Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoirby Joan Sister Chittister
Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir 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 of her own heart, Chittister explores the heart of faith itself and nurtures a spirituality that pushes readers beyond superficial questioning and unexamined faith.
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 sources of wisdom 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.
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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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Chittister took to heart the advice to "know thyself," for all the years she spent in contemplation resulted in her being remarkably insightful, and - thankfully - she shares her insight. This is the third book of hers that I have read and each has been a gem. Her style is clean and easy. Yet, she often drops a bomb of logic through the use of a simple declarative sentence that will jolt you into a profound realization. You can't help but to occasionally put the book down, tilt your head back and consider her thoughts, and enjoy the gift of her giving.
A wonderful memoir of what it means to be Christian in changing times and personal struggles. A must read for all women with questions of what it means to be a woman and a Christian. A call to Christians to examine our beliefs, our place, and our calling in life. Well written, very inspirational.
Great memoir of an outspoken Nun who risked much to present her points of view, and was "call to question" by the Vatican.