An Ordinary Life Transformed: Lessons for Everyone from the Bhagavad Gita - Second Edition
Originally published in 2006 by Hobblebush Books, the second edition was released by Wipf and Stock Publishers in January of 2021. Providing a description of the Bhagavad Gita as an allegory of the spiritual journey, Rev. Dr. Rutt makes the concepts readily available for application to everyday living. The result of nine years of facilitating Bhagavad Gita study groups, Rev. Dr. Rutt shows how ordinary people have discovered that when they speak, live and act from their deepest impulse, truth is served...How when ordinary people have fallen in love with that which is the same in all of us, that experience changes everything. For each chapter there are key points highlighted, Sanskrit terms defined, and questions offered for personal reflection. These key additions make this book a great guide for either individual or group study.
"In this insightful commentary [Stephanie Rutt's] approach is very much in harmony with the Gita itself--a conversation between Krishna, the Divine Shepherd, and Arjuna, a soul overwhelmed by uncertainty and doubt. The book contains useful background information and questions for self-reflection . . . and the translation is simple and direct, bringing the personal quality of the Gita to life." Eric Somers Yoga + Joyful Living, March/April, 2007
"Stephanie's prose is, like the Gita itself, insightful, compassionate and filled with moments of personal enlightenment. If you read this, let it settle snugly in your heart; you will see the extraordinary in every ordinary moment. It is a journey of discovery that begins and ends in your soul." Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University
"For those who truly wish to understand the important messages found in the Bhagavad Gita, Rev. Rutt's book gives us all a clear picture of the life-directing principles of Hindu philosophy. It shows, in an easily understood format, how we may apply these principles directly to our own life experiences. It is a "do not miss" book for anyone who is looking for answers to life's everyday challenges." Rabbi Roger and Reverend Deborah Ross, Directors of the New Seminary for Interfaith Studies