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Julian of Norwich: Mystic and Theologian Paperback – May 1, 2000


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A new edition of the excellent study of Julian of Norwich. -- Spirit and Life

An accessible yet sufficiently detailed introduction to many of the historical and theological issues that surround Julian and her writing. -- Anglican Theological Review

Bridges the gap of centuries to bring a spirituality to our time that is relevant and exciting. -- Spiritual Book Associates

It bridges the gap of centuries to bring a spirituality to our time that is relevant and exciting. -- Spiritual Book Associates

The best introductions to Julian of Norwich's Revelations for those interested in the process of spiritual growth and healing. -- Mystics Quarterly

This is a book for anyone drawn to Christian mysticism and the role of women in that tradition. -- Catholic Women's Network

This is a book for those with a scholarly interest in Julian as well and anyone drawn to Christian mysticism. -- Catholic Women's Network

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Grace Jantzen is John Rylands Professorial Research Fellow and co-director of the Centre for Religion, Culture and Gender at the University of Manchester, England. Her recent books include Becoming Divine: Towards a Feminist Philosophy of Religion (Indiana University Press, 1999), and Power and Gender in Christian Mysticism (Cambridge University Press, 1995).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; New Sub edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080913991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809139910
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth G. Melillo VINE VOICE on July 18, 2000
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Grace Jantzen presents a thorough, interesting background of Julian's place, time, and spirituality. It is especially valuable because, unlike many other contemporary books on the topic, it is not speculative - conclusions can be trusted because no half truths are justified. Excellent scholarly work. Only the political correctness in the introduction is a bit boring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on November 5, 2013
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If you have any familiarity with Julian of Norwich it is most likely with her oft-quoted, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well," which she claims was said to her by God and reflects her theology in a nutshell. Jantzen, an internationally-renowned feminist philosopher of religion who unfortunately died from cancer in 2006 at the age of 57, has left a fine study of Julian’s writings and her times. Little is known of Julian herself. Even her name. She lived about 1342 to 1416, and her anchoress’ cell was built onto the wall of the church of St. Julian in Norwich; so that is what she has been called. Her writings identify her as one of the most important Christian mystics. She lived through the Plague and was herself deathly ill, during which time she had a series of intense visions of Jesus Christ. Her writings explore the theological meaning of the visions.
Julian respected the scholastic, impersonal and universal tradition of the church but was herself more grounded in the monastic tradition, which is rooted in immediate personal experience. She became convinced that the essence of human beings, all human beings, is good, a fact of nature. She saw the root of all the mess and muddle in our lives as broken-heartedness, not as punishment, but simply a result of turning from our deepest self. Struggling with why humanity went away from that essence, she spent twenty years pondering the problem of evil in the world. She saw no wrath in “God,” discerning that human beings make a deliberate choice of “hell.” Like modern theologian Paul Tillich, she did not define “sin” as sins,” but as a fracturing (Tillich would say estrangement) from our relationship to “God” (Tillich would say Ground of Being).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vicki L. Kensinger on November 8, 2007
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'Mystic and theologian' is a perfect subtitle to this book. As Julian's experience, deepening ponderings and reflections feed my heart AND my head, so does this book. Talk about integration, whole-making! This exposition makes me fall and fall and fall deeper into truth in Julian' writings, deeper into the truth of myself, and deeper in love with God.

thank you grace.
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