Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Kate McLennan, D. Min. shares her story in The Messy Buddha. She begins by telling readers about a canary sent into a mine to see if it was safe for humans. She compares herself to the canary as she describes her fight against leukemia. I was struck by her attitude. She tells us of times of quiet and other times of being a “basket case.” Yet I sensed calm and the ability to laugh and enjoy life. When she lost her hair she called the rocks her people. They resembled her baldhead.
I love the way she envisioned the chemotherapy as a cleansing. Recently a friend of mine was going through chemo. Instead of working with it she seemed to fight it. (She survived and is cancer free, Praise God.) By seeing the chemo as a dance and as a cleansing Kate had hope.
“The key is awakening and presence in each moment” was one of the statements in The Messy Buddha that stood out to me. “The journey of life is a gift. Trust in your life—your reality, your joy, your pain, your sorrow, and your bliss—it’s all part of the package that we find in the present.”
The Messy Buddha is a touching read. The author writes from her heart. I was blessed by the message in The Messy Buddha.