When Fragments Make a Whole

A Personal Journey through Healing Stories in the Bible

Lory Widmer Hess

Not yet published - due 29 Feb 2024

Quick Look

  • Explores how the accounts of Jesus's work on earth can offer comfort during difficult times
  • Each engaging chapter includes a poem, a short commentary on the Bible story that inspired it, an autobiographical piece and contemplative phrase
  • A thought-provoking and personal book from Lory Widmer Hess, a writer, editor and longtime student of anthoposophy

A candid and courageous book sharing a personal journey to wellbeing, revealing how the healing stories in the gospels can be a source of strength. The reflective poems, commentary, and autobiography will inspire readers on journeys of spiritual growth.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
224 pages
Publication date:
29 Feb 2024


In this candid and courageous book, Lory Widmer Hess describes her experience of inner transformation through her exploration of the healing stories in the gospels. In a unique blend of poetry, commentary and autobiography, she describes how she engaged with and drew inspiration from these stories. Her approach will inspire readers on their own journey of spiritual growth.

During a difficult time in her life, Lory turned to the accounts of Jesus's work on earth for comfort and inspiration. She wrote poems about the lives of the people who had been touched by Christ and, over several years, added personal reflections that explored the difficulties she was facing in her marriage, the challenges of raising a family, and setbacks in her career. Gradually she learned forgiveness and self-acceptance.

This powerful book shows how we can connect our experiences to the gospel stories in a creative way that allows us to draw strength from them. At the end of each chapter, the essential meaning of the story is distilled into a simple, contemplative phrase. Readers interested in Christian spirituality will turn to this unique and remarkable book again and again for inspiration and contemplation.


Lory Widmer Hess grew up near Seattle, Washington, USA. Encountering anthroposophy at the age of 26 set her on a long journey of exploration and discovery that included studies at Sunbridge College, Eurythmy Spring Valley, and the Seminary of The Christian Community in North America. Lory has been a book editor for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and has worked for a number of anthroposophical organisations, most recently in communities serving adults with developmental disabilities. She currently lives with her family in Switzerland and is in training as a spiritual director. Visit her website and blog at enterenchanted.com.

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