The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace


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A singing soaring poem of a book, which incites the reader to throw away everything he or she knows and to view the world in a more magical way.
—Saira Shah, author of The Storyteller’s Daughter: One Woman’s Return to Her Lost Homeland

The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace speaks to us about women in the “heartland of their labor” and in their empires of dreams and sorrows. These women are makers of lives and dreams who change the universe one day at a time. In these pages you can travel through time, to places around the world, as well as to the souls, minds and bodies of these women. Steve Nightingale has set music to the dance and it is impossible not to join these incredible voices of the stories in the eternal dreamy rhythm of life. He shows us “an unabashed joy about what is possible in life”, if we walk side-by-side and listen carefully to the dreams offered by the women in these stories. A must read for the lovers of fascinating, magical story telling.
—Emma Sepulveda-Pulvirenti, author of Do You Hear My Accent When I Write? and Death to Silence

Each woman in Steven Nightingale’s The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace is strong, idiosyncratic, certain, and, in most cases, in possession of a kind of work in which she excels. Together they form a chorus. The book becomes a creed, as radical as it is ancient. It offers an assessment of the state of the world. It celebrates the co­ creating power of work on oneself. And it is an invitation to see that paradise is in the world and to move toward it.
—Mary Rakow, author of This is Why I Came and The Memory Room

“With the concision of a poet and the expansiveness of a true storyteller, Steven Nightingale has fashioned a wonderful collection of gem-like tales, all of them told by, about, or through women around the world and across time. Their voices are resonant, their stories incredibly varied. They bring to mind the interconnected stories of Henri Michaux and the mosaic structure of the ‘Thousand and One Nights.’ This is a journey of revelations to be read and reread.”
—Nicholas Christopher, author of On Jubilee Place and A Trip to the S tars

“The imagination and creativity in Steve Nightingale’s The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace cannot be surpassed. Within each story is a lesson worth learning. The depth of wisdom comes forth and holds you in her hand until you laugh or your jaw drops open in amazement. Using both the glory and the mystery of spiritual life, these stories explore the minds of women and tell you the wonder of a man who loves them.”
—The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President of The Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power & Light