The Cloister Walk

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G.K. Hall, 1996 - Religion - 532 pages
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Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism, to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer, work, and scripture? This is the question that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as, somewhat to her own surprise, she found herself on two extended residencies at St. John's Abbey in Minnesota. Part record of her time among the Benedictines, part meditation on various aspects of monastic life, The Cloister Walk demonstrates, from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider, how immersion in the cloistered world -- its liturgy, its ritual, its sense of community -- can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives. In this stirring and lyrical work, the monastery, often considered archaic or otherworldly, becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to us, no matter what our faith may be.

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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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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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About the author (1996)

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning author of "Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith"; "The Cloister Walk"; & the forthcoming "The Virgin of Bennington". She lives in South Dakota & Hawaii.

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