Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing #ad - Meant to help readers cope with their own suffering and disappointment,  Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope is, in Chittister's words, "an anatomy of struggle and an account of the way hope grows in us, despite our moments of darkness, regardless of our regular bouts of depression. It is in the necessary struggles of life, however, that we stretch our souls and gain new insights enabling us to go on.

It is an invitation to look again at the struggles of life in order that we might remember how to recognize new life in our souls the next time our hearts turn again to clay. Neither a self-help manual nor a book offering pat answers, Transformed by Hope will richly reward those readers seeking solace in the empathic, wise, Chittister's Scarred by Struggle, but supremely practical and relevant, and accessible meditations of a fellow struggler.

Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope #ad - We struggle, endurance, limitations, powerlessness, fear, isolation, courage, surrender, vulnerability, detachment, and scarring; and while these struggles sometimes seem insurmountable, she says, faith, against change, we can emerge from them with the gifts of conversion, darkness, exhaustion, transformation, and perhaps most important hope.

Everyone goes through times of pain and sorrow, depression and darkness, stress and suffering. Building on the biblical story of jacob wrestling with god and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, the role of women in the Catholic Church, Sister Joan Chittister deftly explores the landscape of suffering and hope, and the events of September 11, grief, technology, considering along the way such wide-ranging topics as consumerism, 2001.

 . Each of these struggles and gifts is discussed in a chapter of its own.

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Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy

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Image #ad - Following the path by sister joan brings the insights of her years of teaching and contemplation to bear on this issue, providing readers with a new way forward. Joan chittister in our modern and mobile society, the range of answers to the questions “What am I supposed to do with my life?” and “How do I know when I’ve found my purpose?” can seem endless and overwhelming.

. Through her examination of spiritual calling and gifts, we know we fit, where we are the fullest of ourselves and a gift to the world, finally, change and discernment, she leads readers home to the place where, a timely and much needed message that many will be happy to hear. This book is meant to give someone in the process of making a life decision at any age—in early adulthood, when we find ourselves at the crossroads without a name—some ideas against which to pit their own minds, at the point of middle-age change and later, their own circumstances.

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Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life

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Image #ad - There is a part of the soul that stirs at night, in the dark and soundless times of day, ” writes beloved author, when our defenses are down and our daylight distractions no longer serve to protect us from ourselves, Joan Chittister. With simple and poignant meditations, one another,  Between the Dark and the Daylight reveals how we can better understand ourselves, and God.

. These are the paradoxical—and often frustrating—moments when our lives feel at odds with everything around us. Only by embracing the contradictions,  Chittister contends, may we live well amid stress, withstand emotional storms, and satisfy our yearnings for something transcendent and real. It’s then, in the still of life, when we least expect it, that questions emerge from the damp murkiness of our inner underworld…These questions do not call for the discovery of data; they call for the contemplation of possibility.

Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life #ad - In words as wise as they are inspiring, Between the Dark and the Daylight explores the concerns of modern life, of the overworked mind and hurting heart. By delving into the chaos, this book guides us through the questions that seemed easier to avoid and enlightens what has been out of focus. With her signature elegance, and spirit, wit, the bestselling author of The Gift of Years and Following the Path opens our eyes and hearts in these times of confusion.

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Faith: What It Is and What It Isn't

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ORBIS #ad - As professor tilley writes, ""this book is an exercise in learning how to see our faiths clearly so we can figure out how we can live well together in a world in which faith unites and divides us. This is a very practical and accessible introduction. Haught, georgetown University""Hands-on and accessible.

. Barnes, university of dayton""An excellent point of entry into the complex question of faith in a religiously plural world. Anne M. Lane, dublin, ireland""i recommend this readable book for all who are interested in sorting out what is genuine, Mater Dei Institute of Education, good and truthful in their own inevitable faith commitments.

Faith: What It Is and What It Isn't #ad - John F. James supple chair of Catholic Studies, Iowa State University. Clifford, Msgr. Terrence tilley brings refreshing lucidity to perhaps the most complicated issue of our day--faith. Serena jones, president, Union Theological Seminary""Destined to become standard college reading. Michael H. A worthy successor to paul Tillichs popular and well-worn text The Dynamics of Faith 1957.

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Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life

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Convergent Books #ad - Feeling burnt-out from life, who appeared on oprah's super soul sunday, offers a practical, character-building, strung-out from social media, and put out by a society that always wants more from you? Beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister, and inspirational guide to help you take control of your emotional life and redirect your spiritual destiny.

Joan chittister, whom publishers weekly calls "one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors, " is a rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice, and a passionate proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment. Drawing on little known, ancient teachings of the saints, Sister Joan offers a practical program to help transform our thinking and rebel against our fears, judgments and insecurities.

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life #ad - Freedom from anxiety, comes when we give ourselves to something greater, and tensions at home and work, worry, " she argues. This book will teach you how to accomplish this. We need to seek wisdom rather than simply facts, to think before speaking, and in turn create respectful communities. With a series of twelve simple rules for healthy spiritual living, Chittister not only reminds us, but pleads with us, to develop enduring values by shifting our attention to how God wants us to live.

