1.In these fast paced and complex days, it quiets the soul to come home through heart-felt and simple prayer. In Finding the Light, Tuttle has given the gift of her praying heart so that we might all find radiance in difficult times, emotions and situations. – Alexander J. Shaia, speaker and author of The Hidden Power of the Gospels: Four Questions, Four Paths, One Journey.
Alexander J. Shaia, PhD
The Hidden Power of the Gospels: Four Questions, Four Paths, One Journey
2. Finding the Light of Jesus is an invitation to look at the world we live in and to reflect on how Jesus asks us to live and move in that world. Bravely, the author shares her experiences of life with Jesus through reflections, prayers, poetry, and exercises. Under her guidance, we can “Let the dance begin!”
Linda Shumate – Retired Religious Coordinator
Lessons on Life from a Mental Health Case Worker
Rapid City, SC ‘” Author Cindy Tuttle has spent most of her adult life caring for the mentally ill, so she’s learned a thing or two about helping people through a rough patch. With her new book, Finding the Light of Jesus (Nov. 1, CrossLink Publishing), Tuttle offers a no -nonsense manual to finding God’s peace in today’s stressful world.
“We aren’t perfect and never will be. We all have weaknesses. Does that make us any less loved by Jesus?” Tuttle writes.
Stress and loneliness affect millions of people. According to an American Psychological Association study, 54% of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their lives. Tuttle offers support and encouragement to those coping with anxiety, fear, and unhappiness.
“Many goals focus on making money and buying things. But does that make us happy? It might for a moment, yet what about our inner most happiness?”
For one example of stress relief, Tuttle relates to readers the value of journaling, a practice which helps mental focus and spiritual awareness.
“Sometimes at the day’s end I write down what I did and am amazed at what I was able to accomplish with Jesus’ help,” she writes. “Journaling helps me focus on Jesus and prayer. When you reflect on your day, you also might be surprised to discover how you helped people in your family, at work, or community. It’s very satisfying to look back on the day and see all the things you accomplished.”
Tuttle also highlights the ways in which even the most seemingly-insignificant tasks might help spread the love of Christ.
“No matter what you do, you can make it a ministry. Every time you offer a smile or greet a customer or fellow employee with respect, you are showing the light of Jesus. Every time you forgive someone who made a mistake, you are ministering to others. I think we have misguided understanding of ministry.”
The call for forgiveness also extends to the reader, Tuttle says, referring to the redeeming, transforming power of the Cross.
“No matter how we have messed up, Jesus is there with a new beginning. When our dreams vanish, Jesus opens a door to a dream better than we could have imagined.”
Finding the Light of Jesus is already receiving advance praise as a resource for those searching for peace and contentment.
“Cindy Tuttle’s professional background is stress counseling in impressive. Drawing on this background, the author presents a truly readable, no -nonsense manual of operation for capturing peace is every adult’s stressful world. What sets this guideline apart in an unique age-tested device- the recognition of the presence of an unparalleled love (and available for the taking) in each one of us.” – Bishop Francis A. Quinn, Bishop Emeritus of Sacramento California
“As a Christian, I consider this work to be one of the more important lay ministry resources published in recent years. It calls for honest reflection as individuals that is easily transferred to discussions in group settings. Finding the Light of Jesus is perfect for prayer groups, missionary services and youth ministries. Cindy Tuttle addresses current issues as they relate to our personal emotions, and offers an easy to follow guide for finding our path through the Light of Jesus. The book is filled with prayers, discussions, reflections and relevant guidance. You will find yourself referring back to this wonderful book time and again.” – Patti Walden, Associated Content
About the Author
For more than twenty-five years, Cindy Tuttle has worked with adults suffering from severe mental illness. She has twice been named Advocate of the Year in Mental Health for Sacramento County, California. Cindy will soon appear in an HBO cable television documentary on mental health.
Cindy is an accomplished writer. Her work has been published in Eternal Inc., Keys of Living, and Whatever is Pure, Leaves, the Gem, Word A Flame, Christian Journal, Christian Devotionals, Halo Magazine, Cola Bears and Sharing. Cindy’s book Finding the Light of Jesus will be released in November 2010 by CrossLink Publishing.
3. Book Review: Finding the Light
Author: Cindy Tuttle
Publisher: Cross Links
Cindy Tuttle, the author of two books and hundreds of articles on Christian spirituality, begins this, her latest work, by offering a humorous story about one of her first experiences in church as a child. She says that the teacher asked her to sing a song at the start the church service and, to their surprise, she began singing “You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog,” by Elvis Presley. Indeed, there is an ethos in Christianity that, while distinct from one community to the next, is something that we grow into and learn over time and relationship. The songs that our heart sings to God do mature over time, and as we enter into deeper relationship with God and neighbor we even learn new songs to sing. This is the journey of finding light that Tuttle has to offer in this book.
