Christian spirituality, notes Sister Melannie Svoboda, is animated by a keen sense of God's presence in everyday life. That is why the following traits of a healthy spirituality are so important: self-esteem, perseverance, tolerance, joy, forgiveness, and hope. The author, who is on the staff of the Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, Michigan, finds most of these practices in the life of Jesus.

She also believes that we can learn from adversity, find balance in our lives between work and leisure, and take a stand for what we believe in. Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection, a meditation, and a prayer.