Sister Jean Marie's short essays are difficult to classify. They could be described as modern, albeit spiritual, fables; or as meditations; or as spiritual reading. Actually, they combine the merits of all three formats, and none of their liabilities. Each chapter tells a short story or narrates an experience, and from it draws a moral -- or, if one prefers, a point for meditation. It is a difficult form to exercise without falling into the usual traps -- pictistics, coyness, banality. That this author manages to avoid them is a tribute both to her ability as a writer and to her spiritual acumen. Years of Sunshine, Days of Rain is one of the few works of spirituality that may be described as ""charming."" It should be recommended to readers at the high-school level and to more mature readers as well -- particularly to women, for whom it should be a ""natural.