Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader

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“Humanity, take a good look at yourself. Inside, you’ve got heaven and earth, and all of creation. You’re a world – everything is hidden in you.” –Hildegard of Bingen
 
She was a Benedictine abbess, artist, composer, dietician, naturalist, poet, travelling preacher, mystic, and political consultant. She was a self-doubter with acute certainty in a merciful and mysterious God; a gifted healer who suffered from illness her whole life. Meet the incomparable Hildegard of Bingen. Nourishing, challenging, and ...
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“Humanity, take a good look at yourself. Inside, you’ve got heaven and earth, and all of creation. You’re a world – everything is hidden in you.” –Hildegard of Bingen
 
She was a Benedictine abbess, artist, composer, dietician, naturalist, poet, travelling preacher, mystic, and political consultant. She was a self-doubter with acute certainty in a merciful and mysterious God; a gifted healer who suffered from illness her whole life. Meet the incomparable Hildegard of Bingen. Nourishing, challenging, and idea-bursting, her writings will stir and awaken your soul.
 
This essential reader captures the vibrant spirit and intelligence of Hildegard with selections from her songs, theological texts, liturgical music, and letters. Combined with an introduction to Hildegard’s life and era, a map of Hildegard’s Germany, chronology, and a thorough bibliography/discography, Hildegard of Bingen provides the ideal introduction to the thought of this fascinating medieval mystic.
 
“Nothing short of delightful . . . . I often felt I was reading Hildegard, the real Hildegard, for the first time.”
-Dr. Katharina Wilson, Professor of Comparative Literature, The University of Georgia
 
“This book is a gift to the church. Carmen Butcher wisely selects and elegantly translates Hildegard’s works, including her soaring music, spiritual visions, and selected letters.”
-Scot McKnight, author of The Jesus Creed and The Real Mary
 
“Carmen Butcher has tapped into St. Hildegard’s spirit and made it accessible.”
– Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B., St. Gregory’s Abbey and University
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Butcher, a scholar of medieval Christianity, offers fresh translations of selected writings by 12th-century German abbess Hildegard of Bingen. A fearless advocate of the truth as she saw it and a correspondent of kings and popes, Hildegard was not only a nun but a poet and mystic of practically psychedelic visions. As Butcher reminds us, an album of her sacred songs, A Feather on the Breath of God, briefly went to the top of the Billboard charts 25 years ago, and Hildegard has proved durably appealing to feminists, Christians, and mystic seekers of all stripes. This brief and flowingly translated selection should renew her appeal. For most collections.


—Graham Christian
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557254900
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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