Broken Wide Whole: Prayers for Daily Living is a collection of 50 prayers and 34 full-color watercolor works by artist and minister suzanne l. vinson. These prayers usher the reader to create a sacred pause in the art of daily living. Written as poetry and prose, these prayers help connect you to the Divine Spark through healing and wholenss.
Life can be overwhelming. Life is busy. Broken Wide Whole helps to explore living from the heart's center amidst the sometimes overwhelming pace of daily living. Through these prayers, you connect mind, body, and spirit and carve space in your day for contemplation, rest, and self care.
Suzanne L. Vinson is an artist, mother, and minister living an intentional life toward wholeness, kindhearted listening, and compassionate care. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with the love of her life and their two kids - sweet boy (age 12) and sweet pea (age 5). Suzanne creates soul wisdom art, meant to deepen the experience of life, delight, and connection. Suzanne holds a Master of Education from Mississippi College and a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, with post-grad coursework done in bereavement care and chaplaincy. She has facilitated bereavement groups, retreats, and studio gatherings since 2003, and finds group facilitation to be endlessly fascinating and rewarding. She has led mindfulness retreats for young adult cancer survivors, healthcare staff, and faith-based community groups. Suzanne is currently an Interim Minister at Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, VA and specializes in short-term ministry based in pastoral care, chaplaincy, and creative spirituality. Suzanne is a sensitive and gracious facilitator of the healing arts utilizing guided meditation, visualization, and mindful creative practice as primary tools to engage both the intellect and the human spirit. Suzanne's soul work - gathering folks - is invitational with a sincere intention that those who gather release burdens and fears of expectations and begin to engage in self care with a table set as a creative banquet. Suzanne helps open the heart for self healing. She engages people at the depth of her core for the healing energy of the world to manifest. Retreats and gatherings in Suzanne's studio focus on spirituality, mindfulness, and creativity. She loves traveling and carries her "mobile studio" as she leads retreats, facilities workshops, and speaks to groups. Suzanne offers her art to others as a means of daily delight and soul care. Her art, retreats, and gatherings are creative yoga for the soul. A creator since the early days of mud pies, and grass and blooming soups in rain water, Suzanne would paint or color and play, play play. 4H was an avenue of exploring through travel, conversation, and working with her hands. Suzanne started as a minister in the church in her early 20s, but before that, she babysat and sold plants at a nursery, which carried her through college. During her undergraduate days and her first masters degree, she worked at the preschool at the college - cooking and teaching in the afternoons. She enjoyed gathering the art supplies and creating projects for the 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds to create. Her calling expanded from those times. When ministering in church Suzanne facilitated bereavement groups before moving more into chaplaincy. A call to the heart lead her to move towards a space of her own, and so she found and moved into her current studio space so she could welcome groups into the home of her art. She relies strongly upon the intersection of art and spirituality, the healing work of gathering folks together, and showing up for speaking engagements, retreats, and groups... believing that something wonderful happens when all are sharing the same air and space for a period of time. More about suzanne can be found at suzannelvinson.com. Llewellyn is a graphic designer and recent graduate of the MFA program in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her combination of interests and experiences form a strong toolkit for thinking about space, hierarchy, and detail. She loves to solve problems, clarify content, and work with a team. You can find her work at content-aware.design.