Joan Chittister

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A 2016 Book of the Year, Reform Magazine (UK)

Benedictine sister Joan Chittister is one of the most popular and prophetic religious voices in the world.  In her many books and countless speeches, she has addressed the burning issues of our time--justice, peace, the role of women, and the survival of the planet.  She has explored the deepest questions of human existence, including love, suffering and death, the quest for happiness, and the meaning of life.  She has probed the word of God, the message of the gospel, the call to contemplation, and the challenge of faithful living--all with her characteristic courage, honesty, and above all, passion.

This volume, more than any other, captures and distills Chittister's spirit and her message for women and men today--including reflections on her own journey, why she remains in the church, and what sustains her faith and hope.

"Sr. Joan Chittister, richly formed by tradition but refusing to stay mired in past centuries, carries the questions and seeks the insights that will shape the future.  This collection provides an authoritative introduction to the breadth and depth of her considerable body of work."  --Tom Roberts, Editor at large, National Catholic Reporter

Mary Lou Kownacki is a Benedictine in Erie, Pennsylvania.  A former executive director of the Alliance for International Monasticism, she is the author of A Monk in the Inner City: The ABCs of a Spiritual Journey (Orbis 2008).

Mary Hembrow Snyder is a professor of religious studies and director of the Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies at Mercyhurst University. She also edited Spiritual Questions for the Twenty-First Century: Essays in Honor of Joan D. Chittister (Orbis 2001).

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Joan Chittister
Essential Writings
Modern Spiritual Masters
Mary Lou Kownacki
Mary Hembrow Snyder
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An excellent book for spiritual nourishment.
The volume is an accurate reflection of Chittister's vast and diverse corpus.... I can think of no better avenue into [Chittister's] ever-growing corpus than this volume.
Christian collections will find it an important, absorbing read.
This paperback contains a rich and soul-stirring crosscut of the incredible range of Chittister's spirituality that mixes deep mysticism with profound yearning for justice.
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