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Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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Last spring Random House published: Between the Dark and the Daylight and in the fall of 2014 Orbis Books released--Joan Chittister: The Essential Writings, which is a collection of the best from her many books, interviews and articles.
Sister Joan is an international speaker who inspires both her audiences and readers with her passion for justice, equality and peace, especially for women in both society and the church. She is a regular web columnist for the National Catholic Reporter (ncronline.org) and Huffington Post (Huffingtonpost.com). Her PhD is from Penn State University in Speech-Communication Theory, where her literary archives are now housed. An opening exhibit of her works will be on display there at the Paterno Library through December 2015. Her masters is from the University of Notre Dame. She serves as Executive Director of Benetvision, a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality. See the website joanchittister.org to follow her upcoming speaking engagements and latest news.
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We may have read gratefully her
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
We may study well her careful commentary
The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century (Spiritual Legacy Series)
and several other related studies. Here we discover the cornerstone for all her years of learning.
The purpose of this book expressly seeks those who face a life decision at any time in life, with all which this entails. In a word this book aids "both to provoke thinking and to clarify it." Absent the constant and caring presence of persistent spiritual director, we find within this wise book direction to a more complete, purposeful, joyful, passionate life, as this life long and skilled spiritual director guides us with the wisdom she has gained at great cost.
Nearly all of the twenty two sections of this book thus bear titles of caring, probing, provocative questions.
Whose calling is it?
What does it mean, "to have a purpose?"
Why does it take so long to find out who I am?
The First Call: an invitation to adulthood
Is everything we'd like to do really a call?
How do I know I'm doing what I'm meant to do?Read more ›
Sister Joan provides a framework for charting a life that is deeply lived and deeply invested. By recognizing with gratitude the opportunities that show themselves to us, we can live lives that are incredibly fulfilling and also make a great contribution to the world. But it means taking risks!
However, risks are by definition dangerous. So that's why they must be wisely taken. And the best wisdom is based in one's personal call in life. Sister Joan provides advice for recognizing and listening to this call. This book brings to mind wisdom-filled real-life stories such as I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved: The Curiously Inspiring Adventures of a Free Spirit Who Changed Lives and The Seven Storey Mountain, helping the reader select the most rewarding (and sometimes demanding) path in life.
For those in the process of making major decisions - whether charting one's early course in life or changing directions later on - this book is highly recommended for the wisdom and depth it provides.
Internationally-known author, lecturer, and Benedictine sister, Joan Chittister encourages readers to consider these questions to lead us to happiness. "When we finally take that first step toward being honest about what we ourselves really believe, really want to do, really enjoy most, are really most committed to doing for others--and do it--we become a person who is a gift to the rest of the human race" (pg. 99).
Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy invites us to look at our God-given talents, our innate passions, and how using our gifts in order to help others. She explains how taking action using our talents to do something purposeful that helps others is what will lead us to having a genuinely satisfying life.
Another important message conveyed is that it's never too late. Some people feel that they can't possibly go in a completely new direction when it comes to their education, career, ministry, hobbies..., but Joan illustrates that simply isn't true. Discovering our purpose and how we can use who we are and what we have to help others is a life-long process. We grow, learn more about ourselves, and how our strengths can be used to make life better for others.
Following your call rather than falling back on what you know and can do that will most likely lead to a life that's successful in the world's eyes certainly goes against the grain.Read more ›
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Every book Sister Joan writes is a gift to us. She is a listener attuned to the human condition. She hears, understands, and relates, and her insight validates our experiences,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Janice L. Vickers
Her insights into life and humanity never cease to amaze me. Every sentence breathes spirituality.Published 5 months ago by JFR
I don't consider myself religious, so I worried that her philosophy make the book hard to read. I didn't find this to be the case.Published 8 months ago by Traveler
Actually have not read it yet except for cover, but knowing Chittister's work, I am sure I will love itPublished 9 months ago by Connie Robotka
Joan describes exactly how I have felt since I turned 40. A relentless uneasy feeling about what I am doing with my life and the constant empty gut feeling of a missing core... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Don
I think everyone should read this book! Very engaging and really helps you think about your purpose and take the steps necessary to live the life you weren't meant to live. Read morePublished 10 months ago by G
I so much enjoyed this book. It is really gave me insight to figuring out my purpose on this earth. I highly recommend reading this book.Published 10 months ago by Carol Poole