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Part memoir, part meditation, The Cloister Walk is the movingly written and thought-provoking record of a married, Protestant woman's time spent in a community of men in a traditional Benedictine monastery in Minnesota. Any reader seeking a meaningful life — not necessarily a religious one — will be inspired by author Kathleen Norris's experiences among monks who, while so little understood in our society, are admirable bearers of tradition, incorporating in their lives the values of stability, silence, and humility that we so desperately need, yet relentlessly avoid. An award-winning poet, Kathleen Norris brings her appreciation for language and metaphor to the reading of Bible, especially the psalms, and shares the way she slowly, sometimes painfully, "let words work the earth of her heart." Gradually she learns much about simplicity, patience, forgiveness, the value of community, and the responsibility of freedom. It is in the sanctuary of the cloister that she at last achieves healing — finding peace in her sometimes troubled marriage and gaining a new understanding of her challenging life in the outside world. Above all, she discovers the force of spirituality and the beneficial change it can effect — that "love can be the center of all things, if only we will keep it there."

Review:

"It is one of the graces of our time that the best of our contemporary spiritual writers are women who are also poets....Among [them] one must include, conspicuously, Kathleen Norris who can bring alive the old desert fathers and mothers, the saints of the calendar, the idiosyncracies of community life, the travails of small-town living, the joys and pains of marriage and old age." Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal

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"Norris, herself a poet, draws many parallels between the monastic and the poet, both of whom are fine-tuned to see the sacred potential in all things." Barbara J. Vaughan, Library Journal

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"A strange and beautiful book...Part memoir, part meditation, it is a remarkable piece of writing." The Boston Globe

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"The Cloister Walk is a new opportunity to discover a remarkable writer with a huge, wise heart...Norris resonates deeply for a lot of people: She's one of those writers who demands to be handed around." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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"She writes about religion with the imagination of a poet...The story of her faith is attractively incongruous, and more than a little receptive to rebellion...Some bridling is worth it to a reader when the writer is as original as Norris, a Midwestern, late-20th-century mystic." Molly McQuade, Chicago Tribune

Review:

"With her lucid, luminous prose, hard-headed logic, and far-reaching metaphors, Norris has brought us the cloister at its most alive." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"A strange and beautiful book...Part 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 heart...Norris 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

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestseller by the author of Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. After spending two extended residences at a Benedictine monastery, Kathleen Norris takes readers through one liturgical year--its rituals, its prayers, its daily activities. Through her accessible prose, a seemingly archaic world becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to people of all faiths.

About the Author

Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet and the author of Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, as well as three volumes of poetry, the most recent of them Little Girls in Church. A recipient of grants from the Bush and Guggenheim foundations, she has been in residence twice at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural research at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and has been, for ten years, an oblate of Assumption Abbey in North Dakota. She and her husband live in South Dakota.

Table of Contents

Preface

Dawn

September 3: Gregory the Great

St. John's Abbey Liturgy Schedule

The Rule and Me

September 17: Hildegard of Bingen

September 29: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels

The Difference

September 30: Jerome

October 1: Thérèse of the Child Jesus

October 2: Guardian Angels

Jeremiah as Writer: The Necessary Other

November 1 and 2: All Saints, All Souls

November 16: Gertrude the Great

Exile, Homeland, and Negative Capability

New York City: The Trappist Connection

Los Angeles: The O Antiphons

Borderline

The Christmas Music

January 2: Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus

Passage

The Paradox of the Psalms

Baptism of the Lord: A Tale of Intimacy

January 10: Gregory of Nyssa

February 2: Candlemas/Presentation of the Lord

Celibate Passion

February 10: Scholastica

Good Old Sin

Acedia

Pride

Anger

Noon

Degenerates

New Melleray Abbey Liturgy Schedule

Chicago: Religion in America

The War on Metaphor

March 18: Mechtild of Magdeburg

April 2: Mary of Egypt

Saved by a Rockette: Easters I Have Known

Triduum: The Three Days

Triduum Notes

Cinderella in Kalamazoo

The Virgin Martyrs: Between "Point Vierge" and the "Usual Spring"

Minneapolis: Cocktails with Simon Tugwell

May 15: Emily Dickinson

Maria Goretti: Cipher or Saint?