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Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible

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Eerdmans #ad - In this book debbie blue looks closely at hagar mother of Islam, Esther Jewish heroine, and Mary Christian matriarch—and finds in them unexpected and inviting new ways of navigating faith and life. As she sets out to explore these biblical characters who live and move in places and ways outside of the strict boundaries of tradition,  Aztec dancers at a feast of Guadalupe, an Islamic feminist scholar, a rabbi in a Darth Vader costume, a Saudi Arabian sculptor, Blue encounters many real life characters who challenge her expectations and renew her hope—a Muslim tattoo artist, and more.

Readers who embark with blue on the sometimes unorthodox, subversive paths of these curious and lively figures will be led to envision more expansive and hopeful possibilities for faith, and love in our divided, human connection, violent world. A timely and compelling new look at three key women in the biblical narrative Among the mostly male-dominated narratives in Scripture, the stories of women can be game-changing.

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The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

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BlueBridge #ad - Not only accepting but celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating work looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises.

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Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life

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BlueBridge #ad - Two dogs and a parrot' offers both heart-warming stories and thought-provoking reflections about sharing life with an animal companion. They teach us to accept life’s struggles and to cherish its pleasures and the importance of being able to accept ourselves and respect others. Joan chittister, one of our leading inspirational writers, invites us to embrace and celebrate the deep bond between humans and animals.

Whether we have an animal companion, long to have a pet or love someone who does, or cherish animals and nature, 'Two Dogs and a Parrot' will speak to us all. And we realize their beautiful uniqueness, their sensitivities and strong sense of purpose. The relationships we form with animals—with dogs, horses, birds, cats, rabbits, and other pets—are full of joys and rewards.

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life #ad - Our companion animals draw us out of ourselves and show us what it truly means to be alive. In our treasured animals we observe varying degrees of excitement and play, of love and fear. They help us to find purpose and meaning in what we do, and to overcome challenges and setbacks. It illuminates the significance of sharing our lives with a pet and celebrates the great gift of animals in our world.

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Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer

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Twenty-Third Publications #ad - They are all ongoing steps along the way, steps we retrace over and over again as we do all the other parts of life, until they become the very breath we breathe, the vision and energy of our souls. This is great spiritual reading for every person who longs for prayer to be the the very breath of his or her soul.

. This simple little book from a great spiritual giant attends to what we human beings are most inclined to forget, preparing for and engaging in prayer. It is an examination of what we ourselves must bring to the discipline of prayer–whatever form it takes–in order to make prayer authentic and real, a deep and profound part of our lives.

Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer #ad - None of the brief reflections in this book are ever finished, ever closed, ever fully resolved.

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The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender

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Wisdom Publications #ad - Only warmth and compassion can cure hatred and heal the damage it wreaks within us. This is a book that will teach us all. Manuel brings her own experiences as a bisexual black woman into conversation with Buddhism to square our ultimately empty nature with superficial perspectives of everyday life. What does liberation mean when i have incarnated in a particular body, color, and sex?”In The Way of Tenderness, and gender, sexuality, Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel brings Buddhist philosophies of emptiness and appearance to bear on race, with a particular shape, using wisdom forged through personal experience and practice to rethink problems of identity and privilege.

Her hard-won insights reveal that dry wisdom alone is not sufficient to heal the wounds of the marginalized; an effective practice must embrace the tenderness found where conventional reality and emptiness intersect.

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Jesus, Friend of My Soul: Reflections for the Lenten Journey

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Ave Maria Press #ad - We are then offered a prayer and an intention to carry with us throughout the day. In jesus, friend of my soul—rupp’s only meditation book for Lent and Holy Week—each two-page daily reflection brings our attention to the Lenten season, providing reflections for growth and inviting us to follow Jesus and become more like him.

As christians, ” joyce rupp writes, “we look to the person of Jesus to learn from him. Because our lives are filled to the brim with activity, it is easy to drift away from trying to live as Jesus did, and we find ourselves in need of time to focus on drawing close to him again and learning from his example.

Jesus, Friend of My Soul: Reflections for the Lenten Journey #ad - Questions for individual or group study are included. Bestselling author and beloved retreat leader Joyce Rupp has offered companionship and gentle guidance throughout the seasons in such books as May I Have This Dance? and Anchors for the Soul. Each brief reflection gently leads us to new growth in our lives and invites us to reach new depths in our faith.

In jesus, friend of my soul, rupp guides us from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday illustrating both how Jesus called his followers to change and how his actions provide us a blueprint for growth. Rupp helps us learn from the qualities of jesus and the actions and teachings that marked his time on earth, actions, which made him a valuable and trustworthy person for others to listen to and followEach day’s reflection begins with a verse from scripture and a meditation centered on Jesus’ life, including:how Jesus extended mercy after Peter’s denialshow Jesus trusted in his Father, even as he experienced other emotions when troubling events occurredhow Jesus spoke and acted with integrity, and teachings that are applied to our lives.

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