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    This review was originally published on my blog ShouldaCouldaWouldaBooksIn the early 1990s Kathleen Norris spent nine months at the Benedictine

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    45 Like Amazing Grace this is an impressively all encompassing and elouent set of essays on how faith intersects with everyday life In particular the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate From this experience she learned the benefits as well as the drawbacks of solitude and communa

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    Read this book many years ago but I can't recall exactly how many I'm 99% sure it was in the late '90's In any event I was still so ignorant about my own Catholic heritage at that point I hadn't even heard of Th

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    I was rather uneasy with this book although I did manage to struggle through to the endThere were a few definite mentions of Orthodox Christianity when referring to ancient saints but everything else was the black and white ProtestantCatholic divide I don't know about many Protestant monastic communities but there are several Ort

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    This book is not an easy read but is beautifully written It is definitely not for everyone I have been uietly reading it over the las

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    This book changed my lifeIt's hard to explain You really have to read it Based on my experience it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet's perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks But she's also a Protestant with a refreshingly level headed outsider's perspective on the seemingl

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    I love Kathleen Norris and all she synthesizes here Chipped away at this before bed for a long time Wanted to start it again when I got to the e

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    The Cloister Walk offers “food” for the soul at a time when many of us are hungry Norris’s book chronicles her experiences as a lay oblate at St John's Abbey a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville Minnesota What makes this book fresh wonderful surprising and completely relevant to people of all faiths or non faith is that Norris is not— as one would anticipate— a Catholic but rather a Protestant filled with spiritual doubt When

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    Norris is introducing us one by one to the core religious aspects of Christianity as she comes to know and understand them We explore every key dimension of monastic life with her Why celebacy; why community; why Scripture reading; why choir

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    One of my all time favorite uotes by this author from another bookThis is my spiritual geography the place where I have wrestled my story out of the circumstances of landscape and inheritance The word geography derives from the Greek words of earth and writingThis was so disappointing It is not about a spiritual journey as

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characters ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Kathleen Norris

Ts sense of community can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives In this stirring and lyrical work the monastery often considered archaic or otherworldly becomes immediate accessible and relevant to us no matter what our faith may be A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks A New York Times Notable Book of the Yea Norris is introducing us one by one to the core religious aspects of Christianity as she comes to know and understand them We explore every key dimension of monastic life with her Why celebacy why community why Scripture reading why choir and music why poverty why we are not perfect I think like many people I expected this book to be a straighforward description something like This was my year in the monastery We ate beans and prayed blah blah blah However we as readers receive something much wonderful rare and important While we DO receive a description of monastery life we experience it as Norris s personal spiritual journey all her revelations confusions doubts and certainties Essentially we see what happens to her FAITH What a brave and miraculous thing to show to strangers And much holy After all the material aspects are not what matter to Holy People or poets which is what Norris is first and foremost As much as I enjoyed this book at times I found it difficult to get through it It is not the most entertaining read but rather something for contemplation You need not be religious but you must be poetic and spiritual For the down times I gave it only four stars

