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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582436134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582436135
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A timely and alluring exploration of the pleasures and powers of silence." -- Tim Parks

About the Author

Sara Maitland is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Daughters of Jerusalem, and several non-fiction books about religion. Born in 1950, she studied at Oxford University and currently tutors on the Distance Learning MA in creative writing for Lancaster University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is an amazing book to read, absorb and then just sit with.
C. Macleod
I thought it would have been more effective if she had said less, say about the romantic 'ramblings' and such.
Persephone
This is a book that will stay with me for a long time as it has enriched my life and enlarged my thinking.
E. Mary White

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. Mary White on April 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This gem is superbly written with intelligence, sensitivity, and wit. I was captivated, although it did jump off the book shelf into my hands. If you are not already interested in silence it would probably be a strange and difficult read. If silence is already calling you, then it's food for the soul and not to be missed. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time as it has enriched my life and enlarged my thinking. The author's personal story made the book fascinating, from the descriptions of gardening in Northamptonshire, her experimental 40 day retreat on the Isle of Skye, life in the Yorkshire moors, followed by settling in rural Scotland were memories of Britain for me, for which I am deeply grateful. Coupled with that, the author's exploration of silence and faith was deeply profound, especially from such a fascinating woman with such a noisy background. Silence called! Sara Maitland has made me think about silence, not just the practise of it, but the study of it, as she poses the significant question "what is silence?" It is much, much more than the absence of noise. To read this book is to think about noise and to listen to sound, and silence, in a whole new way.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on November 24, 2009
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This book was all but overwhelming for me. There were some slow parts (which probably just meant I didn't understand where she was going) but on page after page I had many moments of startling insights. This is a spiritual book. It's about touching and allowing yourself to be touched by God. One of her biggest dilemmas was how to go into her personal silence, meet God, dwell with him to the best of her ability and hear his word. That transcends all experiences of God I would think. She's also practical. She doesn't cut herself off from her loved ones or others she might happen across refusing to speak to them. She even states, I think rightly, that this isn't doable in Western civilization at this point in time. I loved joining her on her journey. The only real disconnect I had was when she, as a writer, felt by emptying herself and allowing more of God in she had little to write about, she'd let too much of herself go. Also, the experiences were ineffable. That hasn't been my spiritual experience. Yes I've felt the ineffable and yes I've felt myself blend more fully with God but, being human and still physical, we still have ego's, no matter how much we'd like to join with our higher power we're still (just?) us. The value for me is by becoming more alive to God and allowing him to be more alive with me, within me; I come back from the ineffable as more of myself, better able to reflect the sacred. And that gives me loads to think and write about, the only caveat being some experiences are so holy that they probably shouldn't be shared with your closest loves ones if with anyone. This was a life changing book for me. Thank you Sara.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Morrow on July 15, 2010
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Having been in an extended season of reading more than a few books on silence, solitude and contemplation, Sara Maitland's book is by far one of the absolute finest. She is an astute writer and I can't say enough about how much I appreciate her willingness to take us as readers along on her journey for that perfect silent place.(I also loved Anne d. LeClaire's book, "Listening Below the Noise.")

In this book Maitland writes across the board on various topics to do with silence that others I've read haven't dared to touch on. Topics I found utterly fascinating, such as the dark side of silence, or the difference types of silence (self-emptying of the desert hermits, vs. self-fullfillment of the romantics). I can see how a person only mildly interested in the subject might become bored after a few chapters, but not me. The whole book was sheer nutrition to my soul. Having just finished the book last night I am very sad today that it's over as I hung on every word.

I wish there were more books out there on the subject with the depth and integrity of Maitlands but I'm afraid that's like asking for the moon. I'll just be thankful for having discovered her book when I did.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 7, 2009
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A BOOK OF SILENCE comes from a feminist, mother, and author who found herself living alone in the country after a lifetime of noisy family - and who came to love it. Here Maitland describes how she decided to expand her newfound love of silence, from experiencing silence in the Sinai desert to Scotland and a remote cottage on the Isle of Skye. Her journey brings her a deeper understanding of the meaning of silence and self-discovery in a fine survey counteracting the noise of daily life and promoting an appreciation for silence in the world. Any general lending library will welcome this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Persephone on February 23, 2011
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Like several other reviewers, I am not sure I know what I was expecting when I ordered this book. I have always been drawn to silence, monastic retreats, and so on, and fight for silence in my own life, using such low-level techniques as avoiding music, phone calls, etc when I am 'doing my hermit thing.' So perhaps I was hoping that she would give me a few tips on how to incorporate more silence, without radically changing my life---like those oblates who don't actually join the convent but observe some of the practices at home. But it's a very individual book and its experiences don't transfer to someone else. The historical digressions got tedious; the best parts were her own experiences with her mother, her writing, and so on. I did find the discussion of accidie and how it differs from depression to be very good. I thought it would have been more effective if she had said less, say about the romantic 'ramblings' and such. I also got tired of the mantra of Thoreau. I have no idea if this is true but I read somewhere that for all his talk about the woods, he brought his laundry home regularly for his mother to wash. That rather spoiled him for me. (Maybe it isn't true but...)
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