From the Publisher
“This marvel of a book sings in the heart and makes the mind quiet with reverence, even as it instructs both of them with a holy gladness. The Monastery of the Heart is a gift to all seekers everywhere.” —Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours
“Joan Chittister has emerged as a wisdom figure for our time. Here she takes her wise monastic tradition and takes it on the road for all to love and enjoy.” —Richard Rohr, author, The Naked Now
“Lyrical in its prose, The Monastery of the Heart reads like a holy distillation of all that Joan Chittister has written to date.” —Ephrem Hollermann, author, The Reshaping of a Tradition
“The monastic archetype is embedded in every soul . . . Joan Chittister understands and communicates this to her contemporaries with rare insight and power. Her book will help more people discover this personally.” —Laurence Freeman, author, The Selfless Self
Chittister (executive director, Benetvision; The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully), prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA, is one of the most cherished Catholic writers now living. Her latest work is an invitation to spiritual reflection drawn from her own long experience and emphasizes topics important to her—lectio divina, prayer, service, and sacred art, among others. Her ideas are arrayed in a kind of loose free verse, and while they are indifferent as poetry, the slightly unusual disposition of words on the page slows the reader down, prompting a deeper engagement with the material. This book also provides an introduction to a growing alliance of spiritual seekers (www.monasteriesoftheheart.org) united by an interest in Benedictine life and spirituality. VERDICT Chittister's new work reflects the creation of a new kind of quasi-monastic spirituality suited for the age of liberalization—and technology; her writing should find readers among individual seekers, academics, and churches.