Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light
Product Descriptionby Joan Chittister, OSB
This dictionary of monastic wisdom offers an A-Z on how to be in the world, but not of it. In Joan Chittister's initimitable style, she eschews the spiritual quick fix in favor of a solid spiritual direction that has stood the test of time. Each entry illuminates a spiritual quality we can cultivate, from Awareness to Zeal, Community to Interiority, Enlightenment to Yearning--and many more. Each open with a story from the desert mystics, then seques into a practical application of that value for our tumultuous times. Readers hungry for ancient wisdom that is ever new will find it in abundance in Illuminated Life.
FROM ONE OF OUR READERS:
Dear Sr. Joan,
Since discovering your book, Illuminated Life about eight years ago, I have read many of your books and articles. Your writing has had a powerful impact on my Christian journey. In it I discovered a soul on fire with God's love, justice and mercy.
As much as I wanted to meet you, this leader in the world of spiritual formation, I was somewhat fearful that the person would not live up to the image I had built up in my mind over the years. Nevertheless, when I heard that you would be speaking in Ferdinand, IN, just an hourís drive away, I had to go. After an amazing talk that managed to cover Benedictine life from the 6th century to the present in one hour, you invited anyone to come up for a private word. I got in line with my stack of books hoping to have one or two signed. Immediately upon meeting you, my fears of a tarnished image disappeared. I found in front of me a down-to-earth woman who radiates the love of Jesus in the personal interest you showed me and all the others standing in line. You graciously signed all eight of my books while commiserating about the need for a fatter pen to grip with our arthritic hands! I will treasure this encounter and give thanks for the way God speaks through you.
Now each time I read something you have written I will think of the author as my own friend, and how much more enriching the reading will be! It occurs to me that something similar happens when we have a personal encounter with Jesus and then read his words in the Bible. Suddenly it is like reading a love letter from a dear friend. And so, my dear new friend, thank you for the gift of yourself.
In Christ, ĖC.H., Louisville, KY