Woke says the human things and lets its audience know that it is on them to do the same. Which is seemingly the point of Woke. To generate understanding, to activate passion and compassion, to elevate being Woke and claiming this world.
Had I known that this book centered around building ephemeral earth altars, I most likely would not have read it. And that would have been, unbeknownst to me, a big loss. While Morning Altars was not the resource for creating the type of in-the-home altar I was seeking, it did engage with one of the fundamental questions beneath that quest: How can I create sacred space that invites spirituality into my life in a tangible manner?
At slightly under 100 pages, I assumed I would read this book in a day. I was wrong. After a couple of essays, or sometimes even just one, I needed to put the book down and give my heart time to settle. These are, indeed, small and short and personal. Almost like reading a still life in the time of COVID.