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A Lifelong Patience and Courage

A Feature Review of

The Time Is Now:
A Call to Uncommon Courage

Joan Chittister

Hardcover: Convergent Books, 2019
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Reviewed by Erin F. Wasinger

Joan Chittister is en fuego.

The Benedictine sister and social justice advocate has just released The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage—and it’s what the impatient among us need right now. We’re living in the days when “dumpster fire” has been used so often in the media that Oxford added it to its dictionary. Government’s broken; violence at schools is terrifying. Wars, famine, border controversies … on and on. Everything seems to be toxic. Everything.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Joan Chittister, Samuel Wells, John Fea, MORE )

 
Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

#1:
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today 

Joan Chittister

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“An invitation to spirituality for those who don’t think they are ‘spiritual,” … but far more than an invitation, a lengthy wisdom-filled conversation.”
– Eugene Peterson
 
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A very helpful book that highlights the significance of the RULE OF ST. BENEDICT for today… On sale now for Kindle:
 

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily:
Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
Joan Chittister

 

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“An invitation to spirituality for those who don’t think they are ‘spiritual,” … but far more than an invitation, a lengthy wisdom-filled conversation.”
– Eugene Peterson
 

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Today is the birthday of Sr. Joan Chittister, the noted author, theologian, and Benedictine sister…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this series of brief video clips that introduce her work.

If you want to read her work, we recommend
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A Feature Review of 
 

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
Joan Chittister

Hardback: Convergent Books, 2017
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 Reviewed by Alexander Steward
 
 
We are a people that search. We search for the things we have lost. We search for the latest and greatest item that will make our life that much easier. These searches tend to focus upon the outward self and what will benefit us as individuals the most. The search that is easily avoided because it takes too much time and a lot of patience, is the search for the inward self. The self that is called to be in relationship with God. It is in this search that we are able to grow as individuals and nurture our relationship with God.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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Elizabeth Strout

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

See a book here that you’d like to review for us?
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By Jessica N. Turner

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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“To Become More Fully Human”

A Review of
Two New Books on Christian Spirituality

Reviewed by Kevin Book Satterlee.


Monastery of the Heart - Joan ChittisterThe Monastery of the Heart:
An Invitation to a Meaningful Life

Joan Chittister.
Hardback: Bluebridge, 2011.
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Soulful Spirituality:
Becoming Fully Alive
and Deeply Human
David G. Benner
Paperback: Brazos Press, 2011.
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SOULFUL SPIRITUALITY - BennerAlthough Christianity has long been understood as by many as a set of doctrines confining people into a religion in which God and Jesus became life-depleting and discipleship was a soulless death, there has always been an undercurrent of life-giving, fulfilling Christian spirituality.  Thomas Merton helped many Christians to reimagine a life-giving spiritual pursuit over doctrinal stuffiness.  There are still many skeptics, but the publishing industry is pumping out new Christian spiritual books on a monthly basis.  Spirituality is en vogue in pop culture, especially in Christian pop sub-culture, but many of the resources are valuable.

Sister Joan Chittister’s newest book, The Monastery of the Heart:  An Invitation to a Meaningful Life, (BlueBridge) and David G. Benner’s book, Soulful Spirituality:  Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human, (Brazos) are two new books for 2011 about life-giving and distinctly human spiritualities.  Chittister is a Benedictine nun and writes from her half-century in the monastic life.  Benner is a professor of psychology at Richmont Graduate University, whose work focuses on psychology and spirituality.

While the two books are about spirituality, they take very different approaches.  Benner writes about the psychology of spirituality and the spirituality of psychology.  He is a clinical therapist and applies the principles of spirituality to psychological health.  He comes from a Christian background and writes with Christian influence, however his pluralism of spirituality also dramatically influences his writing.  Chittister’s work, on the other hand, is a poetic commentary on St. Benedict’s monastic rule.  She is thoroughly Christian in her approach.

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“Wisdom for the Ages… And the Aging”

A review of
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully.

By Joan Chittister.

Reviewed by Michelle Van Loon.

The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully.
Joan Chittister.

Hardback: BlueBridge, 2010.

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The Gift of Years - Joan ChittisterIf I had been born in 1900, my average life expectancy would have been forty-nine years. Statisticians tell me if I’d been born in 2000, I could expect to live to age eighty. We are living longer, but I’m not sure we understand how to use the gift of these additional years.

Many of us carry negative images of aging: Sunbelt residents living in sprawling condo developments who spend their days golfing and arguing about condo by-laws (think of Jerry’s parents on Seinfeld); sad, shriveled people trapped in permanent longing for their good old days and endlessly rehearsing the saga of their declining physical condition.

Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun who writes and speaks on topics of spiritual formation, justice, and women’s issues, insists that old age is not any of those things. Instead, she explains in The Gift Of Years that old age is a developmental stage rich with both challenge and blessing. Thinking of the retirement years and beyond as the last stage of life presents an incomplete picture of what is happening both inside and around us. In fact, she says, we are entering a new stage of life. Old age is a time to grow, not wither. Chittister writes:

“What is the purpose of all these extra years, the ones out of the systems, beyond the corporate institutions. Is this the dying time? Is it only about waiting to be gone? And if so, how can we possibly face it with any kind of joy, any kind of dignity?…Each period of life has its own purpose. This later one gives me the time to assimilate all the others. The task of this period of life…is not simply to endure the coming of the end of time. It is to come alive in ways I have never been alive before.”

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