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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Alba House (December 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818912871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818912870
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Recently retired from her position as a philosophy professor at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, Celia Wolf-Devine has written of her conversion from the Episcopal Church to Roman Catholicism in the book The New Catholics edited by Dan O Neill for Crossroad Publishing House. Her prayerful familiarity with Catholic authors and her use of their various approaches to life and prayer is enhanced by her contacts with those outside the Church who are searching for the faith which she has found and enthusiastically embraced. All with benefit from her practical and effective approach to the transformation of the heart through the prayer of desire into that for which God made it.

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Celia Wolf-Devine is a retired philosophy professor. She has a BA from Smith College. Trained in Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she then branched out to do philosophical work on social philosophy,and gender issues (See Sex and Gender: A Spectrum of Views which she edited with Philip Devine). She is something of a maverick who at home neither with red state or blue state culture and tries to think her way through issues carefully and consistently. This makes her feel rather homeless and frustrated in the current world.

Most recently she has felt drawn to write on prayer in a practical sort of way, emerging largely out of her own prayer life rather than in a scholarly or historical way. She has another book in the works, entitled "The Hungry Heart: Reflections on Desire,' and continues to do hard core philosophy -- philosophy of perception -- just to keep her mind active. See her website www.celiawolfdevine.com for more information.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marika Smith on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I seldom linger over books about prayer, because the contents, with lists of shoulds and hows, provoke a profound sense of inadequacy. The Heart Transformed takes a startlingly different approach, tying prayer to the intimacy of desire instead of the sturdiness of duty. Celia Wolf-Devine moves into the subject with a wealth of personal stories and humor that I found unexpected and delightful. The book also provided new models and challenges for prayer in a spirit of intelligent exploration, combined with respect for reality and trust in the Holy Spirit.
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