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

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

by Joan Chittister


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“There is a part of the soul that stirs at night, in the dark and soundless times of day, when our defenses are down and our daylight distractions no longer serve to protect us from ourselves,” writes beloved author, Joan Chittister. “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.” 
   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. 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. 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, wit, and spirit, the bestselling author of The Gift of Years and Following the Path opens our eyes and hearts in these times of confusion. With simple and poignant meditations, Between the Dark and the Daylight reveals how we can better understand ourselves, one another, and God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804140942
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 179,975
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JOAN CHITTISTER is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Her books include The Gift of Years, The Breath of the Soul, Called to Question, and Following the Path. She is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Thinking the Unthinkable 11

1 The Light Found in Darkness 17

2 The Delusion of Frustration 22

3 The Place of Tsunamis in the Ocean of Life 27

4 The Mirage of Security 32

5 The Insecurity of Certainty 36

6 The Fragility of Achievement 41

7 The Emptiness of Accumulation 46

8 The Poverty of Plenty 50

9 The Role of Failure In Success 55

10 The Success of Failure 61

11 The Energy That Comes From Exhaustion 66

12 The Productivity of Rest And Recreation 71

13 The Temptation of Sinlessness 75

14 The Struggle Between Guilt And Growth 79

15 The Creativity of Confusion 83

16 The Sanity of Irrationality 87

17 The Loss of the Masculine Emasculates the Feminine 91

18 The Need For the Feminine In Masculinity 96

19 The Liberation In Loss 101

20 Loneliness: An Invitation To Discover New Resources 106

21 The Seeds of Love in Friendlessness 111

22 The Loneliness of Love 115

23 The Fullness of Separateness 120

24 The Call to Solitude in Crowds 125

25 The Emptiness of Crowds 129

26 The Noise Within the Silent Self 134

27 The Challenge of Hopelessness 139

28 The Courage of Cowardice 144

29 The Certitude of Doubt 150

30 The Benevolence of the Unknown 155

31 The Invitation of Finality 160

32 The Pain of the Search For Spiritual Painlessness 165

Acknowledgments 171

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An uplifting collection of wisdom for everyday life. I bookmarked almost every page.