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Drawing on the treasury of monastic wisdom, Joan Chittister reveals the hidden holiness that lies within the rituals and passages of life. Listen with the Heart is a gift and a blessing. (Robert Ellsberg, author of All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time)

In the latest of her 20 books, Joan tells a simple story from an everyday situation and then includes many meditations and insightful phrases to ponder and enjoy. (Network For Women's Spirituality)

About the Author

Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B., is a Benedictine sister, best-selling author, and a well-known international speaker. A theologian, social psychologist, and communication theorist, she has written more than 20 books, taught on all education levels, received nine honorary doctorates, and is an active member of the International Peace Council. A leader in worker's justice, international peace initiatives, women's movements for equality, Sr. Joan is founder and Executive Director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality, past president of the Conference of American Women Religious, and in 2007, she was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award from The Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She lives in Erie, PA, in a Benedictine community.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward (August 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580511392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580511391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Chittister, OSB (1936- ) is a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA. She is the author of over 50 books--and has won fourteen Catholic Press Association Awards for them. In September 2015 two books by Sister Joan were published, as well as her first biography. She authored: Two Dogs and a Parrot (BlueBridge) and In God's Holy Light (Franciscan Media). The biography is by Tom Roberts--Joan Chittister: Her Journey From Certainty to Faith (Orbis).

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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Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun, has written over twenty books that map the terrain of the Christian life, with special attention paid to issues of feminism, international justice, the monastics, and reform in the Catholic Church. I especially enjoyed her work Scarred By Struggle, Transformed By Hope (2003). In this slender volume she organizes her thoughts around a dozen themes of everyday, ordinary life: blessing, light, fasting, prayer, naming, ordinary time, community, rituals, music, table fellowship, the mystery of death, and waiting. She introduces each of these twelve chapters with a 1-2 page overview, followed by about 30 aphoristic, pithy reflections on the given theme. One of the couple dozen notes about prayer, for example, reads: "Prayer is not an escape into spiritual narcissism. It is an attempt to put on the mind of God, to see the world as God sees the world, to respond to the needs around us as God responds to ours" (p. 38). Or on community: "It's what we owe the rest of humanity that drives us into communities large enough to deal with large questions. None of us has the right to ignore what is eating the heart out of the world and call ourselves human" (p. 67). On death: "There's a time in life when we start reading the obituaries before we read the headlines of the daily paper. That's the sign that we have finally figured out how precious life really is. If it hasn't happened to you yet, pray God it will" (p. 107).

The book's format of short introductions, followed by thirty or so separate, independent thoughts on the theme, makes for awkward reading. This is not a book to sit down and read straight through. Nor is the quality of reflection and introspection even throughout. While some of her insights shine, others feel pedantic and over written.
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This small book is arranged by chapters, each having an introduction and then supportive statements built around a theme reflecting community. It must be remembered that the author is a nun so the applications often are fairly specific to the religious life. The collected quotes, however, are marvelous, general, and not particular to the Christian faith but rather to the human spirit. We used the book as an adult study, assigning students to read, interpret, and identify with the materials.
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Everything she writes is amazing and I would highly recommend this one or any of the other books by sister Joan.
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Excellent book for morning meditations or to pick up on the go. Each entry affords much food for thought.
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fast shipping great book
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