Reviews of Stephanie Dowrick and her work
Re Heaven on Earth, Tarcher/Penguin, New York, 2013; Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2013
“Stephanie Dowrick brings the eternal into time, the Divine to the human and, at the crossroads of this experience, has captured the original spirit of prayer…[In Heaven on Earth] she has woven a wondrous tapestry of inclusivity.” Anthony Strano, author of Seeking Silence
“Just as prayer moves us, this book moves me. By showing us how to find the presence of God, Dowrick restores our confidence in humanity.” Jeff Goliher, author of A Deeper Faith
“These stunning prayers and poems embody the Timeless, the Traditional, and the Beyond. Stephanie Dowrick emerges as a mystical poet with a radiance of her own in the company of those whose words she has chosen.” Dr Marj Britt, vice president of the Academic Governance Council, board of Unity Institute and Seminary
“Stephanie Dowrick’s sensitivity as a teacher and writer provide the reader with a unique collection that reminds us that we find the divinity most profoundly in relationship.” Theodore Richards, author of Cosmosophia and Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto
“In this marvelous collection, Dr Stephanie Dowrick offers what so many of us desire: an authentic invitation into the mystery of prayer. This is a book to cherish. But more than this, it is one to use a pathway into greater awareness, deeper connection, and more profound sense of gratitude for the gift of life. What could be more welcome in times like these, when a trustworthy guide to the spiritual life like this one is so urgently needed?” Dr Mark S. Burrows, author of Prayers of a Young Poet
“Since I was a teenager, Stephanie Dowrick’s work has been absolutely central to my understanding of curiosity, spirit, faith and the possibility of happiness. The wisdom in her pages has comforted me in dark times and brought me insights that I fear I may otherwise have missed. With deep intelligence and enormous heart, Stephanie has created a companion for anyone seeking beauty, comfort and insight.” Clare Bowditch, musician
“Courageous and original, she asks the most difficult questions with enormous heart and intelligence.” Joyce Kornblatt, author of A Reason for Wings
“Stephanie Dowrick voices our doubts and questions, and skilfully outlines the truths that address them, providing invaluable guidance and inspiration for the reader.” Rosamund Burton, Good Reading
“Engaging and insightful, Stephanie Dowrick is empowering, and has a luminosity about her that is contagious.” Claire Scobie, Kindred Spirit
“Every line in her books is well written…if the various wisdoms she writes about were applied not just to personal relationships but to society in general, then the world would be a better place for everyone.” Cathrin Schaer, New Zealand Herald
“Stephanie Dowrick is unashamed to make a stand for wonder and the incredible gift of living. Like so many thinkers before her, she recognises that until we respect ourselves and begin to reflect this respect in our behaviour toward others, we are diminished as individuals and as a society.” Walter Mason, author of Destination Saigon
- Dowrick is a sage who has brought a spiritual sensibility to a broad readership.
James Charlton, Island
- Dowrick is the consummate intellectual explorer… a woman of our times who has emerged from her own experiences and battles with a very definite sense of purpose.
Christopher Moore, The Press (NZ)
- Stephanie Dowrick’s writing and career are characterised by motifs of renewal and re-imagining…[she] is an ideal reader – open, creative, patient and sometimes sceptical.
Felicity Plunkett, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
- Her greatest asset is her own very distinctive voice, a clarity and directness of address which creates an immediate empathy with the reader.
Amanda Lohrey, The Australian
- An original, powerful mind… she challenges people to have an interior life and to be introspective. And she does it in a thoroughly non-sentimental, pro-active fashion.
Geraldine Doogue, ABC broadcaster
- ‘An intelligent mixture of personal insight and scholarship. Dowrick furnishes new seekers as well as seasoned believers with a refreshing approach to contemporary spirituality.’
Publisher’s Weekly (USA)
- Like the great sages, Dowrick is aware that the progress from denial to understanding is a lengthy one, and that true wisdom comes from experiencing all that life can bring, and reflecting deeply upon it.
Anne French, The Listener (NZ)
- All Dowrick’s writing has significant grounding in spirituality…
Kevin Mark, Australian Bookseller & Publisher
- Dowrick furnishes new seekers as well as seasoned believers with a refreshing approach to contemporary spirituality…Through thoughtful observations and compelling stories, Dowrick models for the reader an effective way to consider the journey toward love of others and of self.
Publishers Weekly (USA)
- “Sympathetically and with rare clarity, she offers penetrating insights into some of the most basic paradoxes of human relationships.’
- ‘Exemplary perceptions…wise and encouraging’
Sunday Telegraph (UK)
- ‘A breath of fresh air…transcends the self-indulgence of psycho pop by broadening her focus to embrace personal choice and personal and social responsibility’
- ‘Subtle, gentle, sexually universal’
The Mail on Sunday (UK)
- ‘Intelligent, eloquent and wise’
- [Her books are] ‘filled with ancient wisdom and modern common sense’
- ‘Dowrick makes the links between things like moral courage, the living of an engaged life and the need to nourish the soul.’
Maxine McKew, The Bulletin
- ‘Stephanie Dowrick is a lilting genius of the inner worlds.’
Sark, author of Succulent Wild Women (USA)
- “Engaging and insightful, Stephanie Dowrick is empowering.. and has a luminosity around her that is contagious.”
Claire Scobie, Kindred Spirit (UK)
- ‘Every line in her books is well written…if the various wisdoms she writes about were applied not just to personal relationships but to society in general, then the world would be a better place for everyone.’
Cathrin Schaer, New Zealand Herald (NZ)
- ‘Learned, sensitive and compasionate’