Rituals help us negotiate the different and often difficult passages of life. In this pensive and poetic collection of meditations, Noela N. Evans has constructed a month of vigils — devotional times carved out of the rush of life — to ponder the soulful dimensions of the death of a loved one, birth, marriage, moving, the end of a relationship, and a child leaving home. She also has fashioned week-long vigils for times of challenge, regret, forgiveness, and giving thanks. These meditations ring true — they come straight from the heart.