This week we talk with author and editor Cindy Bunch about the various spiritual practices that make up what she calls “self-kindness.” Her new book, Be Kind to Yourself: Releasing Frustrations and Embracing Joy releases today (July 28)!
In a time when we are struggling with stress, pressure, anxiety, and uncertainty the practices of self-kindness aren’t ways of “turning in” and away from others. Instead, to be kind to ourselves is a way of loving others, as Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor “AS ourselves.” (Matthew 22:38-39)
Cindy Bunch is associate publisher and director of editorial at InterVarsity Press, where she has worked for more than thirty years. She acquires and develops for the Formatio line of spiritual formation books. She is the author of Be Kind to Yourself as well as several Bible study guides in IVP's LifeGuide® Bible Studies series.
Cindy holds an MA in theological studies from Northern Seminary and completed her spiritual direction training at North Park Seminary. She and her husband live in the Chicago suburbs.
We talked about several resources in today’s episode:
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Grieving A Suicide by Al Hsu
Paying Attention to God by William Barry, SJ
A Failure of Nerve: Leadership In The Age of the Quick Fix by Edwin Friedman
Father Michael Sparaogh’s adaptation of the Ignatian practice of Examen
The work of Christine Valters Paintner and the Abbey of the Arts
Music by Robert Ebbens
Art by Eric Wright/Metamora Design