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When Fragments Make a Whole

A Personal Journey through Healing Stories in the Bible

April 2024
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • ISBN 9781782508953
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

In this candid and courageous book, Lory Widmer Hess describes her experience of inner transformation through her exploration of healing stories in the Gospels. In a unique blend of poetry, commentary, and autobiography, she describes how she engaged with and drew inspiration from those stories. Her approach will inspire readers on their own journey of spiritual growth.

During a difficult time in her life, Lory turned to the accounts of Jesus' work on Earth for comfort and inspiration. She wrote poems about the lives of people who had been touched by Christ and, over several years, added personal reflections that explore the difficulties she was facing in her marriage, the challenges of raising a family, and setbacks in her career. Gradually, she learned forgiveness and self-acceptance.

This powerful book shows how we can connect our experiences to the Gospel stories in a creative way that allows us to draw strength from them. At the end of each chapter, the essential meaning of the story is distilled into a simple, contemplative phrase. Readers interested in Christian spirituality will turn to this unique and remarkable book again and again for inspiration and contemplation.

Lory Widmer Hess

Lory Widmer Hess grew up near Seattle, Washington. When she encountering Anthroposophy at the age of twenty-six, it set her on a long journey of exploration and discovery that included studies at Sunbridge College, Eurythmy Spring Valley, and the Seminary of The Christian Community in North America. Lory has been a book editor for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and has worked for a number of anthroposophic organizations, most recently in communities serving adults with developmental disabilities. She currently lives with her family in Switzerland and is in training as a spiritual director. Visit her website and blog at