For an increasing number of people, large cities are the places they call home. The prolific and multi-talented spiritual writer Margaret Silf thrives on the energy of urban areas. Whereas others carp and criticize cities for their pollution, filth, and crowded conditions, the author takes negatives and turns them around:

"Waiting for the bus, negotiating traffic congestion, sitting helplessly when the train grinds to an inexplicable halt: all these situations remind us that our journey is held in hands other than our own. Such conditions try our patience and tense our nerves. They can easily cause us to focus on life's irritations rather than its rewards, but they can be a necessary reminder that the world does not revolve solely around our personal needs and convenience."

With short and snappy meditations on the sacred and home, work, movement, the marketplace, winners and losers, give and take, gathered together, the green and the brown, and times from dawn to dusk, Silf offers a refreshing look at the city as a source of spiritual growth and renewal. She writes: "The sacred is all around us, all the time. It is the reality in which we live and move and have our being."

The thrust and spirit of this book is greatly enhanced by the exquisite photographic images of life in the city by Ronna Galka.