Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir [NOOK Book]

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This unique and intensely personal memoir is about spirituality, not about religion,and it is alive with the raw energy of a journal and polisjed with the skill of the master storyteller.
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Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir

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Overview

This unique and intensely personal memoir is about spirituality, not about religion,and it is alive with the raw energy of a journal and polisjed with the skill of the master storyteller.
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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
For Sister Joan Chittister, defiance is a form of obedience. And silence in the face of injustice is a sin.
Spirituality & Health
Inspiring and edifying spiritual memoir. Consider this work as an example of the growth and transformation that can come from reading and savoring the spiritual words of others.
Brother David Steindl-Rast
Some leading figures (like the Pope) never say, 'I don't know;' others (like the Dalai Lama) say it surprisingly often. Joan Chittister admirably demonstrates the sparkling wisdom which springs from befriending our uncertainty. Page after page, her spirited questioning makes us feel joyfully alive.
Eugene Kennedy
In Called to Question, Joan Chittister calls us to enter deeply into ourselves as she enters into herself in this memoir that bears the compelling marks of a spiritual classic of our time. Already one of the true voices of the post-Vatican II age, she speaks to us as Woman, as Church, as Spiritual Guide but, most of all, following the mystical poet Blake, in a voice that cleanses the doors of perception so that we may see the universe as it is, infinite. Joan understands that religion is not the work of the will but of the imagination and that the Church is the sacrament of the world, just as it is. Read this to know Joan Chittister better, to know yourself more truly, and to grasp the meaning of sacramental faith more deeply.
Karen Armstrong
This candid memoir takes us immediately back to the challenging spirit of the gospels. Sister Joan reminds us that we have a religious duty to question any authority, however august, and to overturn the idols of orthodoxy. This wise, charitable and humane book will give hope to anybody who has felt diminished by institutionalized religion.
Shirley Ragsdale
The book maps Chittister's 'conscious, perilous journey from religion to spirituality.'
Norwich Bulletin - Cathy Grossman
The powerhouse sister may come packaged like a powder puff—a powder-blue suit matching her powder-blue eyes. But her out spoken ways challenge any tired stereotypes of women religious, as catholic sisters and nuns are known.
U.S. Catholic - Heidi Schlumpf
This spiritual memoir is not only the story of how Chittister discovered that she was 'called to question,' but a prompting for all of us to discover that vocation within ourselves as well.
Messenger - Owen Phelps
Sister Joan's book is an inner journey of the soul.
Usa Today
For Sister Joan Chittister, defiance is a form of obedience. And silence in the face of injustice is a sin.
U. S. Catholic
This spiritual memoir is not only the story of how Chittister discovered that she was 'called to question,' but a prompting for all of us to discover that vocation within ourselves as well.
— Heidi Schlumpf
Booklist
Chittister expertly and succinctly discusses the differences between religion, which she sees as an institution, and spirituality, which transcends dogma and creed, she says, and dwells in the heart. She reflects upon love and friendship, solitude and contemplation, power and evil, ecology and nature, and ultimately promotes a feminist spirituality to save the world from looming mass destruction.
Spirituality and Health
Inspiring and edifying spiritual memoir. Consider this work as an example of the growth and transformation that can come from reading and savoring the spiritual words of others.
Norwich Bulletin
The powerhouse sister may come packaged like a powder puff—a powder-blue suit matching her powder-blue eyes. But her out spoken ways challenge any tired stereotypes of women religious, as catholic sisters and nuns are known.
— Cathy Grossman
Messenger
Sister Joan's book is an inner journey of the soul.
— Owen Phelps
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580512251
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/24/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 689,612
  • File size: 376 KB

Meet the Author

Joan Chittister is a Benedictine sister, best-selling author, and a well-known national and international lecturer. In 2007 she was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award from The Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue: The Journey from Religion to Spirituality 1
Chapter 1 Religion: A Finger Pointing at the Moon 11
Chapter 2 Spirituality: Beyond the Boundaries of Religion 17
The Inward Life: A Discovery of the Obvious 25
Chapter 3 The God Within: Who Shall I Say Sent Me? 31
Chapter 4 The Presence of God: The Truth That Sets Us Free 37
Chapter 5 Prayer: Every Time I Do Get Time 43
Chapter 6 The Call of God: An Echo in the Heart 49
Chapter 7 Insight: The Alchemy of Experience 55
Chapter 8 Solitude: The Balm of the Soul 63
Chapter 9 The Self: The Ground of Our Becoming 71
Chapter 10 Commitment: The Place of Change in the Spiritual Life 77
Chapter 11 Balance: Going through Life Whole and Holy 83
Chapter 12 Darkness: A Way to the Light 89
Immersion in Life: The Other Side of Inwardness 97
Chapter 13 Relationships: To Know and Be Known 103
Chapter 14 Friendship: The Gift of Independence 111
Chapter 15 Listening: The Beginning of Wisdom 119
Resistance: The Gospel Imperative 125
Chapter 16 Justice: Passion for the Reign of God 131
Chapter 17 Power in the Powerless: The Courage to Refuse Evil 139
Feminist Spirituality: The Coming of a New World 147
Chapter 18 Society and Women: The Loss of Soul 155
Chapter 19 Men and Women: The Discovery of the Adult 161
Chapter 20 The Church and Women: Speaking in the Name of God 169
Ecology: The Other Side of the Spiritual Life 177
Chapter 21 Nature: The Voice of God around Us 185
Chapter 22 Creation: The Process That Never Ends 191
Dailiness: The Gifts of the Mundane 199
Chapter 23 Struggle: The Search for God in Darkness 207
Chapter 24 Joy: The God Who Loves Laughter 215
Chapter 25 Sanctity: The Task of Growing into God 221
Epilogue 227
Notes 229
About the Author 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Strongly recommended. If you have ever questioned the church you should no longer feel guitly or ashamed of yourself for questioning.

    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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