Each of the eleven chapters in this book begins with a poem, which the author uses to assist the reader into centering their heart and mind on God. She then goes onto reflect on a number of issues and stressors that affect the lives everyone in this day and age. The object of her reflections is get the reader to honestly self-reflect on whether they are truly allowing Christ to be the center and King of their life. To reinforce her effort, Tuttle offers at the end of each chapter an activity which complements the proceeding thoughts, and a very practical and relevant prayer at the end, which is intended to remind the reader that Jesus truly is the center of our being.
Although Tuttle has received formal theological formation, what she has to offer us in this book comes from a well a deep personal experience and a journey filled with emotional and physical pain and the grace from God that brought her though the darkness of her past and into the light of Christ found in her vocation to serve the children of God.
The beauty of this book really rest in its timelessness. Tuttle effortlessly incorporates the heart of Jesus into each one of her reflections in a way that challenges the reader to ask the most important question, ‘˜How can I live this life better in Christ?’ Thank goodness, she is not asking us ‘˜What would Jesus do’; rather, she seems to be challenging us to ask ourselves the more profound question, ‘˜Is Jesus in what I’m doing?’ She turns an opaque question into something radical and inveighing against modern culture. Throughout the book she tells us that what we think is true is actually false, and what is real is not real, according to what Jesus demands of our life.
The other thing that I found refreshing about this book is the same thing that I found refreshing about Cindy Tuttle’s articles at Associate Content; that is, their real ‘” authentic and conversational. Reading this book is like having coffee with your grandmother ‘” not that Tuttle is old, but she is wise, simple, and seasoned. I speak prematurely when I compare her writings to those of Saint ThérÃ¨se of Lisieux, but, like the ‘˜Little Flower’ Tuttle has a plain and clear way of talking about the spiritual life.
What I found most surprising about book is how Tuttle is able to keep it fresh throughout. Sometimes works such as these get monotonous, and after a few chapters you begin to say to yourself, ‘˜Ok, ok, I get it already’, but not in this work. I believe it is because the reflections and activities remain challenging throughout.
The appendixes of the book, which consists of seven prayers with reflections, some conversations with Jesus that reminded me a bit of the Dialogue of St. Catherine of Sienna, and thirty morning prayers with reflections that can be used every month, are all worth the time to read and use.
I recommend this book to anyone who desires to draw closer to God through prayer, reflection, and inner silence.
Review by David L. Gray (Yoseph Daviyd)
4.There is so much Christian inspiration and guidance packed into Finding the Light of Jesus by Cindy Tuttle, that I barely know where to begin. As a writer, I am in awe of Tuttle’s ability to share her past turbulent personal experiences in a way that is encouraging and uplifting. Rather then preaching to the reader, through prose and poetry Cindy shares her most difficult personal experiences in a gentle and loving way, demonstrating first hand how she was lead to unwavering Faith by finding the Light of Jesus.
As a Christian, I consider this work to be one of the more important lay ministry resources published in recent years. It calls for honest reflection as individuals that is easily transferred to discussions in group settings. Finding the Light of Jesus is perfect for prayer groups, missionary services and youth ministries. Cindy Tuttle addresses current issues as they relate to our personal emotions, and offers an easy to follow guide for finding our path through the Light of Jesus. The book is filled with prayers, discussions, reflections and relevant guidance. You will find yourself referring back to this wonderful book time and again.
5. “Cindy Tuttle’s professional background is stress counseling in impressive. Drawing on this background, the author presents a truly readable, no -nonsense manual of operation for capturing peace is every adult’s stressful world. What sets this guideline apart in an unique age-tested device- the recognition of the presence of an unparalleled love (and available for the taking) in each one of us.” – Bishop Francis A. Quinn, Bishop Emeritus of Sacramento California
6. With empathy born of experience, Cindy Tuttle provides a compassionate blueprint for anyone hungering to find relief from the pangs of stress in life in her book, Finding the Light.
In a somewhat simplistic view of every-day problems faced by Western Civilized humankind, the author identifies her perceived list of common issues pulling mankind away from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Identified topics are addressed chapter-by-chapter with brief suggestions for correcting erred behavior and attitudes, followed by a suggested activity and appropriate prayer.
While the outline for achieving the author’s desired results is supportive of her suggested process, the assignment of Tuttle’s own values feed into the identification of “good versus bad” attitudes and lifestyles, which the author assumes pulls one away from Jesus. This is not to say Tuttle’s assumptions are incorrect. Her insight is deep, offering personal experience and suggestions proven to provide the answers she sought personally as she made the journey back to Jesus. One seeking in depth answers may find the innocent assignment of the author’s values and simplistic prescriptive for healing the emotional distress resulting, possibly too superficial to be taken seriously.
Still, the thoughtful prescriptive written as daily reflections, prayers and activities formulated to provide a structured method of transitioning back to a life centered around Jesus is well written and easy to follow in the 30 day spiritual renewal Cindy Tuttle provides at the end of the book. Opportunity for reflection and planning is encouraged with compassionate supportive suggestion from the author.
It is my recommendation to those seeking a step-by-step plan for life changing behavior moving toward Jesus to read and practice the suggestions provided in Cindy Tuttle’s compassionate self-help book, Finding the Light.
(Marti Melville is the author of Midnight Omen DéjÃ vu, the first novel in the DéjÃ vu series)