The Cloister Walk

The Cloister Walk A New York Times Bestseller For 23 Weeks A New York Times Notable Book Of The YearA Strange And Beautiful BookPart Memoir, Part Meditation, It Is A Remarkable Piece Of Writing The Boston Globe The Cloister Walk Is A New Opportunity To Discover A Remarkable Writer With A Huge, Wise HeartNorris Resonates Deeply For A Lot Of People She S One Of Those Writers Who Demands To Be Handed Around You Want To Share This Great Discovery, Giving Her Work As A Gift3 4or You Simply Shove A Copy In The Face Of A Friend, Saying Read This Minneapolis Star Tribune This review was originally published on my blog, ShouldaCouldaWouldaBooks.In the early 1990s, Kathleen Norris spent nine months at the Benedictine monastery of St John s in Collegeville, Minnesota She signed on, several years before the book begins, to become an oblate of the order The word oblate comes from the old Latin for offering , but in reality has come to mean someone associated with the order who tries to live by their ideas as much as possible, while maintaining their secular l This review was originally published on my blog, ShouldaCouldaWouldaBooks.In the early 1990s, Kathleen Norris spent nine months at the Benedictine monastery of St John s in Collegeville, Minnesota She signed on, several years before the book begins, to become an oblate of the order The word oblate comes from the old Latin for offering , but in reality has come to mean someone associated with t
4.5 Like Amazing Grace, this is an impressively all encompassing and eloquent set of essays on how faith intersects with everyday life In particular, the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate From this experience she learned the benefits as well as the drawbacks of solitude and communal living She also considers the place that celibacy and monastic living might still have in modern life The fact that Christian monastics, men and women both, have been singin 4.5 Like Amazing Grace, this is an impressively all encompassing and eloquent set of essays on how faith intersects with everyday life In particular, the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate From this experience she learned the benefits as well as the drawbacks of solitude and communal living She also considers the place that celibacy a
Read this book many years ago but I can t recall exactly how many I m 99% sure it was in the late 90 s In any event, I was still so ignorant about my own Catholic heritage at that point I hadn t even heard of The Rule of St Benedict, which I promptly went out, bought and read from cover to cover Now I have three or four copies of it When I think of a good rule of life I think of St Benedict s Rule and I am grateful to this Protestant woman for teaching me about it The Cloister Read this book many years ago but I can t recall exactly how many I m 99% sure it was in the late 90 s In any event, I was still so ignorant about my own Catholic heritage at that point I hadn t even heard of The Rule of St Benedict, which I promptly went out, bought and read from cover to cover Now I have three or four copie
This book is not an easy read but is beautifully written It is definitely not for everyone I have been quietly reading it over the last two months It is the author s own walk through the male monastic life and in particular the Benedictines She looks at the relevance of their ordered life, their community living, their ritual devotion to prayer to society today It is of interest to me because of my own connections and impressions of the Benedictine s and their openness to the world out This book is not an easy read but is beautifully written It is definitely not for everyone I have been quietly reading it over the last two months It is the author s own walk through the male monastic life and in particular the Benedictines She looks at the rele
I was rather uneasy with this book, although I did manage to struggle through to the end.There were a few definite mentions of Orthodox Christianity when referring to ancient saints, but everything else was the black and white Protestant Catholic divide I don t know about many Protestant monastic communities, but there are several Orthodox monasteries in the United States While I stop short of insisting she be completely inclusive, I thought it odd that Orthodoxy was relegated to antiquity, I was rather uneasy with this book, although I did
This book changed my life.It s hard to explain You really have to read it Based on my experience, it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet s perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks But she s also a Protestant, with a refreshingly level headed outsider s perspective on the seemingly impenetrable world inside a monastery The monks and nuns she describes are real, honest, witty and faithful people, with great stories and a passio This book changed my life.It s hard to explain You really have to read it Based on my experience, it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet s perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks But she s also a Protestant, with a refreshingly level headed
The Cloister Walk offers food for the soul at a time when many of us are hungry Norris s book chronicles her experiences as a lay oblate at St John s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota What makes this book fresh, wonderful, surprising, and completely relevant to people of all faiths or non faith is that Norris is not as one would anticipate a Catholic, but rather a Protestant filled with spiritual doubt When I first read The Cloister Walk and Dakota also by Kath The Cloister Walk offers food for the soul at a time when many of us are hungry Norris s book chronicles her experiences as a lay oblate at St John s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota What makes this book fresh, wonderful, surprising, and completely relevant to people of all faiths or non faith is that Norris is not as one would anticipate a Catholic, but rather a Protestant filled with spiritual doubt When I first read The Cloister Walk and Dakota also by Kathleen Norris , the evocative prose reminded me of writing by other women, such as Annie Dillard, Greta Ehrlich, or Nancy Mairs, that I ve also enjoyed A critic from Commonweal, Lawrence S Cunningham, m
Recently reread after completing In This House of Brede Norris is a married Protestant poet and a Benedictine oblate As a poet and a Benedictine she is drawn to the Psalms in the Bible and their poetic imagery This book is
I love Kathleen Norris and all she synthesizes here Chipped away at this before bed for a long time Wanted to start it again when I got to the end For me, the poet as theologian sure hits the spot. Norris is introducing us, one by one, to the core religious aspects of Christianity as she comes to know and understand them We explore every key dimension of monastic life with her Why celebacy why community why Scripture reading why choir and music why poverty why we are not perfect I think, like many people, I expected this book to be a straighforward description, something like, This was my year in the monastery We ate beans and prayed, blah, blah, blah However, we as readers r Norris is introducing us, one by one, to the core reli

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