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Words Heard from Within

June 2001
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  • Publisher
    Lindisfarne Books
  • Published
    1st June 2001
  • ISBN 9780970109774
  • Language English
  • Pages 196 pp.
  • Size 5.8" x 6.6"

The other side of sorrow is joy.
When you can raise your sorrow
above bitterness, above disappointment, above pain,
to the light—a birth occurs.
In heaven the angels rejoice.
Those who have died are fed.
On earth the very soil is made new.

Turning brings us messages of guidance, companionship, and comfort, heard intimately in the soul of a faithful listener over decades of inner experience. And more than that, it brings us to the courage of contacting the spirit directly, as it speaks within our own hearts. The spirit is near, and we need only turn toward it, ask from our hearts, and listen.

You are waiting for outer events
to determine the course of your inner life.
You've got it backwards.
Live from within, from your connection with me, outwards.
Then outer events will come TO you,
will surprise you in wonderful ways.

If you know someone who might benefit from some inspiring words, Turning is the perfect gift!

Praise for Turning:

“These passages are not only profoundly comforting; they open up a whole new way of being in the world.”
Andrew Leaf, Rockville Center, NY

“Turning came to me at a time of greatest need with an enduring message: Learn to listen in the stillness of the heart to the Voice within, the Voice of One who guides, encourages, and loves us for good.”
Peter Bazell, Milwaukee, WI

“I was struck by the simplicity, power and truth of every word. I have sent Turning to many of my friends and family.”
Paul Margulies, Great Barrington, MA

“I was told to hold the book, to ask what was troubling my heart, then to open the book and read. I have been soothed and warmed by the messages. They have helped to focus my life and to ground me when I have felt at a loss.”
Kay Morton, Thetford, VT

“Turning appeared in my life when I was beginning to reap the harvest of a long illness. It provided encouragement and confirmation, the words flowing into and around my life like water.”
Frances Stadlen, London 

“Turning had an immediate impact on me. It affirmed that Christ speaks to each individual constantly and holds us in His heart.”
Neill Reilly, Plandome, NY

Claire Blatchford

Claire Howell Blatchford was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Connecticut. Owing to a case of mumps, she became deaf at the age of six. After attending regular schools and graduating from Bennington College, she studied at Gallaudet University, the Waldorf Institute for Liberal Education, and Teachers College. She has taught the deaf for many years. She now lives with her husband in northwestern Massachusetts and works at the Clarke School for the Deaf. Claire is the author of several books on being deaf, as well as her books on inner sight: Turning: Words Heard from Within (1994, 2001); Friend of My Heart: Meeting Christ in Everyday Life (1999); Becoming: A Call to Love (2004); and Experiences with the Dying and the Dead: Waking to Our Connections with Those Who Have Died (2007).