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  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802812163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802812162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chittister, a Catholic Benedictine nun who once dreamed of being a fiction writer, takes a major disappointment from her life and transforms it into a series of absorbing universal lessons in this book that is both contemplative and expository. The author (Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men) and lecturer tells how in the interest of "humility" she was instructed as a young nun to withdraw her application from a prestigious creative writing program and spend her summer as a camp cook. Although Chittister writes today as if she were still reeling from this disappointment's devastating blow, it is clear that in her struggle she found another way to express herself through writing. She ultimately discovered that she was still a writer, even though she was not free to write in the way she had hoped. Chittister uses the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God to further illustrate the struggle that she says is part of every life, pointing out how such encounters can lead to growth and new direction. But even as she writes of the "gifts" of struggle, she is candid about its dark side and lasting impact. After all, she notes, Jacob got up limping from his night of wrestling with God. It is clear from Chittister's reflections that she has navigated the territory of which she writes. Her message should appeal to a diverse audience of readers who want more than platitudes and pat answers to life's challenges.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Joan D. Chittister is an award-winning author and noted international lecturer, she is also the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Joan Chittister, OSB (1936- ) is a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA. She is the author of over 50 books--twelve of which have won Catholic Press Association Awards--two in 2012: Monastery of the Heart and Happiness. Her books released in 2013 are: The Way of the Cross (Orbis) and The Sacred In Between (Twenty-Third Publ). Orbis also re-released two of her award-winning books: Passion for Life and For EvVerything a Season. Her book, The Monastery of the Heart: an invitation to a meaningful life, is prelude to a movement for all seekers: Monasteries of the Heart, recently begun by her Benedictine community. 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, her masters from the University of Notre Dame. She serves as Executive Director of Benetvision, a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality. (joanchittister.org)

Customer Reviews

Thank you Joan for hearing the voice of God and taking the courage to obey it.
Aloma D. Marquis
And the great gift to us all is her ability to help us along our own life's journey with its deep disappointments, losses and turns taken that we hadn't planned on.
Vina Williams
Every one should keep a copy on this book for difficult times, or for when evaluating things form the past and how they made us who we are to day.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Vina Williams on April 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Joan Chittister has a wonderful way with words! No wonder when the offer of her getting an advanced degree in creative writing was withdrawn at the last moment, she struggled with deep disappointment, anger and fear. But she remained faithful to the vows of obedience that she had taken as a Benedictine nun and the great transformation of her life began. As she wrestled with her negative feelings, eventually she was able to see how she could use her writing skills in other ways. And the great gift to us all is her ability to help us along our own life's journey with its deep disappointments, losses and turns taken that we hadn't planned on. She illustrates in this wonderful book how all of us get scarred by life's struggles. That is a comfort when you believe you are alone in this. Then she goes on to show how, out of those very struggles, we are able to grow and mature, sometimes even living something undreamed of that goes well beyond what we had originally hoped for. I love this book and have recommended it to friends and family. I read it in two days, not being able to put it down. A friend has told me he has done the same. The book jacket states: "Neither a self-help manual nor a book offering pat answers, but supremely practical and relevant...(it)will richly reward those readers seeking solace in the empathetic, wise, and accessible meditations of a fellow struggler." Amen to that!
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Spirit&Life reviewer on June 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In this most personal of her many books, Joan Chittister uses the story of Jacob wrestling with God as a metaphor for the seemingly insurmountable struggles and disappointments that occur in every lifetime. Writing with passion and compassion, she shows how it is precisely in confronting our personal limitations and the limitations imposed on us, that we strengthen our spiritual muscles and learn to accept help from others. From struggle is born new life and conversion, as we open our hearts and minds to new possibilities. Only the experience of our own vulnerability will prepare us to understand others in their brokenness. Facing despair, we discover the depth of our faith, and dealing with depression, we learn the quality of our hope. Hope need not be heroic: it may be just putting one foot ahead of the other when we find no reason to do so. This is a practical, positive, and challenging book to be read slowly and pondered prayerfully.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on May 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For a while, the book SCARRED BY STRUGGLE, TRANSFORMED BY HOPE appeared as a recommended book by Amazon.com. I am not certain as to whether it was recommended to me because of my interest in spirituality or because of my interest in writing. Whatever the reason, I am happy this book was recommended.
Sr. Joan Chittister is a Catholic nun and a member the Benedictine community. As a young religious, she had the desire to be a fiction writer. This would have been during the years after Vatican II and the reforms of religious life, so this venture was within the realm of possibility for the young nun. For a reason she still does not know, her order decided that it would be best if she did not enter a creative writing program. While she continued as a religious, and more than likely did some very effective ministerial work, her heart was not in her activities and she had to deal with this very real disappointment. She had to face her own vulnerability and make rather difficult decisions. A biblical image that aided her in understanding is the Genesis story of Jacob wrestling with an angel. This rather curious story helped her understand the struggle she faced. This work is the fruit of her insight and lessons learned from the experience.
Sr. Joan sees struggle as involving eight characteristics: change, isolation, darkness, fear, powerlessness, vulnerability, exhaustion, and scarring. Each of the characteristics has a gift that can be gained: conversion, independence, faith, courage, surrender, limitations, endurance, and transformation. In each section she either uses her own experience of an experience involving someone she knows. She touches on personal experiences we all face and collective experiences such as the aftermath of September 11.
While Sr.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Catherine M. Ruth on January 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are lines in books so penetrating that we rush to underline them, trying to hold on to the feeling they evoke in us. In Chittister's "Scarred by Struggle," nearly every single line is worthy of highlighting. I have read many, many good spiritual books, but none compare to this. For those who unexpectedly find themselves wrapped in darkness, suffocating from dread, and feeling as if they will drown in all of it, Chittister's words will save you. One knows that she has been tossed to this place called "nowhere," against her own will, and very slowly climbed out. What she says and the rare eloquence with which she speaks will be a miracle to those who need to find a way to hold on. The beauty of the book is that Chittister doesn't give easy answers to difficult questions -- rather she defines the agony of struggle so keenly that you feel less alone and less crazy while caught in it, and she leads you to small, simple ways to survive until you can be resurrected.
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