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Stalking the Divine: Contemplating Faith with the Poor Clares

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In Stalking the Divine, a Cleveland woman attends Christmas Mass at an old city church seeking holiday cheer and comfort in the trappings of a faith she abandoned more than 30 years ago. Instead, she finds a tiny threadbare congregation and a nearly forgotten group of aging, cloistered, contemplative nuns with a mission to pray day and night for the sorrows of the world. Thus begins a three-year dialogue between the nuns and Kristin Ohlson, who struggles to understand how these women gave up the world — and continue to do so joyfully — for their faith. Ultimately, Ohlson finds that talking to the nuns becomes a way of opening herself up to the possibility of the sacred — which is, in its way, an answered prayer

Review:

"A longing for belief at midlife has provided endless book material for authors, but Ohlson's beautiful writing, gritty honesty and parallel story of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration set this one apart." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"Ohlson's gracefully written account of the Poor Clares is blended with the narrative of her own search for faith..." Washington Post Book World

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"A quietly moving, surprisingly humorous testament of faith." Booklist

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"Ohlson's tale is witty and wry, insightful and inspirational — even for the non-Catholic, the non-Christian or those teetering on the heretical." Rocky Mountain News

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"A captivating look at a cluster of forgotten women and ultimately a layman's examination of faith." Chicago Tribune

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"In telling the stories of the shy nuns we glean Ohlson's immense writing talent. As she explores their diverse backgrounds, callings, and challenges to meet their divine mandate, we start to share her fascination and tender affection." Ms. Magazine

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"Kristin Ohlson is a scrupulous observer and a wonderfully intent writer. She brings us right up against the mysterious silence of the Poor Clares and gets us to feel the pressure of their devotion. A fascinating book." Sven Birkerts

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"One of those beautiful rare books that churns in a reader's heart long after you put it down, Stalking the Divine elegantly and honestly articulates the ache for faith in our world, in the solitude of the modern self — faith in anything, anyone, if not God — and Kristin Ohlson's lucid prose and deft reportage have persuaded me that this quest alone is the fundamental act of grace available to humanity. Indeed, the journey defines our humanity, shapes it, expands it, haunts it." Bob Shacochis

Synopsis:

A stirring, luminous work in the tradition of The Cloister Walk.

Synopsis:

A stirring, luminous work in the tradition of The Cloister Walk.

Wandering into a forgotten downtown Cleveland church for a Christmas mass, Kristin Ohlson discovered the Poor Clares--a tiny, threadbare congregation of cloistered elderly nuns with one mission: to pray day and night (literally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) for the sorrows of the world. Ohlson--utterly enchanted by these devoted women--started to attend church for the first time in many years. So began her three-year dialogue with the Poor Clares, a dialogue that afforded Ohlson a fascinating, unprecedented glimpse into the intensely private nuns and their life in the cloister. Why, she wonders, have these women retreated from the world to joyfully devote themselves to perpetual adoration? How do they sustain their faith? And what, ultimately, is faith?

As Ohlson--a long-time skeptic--opens up to the Poor Clares, she opens herself to the possibility of the sacred. The result is an inspiring personal journey as well as a poignant reflection on the power of the church and faith, no matter what our religion may be.

About the Author

Kristin Ohlson, a freelance journalist, essayist, and fiction writer, has been published in the New York Times; Salon.com; Ms.; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; New Scientist; Food and Wine; Tin House; Poets and Writers; and many other publications. A teacher, she occasionally works with creative writing students at Cleveland State University and women prisoners at the Cuyahoga County jail. A recipient of the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Artists Fellowship in Fiction for 2003-2004, she lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401300258
Author:
Ohlson, Kristin
Publisher:
Theia
Location:
New York
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Faith
Subject:
Poor Clares
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Institutions & Organizations
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Adoration Monastery (Cleveland, Ohio)
Subject:
Poor Clares - Ohio - Cleveland -
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
156-158
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13.76 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Hyperion Books - English 9781401300258 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A longing for belief at midlife has provided endless book material for authors, but Ohlson's beautiful writing, gritty honesty and parallel story of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration set this one apart."
"Review" by , "Ohlson's gracefully written account of the Poor Clares is blended with the narrative of her own search for faith..."
"Review" by , "A quietly moving, surprisingly humorous testament of faith."
"Review" by , "Ohlson's tale is witty and wry, insightful and inspirational — even for the non-Catholic, the non-Christian or those teetering on the heretical."
"Review" by , "A captivating look at a cluster of forgotten women and ultimately a layman's examination of faith."
"Review" by , "In telling the stories of the shy nuns we glean Ohlson's immense writing talent. As she explores their diverse backgrounds, callings, and challenges to meet their divine mandate, we start to share her fascination and tender affection."
"Review" by , "Kristin Ohlson is a scrupulous observer and a wonderfully intent writer. She brings us right up against the mysterious silence of the Poor Clares and gets us to feel the pressure of their devotion. A fascinating book."
"Review" by , "One of those beautiful rare books that churns in a reader's heart long after you put it down, Stalking the Divine elegantly and honestly articulates the ache for faith in our world, in the solitude of the modern self — faith in anything, anyone, if not God — and Kristin Ohlson's lucid prose and deft reportage have persuaded me that this quest alone is the fundamental act of grace available to humanity. Indeed, the journey defines our humanity, shapes it, expands it, haunts it."
"Synopsis" by , A stirring, luminous work in the tradition of The Cloister Walk.
"Synopsis" by , A stirring, luminous work in the tradition of The Cloister Walk.

Wandering into a forgotten downtown Cleveland church for a Christmas mass, Kristin Ohlson discovered the Poor Clares--a tiny, threadbare congregation of cloistered elderly nuns with one mission: to pray day and night (literally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) for the sorrows of the world. Ohlson--utterly enchanted by these devoted women--started to attend church for the first time in many years. So began her three-year dialogue with the Poor Clares, a dialogue that afforded Ohlson a fascinating, unprecedented glimpse into the intensely private nuns and their life in the cloister. Why, she wonders, have these women retreated from the world to joyfully devote themselves to perpetual adoration? How do they sustain their faith? And what, ultimately, is faith?

As Ohlson--a long-time skeptic--opens up to the Poor Clares, she opens herself to the possibility of the sacred. The result is an inspiring personal journey as well as a poignant reflection on the power of the church and faith, no matter what our religion may be.
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