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Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer work and scripture This is the uestion that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she 45 Like Amazing Grace this is an impressively all encompassing and elouent set of essays on how faith intersects with everyday life In particular the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate From this experience she learned the benefits as well as the drawbacks of solitude and communal living She also considers the place that celibacy and monastic living might still have in modern life The fact that Christian monastics men and women both have been singing such gentle hymns at dusk for seventeen hundred years makes me realize that ceremony and tradition things I ve been raised to distrust as largely irrelevant can be food for the soul Sometimes her topics are drawn from the liturgical year feast days patron saints and martyrs chosen scriptures and wisdom from the Desert Fathers or other spiritual gurus Emily Dickinson is among her favorites Other times she simply reflects on her own life the blessings and challenges of being a freelance poet and lay theologian the daily discipline involved in marriage keeping a house and gardening and childhood memories from Virginia Illinois and HawaiiThese are disparate pieces rather than a straightforward narrative I read two or three at a time over a period of several weeks and found them to be a very peaceful way to start or break up the day My favorite individual essay is Dreaming of Trees contrasting the treelessness of her adopted Dakotas with the other landscapes she s known Norris wonders how to cultivate simplicity of spirit What would I find in my own heart if the noise of the world were silenced Who would I be Who will I be when loss or crisis or the depredations of time take away the trappings of success of self importance even personality itself There are profound lines on nearly every page but here are a few of my favorite passages The hard work of writing has taught me that in matters of the heart such as writing or faith there is no right or wrong way to do it but only the way of your life Just paying attention will teach you what bears fruit and what doesn t But it will be necessary to revise to doodle scratch out erase even make a mess of things in order to make it come out right if the scriptures don t sometimes pierce us like a sword we re not paying close enough attention if you re looking for a belief in the power of words to change things to come alive and make a path for you to walk on you re better off with poets these days than with Christians we exist for each other and when we re at a low ebb sometimes just to see the goodness radiating from another can be all we need in order to rediscover it in ourselves Teddy practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of Calling Me Home prayer work and scripture This is the uestion that The Taint of Lovecraft poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she 45 Like Amazing Grace this is an impressively all encompassing and elouent set of essays on how faith intersects with everyday life In Mr. Francis Wife particular the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate From this experience she learned the benefits as well as the drawbacks of solitude and communal living She also considers the The Shadow People place that celibacy and monastic living might still have in modern life The fact that Christian monastics men and women both have been singing such gentle hymns at dusk for seventeen hundred years makes me realize that ceremony and tradition things I ve been raised to distrust as largely irrelevant can be food for the soul Sometimes her topics are drawn from the liturgical year feast days The Aliens Mate (Warriors of Luxiria, patron saints and martyrs chosen scriptures and wisdom from the Desert Fathers or other spiritual gurus Emily Dickinson is among her favorites Other times she simply reflects on her own life the blessings and challenges of being a freelance Degrees of Elevation poet and lay theologian the daily discipline involved in marriage keeping a house and gardening and childhood memories from Virginia Illinois and HawaiiThese are disparate Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels pieces rather than a straightforward narrative I read two or three at a time over a The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook period of several weeks and found them to be a very Vietnam Perkasie peaceful way to start or break up the day My favorite individual essay is Dreaming of Trees contrasting the treelessness of her adopted Dakotas with the other landscapes she s known Norris wonders how to cultivate simplicity of spirit What would I find in my own heart if the noise of the world were silenced Who would I be Who will I be when loss or crisis or the depredations of time take away the trappings of success of self importance even Losing Strength and Dexterity profound lines on nearly every Afghanistan page but here are a few of my favorite The Black Sheeps Secret Child passages The hard work of writing has taught me that in matters of the heart such as writing or faith there is no right or wrong way to do it but only the way of your life Just The Billionaires Desire paying attention will teach you what bears fruit and what doesn t But it will be necessary to revise to doodle scratch out erase even make a mess of things in order to make it come out right if the scriptures don t sometimes After the Flood pierce us like a sword we re not Trust in Tomorrow paying close enough attention if you re looking for a belief in the Manga: Pure Soldier OTOMAIDEN 4 (English Edition): Strategy of Demonic Vassal Part 1 power of words to change things to come alive and make a After the Flood path for you to walk on you re better off with Bronxwood poets these days than with Christians we exist for each other and when we re at a low ebb sometimes just to see the goodness radiating from another can be all we need in order to rediscover it in ourselves

characters ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Kathleen Norris

Found herself on two extended residencies at St John's Abbey in Minnesota Part record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life The Cloister Walk demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its ritual i I was rather uneasy with this book although I did manage to struggle through to the endThere were a few definite mentions of Orthodox Christianity when referring to ancient saints but everything else was the black and white ProtestantCatholic divide I don t know about many Protestant monastic communities but there are several Orthodox monasteries in the United States While I stop short of insisting she be completely inclusive I thought it odd that Orthodoxy was relegated to antiuity but for a few brief mentionsShe seemed like a very scatter brained art teacher waving her arms with flowy sleeves and talking about the Poetry of CreationBut she didn t really talk about Christ or God much That mostly clinched the I don t like this book feeling Granted it s a difficult subject to write about well but she kept approaching it and she s already set the scope of the book as Benedictine monastic experience and then nothing of any depth for meI feel kinda bad like I m giving a harsh critiue to a fifth grader s poem about his dog who died Oh well