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Called to Question is Sr. Joan Chittister's most personal and intense writing to date. Centered around a series of conversations with spiritual writers featured in her private journal, Sr. Joan looks at the common questions or dimensions of life as we know them in our daily lives-not answers as we've been given them-in an attempt to unravel their many meanings, to give them flesh, to honor their spiritual import now and here, in our time and in our own lives. By sharing the questions, doubts, and convictions in her own heart, Chittister explores the heart of faith itself and nurtures a spirituality that pushes readers beyond superficial questioning and unexamined faith. The paperback edition includes a new Prologue about the power of questions in today's society. Following a moving prologue on the nature of faith, Called to Question is broken into six parts that explore key themes- the inward life, immersion in life, resistance, feminist spirituality, ecology, dailiness. Within each theme is a wide array of topics that embody Sr. Joan's life's work as a sociologist, theologian, Benedictine nun, rights activist, and spiritual guide to countless people throughout the world. Alive with the raw energy of a journal and polished with the skill of a master storyteller, each chapter is an engaging dialogue between Sr. Joan and many different wisdom sources about such topics as God's existence and call, experience, struggle, justice, the role of women and men in society and church, living through doubt, and celebrating life. Called to Question is a rare and powerful invitation to look into the center of our own souls, name our questions about God and life, admit the worst, and pursue the best—even when we are unsure where that pursuit will take us.
Part 1 Prologue: The Journey From Religion to Spirituality Chapter 2 Religion: A Finger Pointing at the Moon Chapter 3 Spirituality: Beyond the Boundaries of Religion Part 4 The Inward Life: A Discovery of the Obvious Chapter 5 The God Within: Whom Shall I Say Sent Me? Chapter 6 The Presence of God: The Truth That Sets Us Free Chapter 7 Prayer: Every Time I Do Get Time Chapter 8 The Call of God: An Echo in the Heart Chapter 9 Insight: The Alchemy of Experience Chapter 10 Solitude: The Balm of the Soul Chapter 11 The Self: The Ground of our Becoming Chapter 12 Commitment: The Place of Change in the Spiritual Life Chapter 13 Balance: Going Through Life Whole and Holy Chapter 14 Darkness: A Way to Light Part 15 Immersion in Life: The Other Side of Inwardness Chapter 16 Relationships: To Know and Be Known Chapter 17 Friendship: A Gift of Independence Chapter 18 Listening: The Beginning of Wisdom Part 19 Resistance: The Gospel Imperative Chapter 20 Justice: Passion for the Reign of God Chapter 21 Power in the Powerless: The Courage to Refuse Evil Part 22 Feminist Spirituality: The Coming of a New World Chapter 23 Society and Women: The Loss of the Soul Chapter 24 Men and Women: The Discovery of the Adult Chapter 25 The Church and Women: Speaking in the Name of God Part 26 Ecology: The Other Side of the Spiritual Life Chapter 27 Nature: The Voice of God Around Us Chapter 28 Creation: The Process That Never Ends Part 29 Dailiness: The Gifts of the Mundane Chapter 30 Struggle: The Search for God in Darkness Chapter 31 Joy: The God who Loves Laughter Chapter 32 Sanctity: The Task of Growing into God Part 33 Epilogue
Posted April 29, 2012
Sister Joan is speaking from her heart and from years of life experiences. I have questioned many things regarding the catholic church. I for one, appreciated Sister's book as support for my own questions and concerns. I was at odds with myself about my questioning the very church I belong to and obtain my religious and spiritual guidence. While reading this book I began to feel like I did when exiting a confessional. Thank you Joan for helping me see that quesioning is healthy and constructive.
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Posted May 28, 2011
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