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THE CLOISTER WALK

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Ruminations on the perennial relevance of Benedictine monastic life from Norris (Dakota: A Spiritual Biography, 1993), who acts as a sympathetic and perceptive outsider. Ten years ago Norris, a Protestant who had not been to church for 20 years, became an oblate, or lay associate, of the large Benedictine community of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn. Since then she has spent two nine-month ... Read full review

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I'm not quite finished with the book, but now is the time I find I must write.
It is easy to get caught up in categories of feminism and liberalism, in what is this side of the line and what is
over the line. Yet if one does not take some chance, one has less opportunity to think and the Holy Spirit has less opportunity to hold one's own sin up against you.
Once was the time I thought I could be content with a middle middle class lifestyle and perhaps had hopes of some day rising to a lower upper middle class lifestyle. But life conspires against us and the sins of our own dispositions conspire against us and the sins of the dispositions of others conspire against us, to say nothing of the times. There is a God and a Savior who is Sovereign. He is described as Providence. And here I am. Daily I deal with my life, and I work with people of a wide variety of economic situations.
So what is it about possessions that they possess us? Is it really possible that I have accumulated too much? There is no doubt I could be content with less. Most of it just sits there occupying expensive space uncared for. A cluttered life...a cluttered spirit. I might have given more, not just stuff, not just money, but of myself.
Kathleen Norris, you make me think.
 

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User Review  - Amy Neftzger - Goodreads

This is a book that I thought I could read straight though and move on to the next novel on my TBR list, but it wasn't that simple. Norris has the poet's eye for insight and the material written here ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leanne - Goodreads

In parts, I thought this book was wonderful, with interesting tidbits about cloistered life and the rich insights it provides for the rest of us. But for some reason, it took me three tries over the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Betty - Goodreads

This is excellent. Of course, I'm sure it helps that I read it while staying at a monastery! Kathleen Norris is a poet, and her writing is lovely. Each chapter was good. A few of them blew me away and changed the way I look at things. Can't ask for better than that! Read full review

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User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

Interesting spiritual insights Read full review

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User Review  - Betsy - Goodreads

After dipping into this occasionally, I went ahead and read the latter 3/4 through on vacation. Kathleen Norris's honesty and passion bring freshness to reflections on feminism, fashion, vocation, work and play, marriage, aging, community, and other threads of the fabric of life. Read full review

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User Review  - Monica - Goodreads

This book, part reflection, part biography, makes me want to read more poetry, psalms and spiritual works. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Norris has an amazing ability to use metaphor and language to transform ivory-tower, erudite discussions into laundry line musings which are easily accessible for any fledgling theologian. As a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sophia Nuņez - Goodreads

At first I intended to read this book slowly, so as to follow Norris over the course of a church year or so. Yet suddenly I found that this book was precisely what I needed – a breath of pure calm in our crazed world – and so I finished it sooner than intended. Read full review

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