Evening

Genesis

Road Trip

Places and Displacement: Rattlesnakes in Cyberspace

Learning to Love: Benedictine Women on Celibacy and Relationship

The Cloister Walk

The Garden

The Church and the Sermon

June 9: Ephrem the Syrian

Small Town Sunday Morning

At Last, Her Laundry's Done

Dreaming of Trees

Monks and Women

July 11: Benedict's Cave

A Glorious Robe

Women and the Habit: A Not-so-glorious Dilemma

The Gregorian Brain

Oz

Generations

Monastic Park

August 28: Augustine

The Lands of Sunrise and Sunset

The Nursing Home on Sunday Afternoon

One Man's Life

"It's a Sweet Life"

Coming and Going: Monastic Rituals

"The Rest of the Community"

"The Only City in America"

Night

Acknowledgments

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bman800, July 26, 2007 (view all comments by bman800)
This is a book for those like me who have given up on church, american christianity(the business), evangelical hypocrites, and were taught that Catholics must be a crazed cult of Pope lovers, blood drinkers, and Mary prayers. For this is what evangelicals teach and preach. Ms Norris has been the only rope I have found that has held me from sliding all the way outside anything called christian. Her gentle words of hope, spiritual insight, and Laughter have soothed my sin-filled heart and mind a 1000 times. Three times I have picked this book up and held on. My secret and greatest dream is to meet her and become her friend so that I may find a way back into a church. I the most un-Catholic of people even tried to join a parrish but with a terminally ill wife who I promised would die at home. I could not go to their classes that must be taken to be a 'true' member. I wrote I called I begged but the only ear that gave listen were on the Net the Church itself ignored me completely. That was the third time I re-read 'The Clositered Walk' and Ms Norris words became my strength to keep reading the Bible and finding the biggest library in the world the Catholic Church. I owe her so much this book is a must for every struggling christian person out here which unless I miss my guest this is a population much larger than die-hard 'I believe it all no matter what'. So I say to you all just as ST Augustine heard on his fateful day...."pick it up and read". You will have a book for life and like me wish that fate, or faith, or a famous friend would introduce you to the author and by whatever miracle it would take you would become fast friends.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573225847
Author:
Norris, Kathleen
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Author:
Norris, Kathleen
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Roman Catholicism
Subject:
Inspirational - Catholic
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Benedictines
Subject:
Monasticism
Subject:
Liturgy
Subject:
Monastic and religious life
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Christian Life - Inspirational - Catholic
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Religion Western-Monastics
Subject:
General Religion
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
368
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.13x5.50x.88 in. .99 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 416 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573225847 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It is one of the graces of our time that the best of our contemporary spiritual writers are women who are also poets....Among [them] one must include, conspicuously, Kathleen Norris who can bring alive the old desert fathers and mothers, the saints of the calendar, the idiosyncracies of community life, the travails of small-town living, the joys and pains of marriage and old age."
"Review" by , "Norris, herself a poet, draws many parallels between the monastic and the poet, both of whom are fine-tuned to see the sacred potential in all things."
"Review" by , "A strange and beautiful book...Part memoir, part meditation, it is a remarkable piece of writing."
"Review" by , "The Cloister Walk is a new opportunity to discover a remarkable writer with a huge, wise heart...Norris resonates deeply for a lot of people: She's one of those writers who demands to be handed around."
"Review" by , "She writes about religion with the imagination of a poet...The story of her faith is attractively incongruous, and more than a little receptive to rebellion...Some bridling is worth it to a reader when the writer is as original as Norris, a Midwestern, late-20th-century mystic."
"Review" by , "With her lucid, luminous prose, hard-headed logic, and far-reaching metaphors, Norris has brought us the cloister at its most alive."
"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"A strange and beautiful book...Part 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 heart...Norris 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

"Synopsis" by , The New York Times bestseller by the author of Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. After spending two extended residences at a Benedictine monastery, Kathleen Norris takes readers through one liturgical year--its rituals, its prayers, its daily activities. Through her accessible prose, a seemingly archaic world becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to people of all faiths.
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