Dance of a Fallen Monk

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After almost twenty years of strict celibacy and silence as a Trappist monk and priest, George Fowler decided reluctantly to leave the Catholic Church at the age of forty in search of a more meaningful spiritual life.  In rejecting the strictures of monastery life, and the constraints imposed on him by the Catholic Church, Fowler came to realize that the inner serenity and spiritual peace he spent his life searching for could only be found "while uproariously ignoring the greater part of what the ...
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Overview

After almost twenty years of strict celibacy and silence as a Trappist monk and priest, George Fowler decided reluctantly to leave the Catholic Church at the age of forty in search of a more meaningful spiritual life.  In rejecting the strictures of monastery life, and the constraints imposed on him by the Catholic Church, Fowler came to realize that the inner serenity and spiritual peace he spent his life searching for could only be found "while uproariously ignoring the greater part of what the churches thump their Book about."  Now a nationally syndicated columnist on religious issues, George Fowler has written a penetrating and poignant account of how he learned to hear the music of life--and dance to its joyous beat.

From a hardscrabble Montana youth to 21 years of complete celibacy as a Trappist monk to his excommunication from the Catholic Church for marrying a nun, Fowler's story of his deep struggles within a profound religious faith is one of a thinker and activist motivated by a quest for true spiritual understanding.

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Fowler, a former Trappist monk who was excommunicated from the Catholic church, presents a spiritual autobiography in which he argues against organized religion in favor of a more individualist spirituality. July
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385484077
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,018,254
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Great Book

    I loved this book. It really illustrates how a person can change throughout life, and start over at any age. It was was amusing, heart-felt, and very readable. It was an enjoyable and inspiring book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    WHO ELSE HAS READ THIS BOOK?

    I would like to know if anyone else has read this book. I haven't. But I would love to hear from someone who has. Thanks.

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