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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.
Posted December 6, 2011
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.
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Posted June 24, 2009
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.
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