first session they are invited to walk a labyrinth.  One of the women has high heels on and says she cannot walk it because she did not wear sensible shoes.  So, the four decide to call themselves the ‘Sensible Shoes Club’.

The book follows their different journeys.  How they cope with their personal problems,  their struggles with their daily lives.  How they each encounter a loving God in their day to day lives.  And sometimes not.  How they help each other through the highs and lows of life.

I found the book easy to read, it helped me gain more insight into my own spiritual life.  This book, and the three books that continue the women’s journey, are books that I shall keep and refer to often.  They are also very useful for discussion in groups and a study guide can also be bought as a tool for solo or group use.

The author has great experience as a Spiritual director and weaves her knowledge and experience throughout the book.  I thoroughly recommend this book as a very useful tool in our lives, and how we can encounter a loving God more deeply.