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Another World: A Retreat in the Ozarks
     

Another World: A Retreat in the Ozarks

by William Claassen
 

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Another World explores day to day life in a small Trappist monastery tucked away in the Ozark foothills. Interweaving memoir with conversations with the monks, observations of community life, and relationships with other visitors, Claassen provides a window into contemporary monastic life. Each chapter describes a day in the monastery. The reading experience is

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Another World explores day to day life in a small Trappist monastery tucked away in the Ozark foothills. Interweaving memoir with conversations with the monks, observations of community life, and relationships with other visitors, Claassen provides a window into contemporary monastic life. Each chapter describes a day in the monastery. The reading experience is like spending time away from the world in a real community that is very human and gently inspiring. Eighteen black&white photos by the author further evoke the experience.

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After his first stay at a monastery 25 years ago, writer and social activist Claassen knew monastic retreats were destined to become a significant part of his life. Having found a community that understood his hunger for silence and solitude, he went on to repeat the experience many times at monasteries in North and South America. This book, an account of one such retreat at Assumption Abbey in Missouri, brings together Claassen's many and diverse experiences both inside and outside various monastery walls. In the context of his own retreat, the author skillfully mingles details from his life with those of the monks and monastery visitors he meets during his stay, adding flashbacks to his past and sketches of his dreams. In so doing, he shows how "The retreats are not an escape, but rather an opportunity to come face to face with my shadows and with my light." Claassen, who was raised as a Protestant, confirmed as a Catholic and now attends Quaker meetings, writes appreciatively of the welcome he has always received at the various monasteries he has visited. Such communities, he says, are inclusive and nonjudgmental, rejecting the "conquer and convert" approach to religion. Claassen's blended religious background and perspective make this an inviting book for readers of any or no faith, and his photographs provide added visual interest. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461635215
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

William Claassen is a longtime social activist, writer, traveler, and photographer. He now lives at Pendle Hill, the Quaker center for spiritual growth, study, and service in Pennsylvania. His website is www.williamclaassen.com.

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