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"This wonderful book gives us a privileged peek into the soul of a holy woman as she engages beautiful biblical texts in prayer. In ways witty and winsome, Houselander teaches us to unite our will with God's will, as the Blessed Virgin Mary did." --Scott Hahn, author of Hail, Holy Queen

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Caryll Houselander (1901-1954) was a lay English artist who became one of the most popular Catholic spiritual writers of modern times. She shared a unique and mystical vision of Christianity and Catholic teachings through her writing. In 1944, The Reed of God, a collection of profound and lyrical essays about Mary, established Houselander as a respected modern spiritual writer in the tradition of Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Classics; Revised edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870612409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870612404
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a beautiful little book (replete with poetic and mystical passages of real beauty and full of joy) which should really be regarded as a classic- a kind of extended love poem to Christ; "It is impossible to know God, even through the sense of Absence, without falling in love with him". Any biographical notices I have read of Caryll Houselander refer to her as a modern mystic and I can well believe this to be the case, having read this book. In this book, the significance of our Lady as Christ bearer (Theotokos - God bearer, as know to our eastern brethren) is that she teaches us also to be Christ bearers: "The one thing that she did and doe is the one thing that we all have to do, namely, to bear Christ into the world".

But not only in this book full of mystical insight, I found myself very much taken by her penetrating insights into human nature, describing Pilate as "the weak and timid civil servant" and seeing the "aesthetic sense" as "a kind of deeply buried inherited memory of innocence, like an old man's memory of his nursery".

This is a wonderfully practical non-sentimental/non-treacle understanding of the Blessed Virgin's role in salvation history. But this does not mean it is not devotional - it is in the right sense so much that one is almost startled by what Houselander draws from the simple fact of Mary's motherhood: "He was completely her own, utterly dependent upon her: she was His food and warmth and rest, His shelter from the world, His shade in the Sun. She was the shrine of the Sacrament, the four walls and the roof of His home".
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Caryll Houselander was a wonderful, lyrical writer on top of her beautiful philosophical and theological understanding. She is one of my favorite Catholic writers. I wish she had been with this world longer, but The Reed of God is a classic that women of many generations to come will treasure.
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Reading this book is a humbling experience that draws you closer to Mary. It gives prayerful ways to bring Christ to you and allow Him to grow quietly within you. A book to read over and over again. The author has a wonderful gift to share.
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This book, written in 1944 (I believe) is just wonderful. It, more than anything I have read, has brought me closer to Our Blessed Mother, and hence, to Christ Himself. Filled with lyrical prose and touching analogies, Houselander shows how Mary was the "Reed of God" waiting to be filled (with her maternity)...and that we are ALL vessels waiting to do God's work, and carrying Christ within us. Just remarkable. Easily one of my favorite books, not just in the area of Catholic Studies, but of all time!
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What a wonderful book! I would highly recommend it to all who are wanting a closer relationship with Jesus and His Mother,It is a very profound book written by a convert!
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Splendid! Beautiful lyrical prose! Deep theology

and wisdom. A tremendous reading and learning

experience.
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A true classic book. You can never go wrong with Caryll Houselander's
incredible, insightful and clear thinking in faith. Sometimes I just
have to sit with her idea or images to grasp her interior spiritual maturity which
is far beyond mine and takes me to new joys and hope and freedom in faith.
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This is a classic text about Mary written by the British mystic and convert to the Roman Catholic Church. To know Mary is to love her and Caryl Houselander has made a great contribution to help make this happen.
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