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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Monk Kidd Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781429585828
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In Firstlight, bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd offers readers an intimate glimpse into the early years of her journey as both writer and spiritual seeker. Drawn from the author’s early writings for Guideposts and, to a lesser extent, other publications, this selection of personal reflections and essays is organized around thirteen spiritual motifs and interwoven to create a compelling narrative about the author’s spiritual awakening.

Included are writings about the author’s multiple roles as mother, daughter, wife, nurse, and writer. There are recollections about her extensive travels and reflections on her childhood and marriage. And there are musings on a stream of ordinary moments: watching a bird feeder, a homeless man, a golf tournament, all of which added richness and meaning to the author’s journey.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Escobar | 2/19/2014

    " Learned some about the writing process, made me look at the world in a new way. An inspirational piece, I read a short entry every morning with my breakfast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/18/2014

    " Good to listen to in the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/17/2014

    " Wonderful and inspirational! It was a good one to start my vacation with! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krys Gut | 2/7/2014

    " The author opens her life, and offers an almost poetic way of portraying life's moments. Makes you want to find precious gems in your life that you may be overlooking every day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debi | 2/6/2014

    " This book is a great coming-of-age book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/3/2014

    " Wonderful, wonderful collection of her earlier short writings. Loved how she categorized each of them into topics ... so that several stories had the same underlying theme. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sahara | 1/30/2014

    " i didnt really like it it was a boring book i recamend you try it but i dont think u would like it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol C | 1/25/2014

    " Some of these essays were really enjoyable and insightful. I liked "getting to know" the author of Secret Life of Bees a bit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RF | 1/19/2014

    " I loved this. The importance of story. The meaning in everyday. Stillness. A nice companion to "The Quotidian Mysteries" by Kathleen Norris (I keep track of all she writes!) Really beautiful and reflective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/18/2014

    " I liked her life lessons. I found it moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrissie | 1/17/2014

    " I like Sue Monk Kidd, but I couldn't get through this. The book is a collection of essays from her submissions to religious magazines. Just not what I was expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 11/20/2013

    " A great morning read when you just want an uplifting short story with a spiritual connection "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myrn | 11/9/2013

    " Nice book to keep by my bed - to read a little at a time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 9/24/2013

    " This book was excellent. I used it as a devotional and journaled alot of the inspirational messages. A nice surprise when I found it on the shelves in the library as I was unaware that Sue Monk Kidd had written inspirational books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Russell | 8/21/2013

    " Sue Monk Kidd is an excellent fictional writer, so I was surprised to find how many books she has on her spirtual journey. This one is excellent, simple and with much meaning for every day life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 8/9/2013

    " While it is unapologetically a revisiting of her early work and as such lacks the complexity and depth of her recent novels, there are flashes of universal truth and powerful stories that are memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie de la Houssaye | 7/2/2013

    " It was a true inspirational book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/6/2012

    " Audiobook. I really, really enjoyed listening to this book. It gave me so much insight into Kidd's writings and her personal journey in becoming the writer she is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianna | 9/15/2012

    " Wonderful. So many things to think about. I wish I could capture the beauty of the everyday as well as Sue Monk Kidd does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charissa | 9/5/2012

    " Wonderfully inspiring and thought-provoking; filled with life lessons that constantly need to be revisited. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/1/2012

    " Easy read with some good inspirational stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sassacaia | 7/22/2012

    " I picked this up because I love Sue Monk Kidd's later works and thought I might get some enjoyment out of reading a writer's earlier works, but it mainly focuses on her relationship with her husband, kids and God, none of which did much for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teeni | 5/27/2012

    " I'm a skimmer. I don't want to be, but I am. I didn't skim this book. Assorted short writings that were grouped into a dozen or so chapters. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 3/30/2012

    " This book made me think deeply about my life. A Good Read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ria | 3/11/2012

    " Some parts got me teary-eyed. This is far better than a self-help book without being so patronizing. Quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/26/2011

    " I've been in the mood for inspirational writing and have enjoyed other books by Sue Monk Kidd, so this was a real pleasure. I would enjoy a discussion group based on this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 8/14/2011

    " This was a great book that contained a number of ideas that I could totally relate to. "The most gracious and courageous gift we can offer the world is our authenticity, our uniqueness, the expression of our true selves." p.177. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 7/27/2011

    " Sue Monk Kidd tells the reader about the defining moments in her life......moments that left her forever changed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/22/2011

    " This book made me think deeply about my life. A Good Read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/28/2011

    " Beautiful book, good writing, very thoughtful and just the right book for this time in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/18/2011

    "
    This was a great book that contained a number of ideas that I could totally relate to. "The most gracious and courageous gift we can offer the world is our authenticity, our uniqueness, the expression of our true selves." p.177. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 12/22/2010

    " I liked her life lessons. I found it moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sahara | 10/29/2010

    " i didnt really like it it was a boring book i recamend you try it but i dont think u would like it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 10/17/2010

    " Interesting - but not compelling - collection of the author's early published memoirs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krys | 10/3/2010

    " The author opens her life, and offers an almost poetic way of portraying life's moments. Makes you want to find precious gems in your life that you may be overlooking every day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/30/2010

    " A great memoir of the author's journey to writing. She makes is seem so easy and the stories are delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 9/25/2010

    " Some of these essays were really enjoyable and insightful. I liked "getting to know" the author of Secret Life of Bees a bit! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nita | 8/21/2010

    " This book spoke to me; it touched my spirit "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadie | 7/20/2010

    " A different side of Sue Monk Kidd with some of her inspirational/religious writings from her early career. A quick easy read with some really good short reflections/essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/17/2010

    " It was a true inspirational book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 11/23/2009

    " I didn't finish this; I totally misinterpreted "inspirational" and this is not the book for me. Very mainstream religious. "

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About the Author
Author Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, spent more than one hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than six million copies in the United States, and was turned into an award-winning major motion picture, and has been translated into thirty-six languages. Her second novel, The Mermaid Chair, was a number-one New York Times bestseller and adapted into a television movie. Her third novel, The Invention of Wings, was a number-one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club 2.0. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Florida.  

About the Narrator

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.