Following a moving prologue on the nature of faith, Called to Question is broken into six parts that explore key themes -- the inward life, immersion in life, resistance, feminist spirituality, ecology, dailiness. Within each theme is a wide array of topics that embody Sr. Joan's life's work as a sociologist, theologian, Benedictine nun, rights activist, and spiritual guide to countless people throughout the world. Alive with the raw energy of a journal and polished with the skill of a master storyteller, each chapter is an engaging dialogue between Sr. Joan and many different sources of wisdom about such topics as God's existence and call, experience, struggle, justice, the role of women and men in society and church, living through doubt, and celebrating life. Called to Question is a rare and powerful invitation to look into the center of our own souls, name our questions about God and life, admit the worst, and pursue the best -- even when we are unsure where that pursuit will take us.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Joan Chittister is a Benedictine sister, best-selling author, and a well-known national and international lecturer. In 2007 she was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award from The Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Table of Contents
|Prologue: The Journey from Religion to Spirituality||1|
|Chapter 1||Religion: A Finger Pointing at the Moon||11|
|Chapter 2||Spirituality: Beyond the Boundaries of Religion||17|
|The Inward Life: A Discovery of the Obvious||25|
|Chapter 3||The God Within: Who Shall I Say Sent Me?||31|
|Chapter 4||The Presence of God: The Truth That Sets Us Free||37|
|Chapter 5||Prayer: Every Time I Do Get Time||43|
|Chapter 6||The Call of God: An Echo in the Heart||49|
|Chapter 7||Insight: The Alchemy of Experience||55|
|Chapter 8||Solitude: The Balm of the Soul||63|
|Chapter 9||The Self: The Ground of Our Becoming||71|
|Chapter 10||Commitment: The Place of Change in the Spiritual Life||77|
|Chapter 11||Balance: Going through Life Whole and Holy||83|
|Chapter 12||Darkness: A Way to the Light||89|
|Immersion in Life: The Other Side of Inwardness||97|
|Chapter 13||Relationships: To Know and Be Known||103|
|Chapter 14||Friendship: The Gift of Independence||111|
|Chapter 15||Listening: The Beginning of Wisdom||119|
|Resistance: The Gospel Imperative||125|
|Chapter 16||Justice: Passion for the Reign of God||131|
|Chapter 17||Power in the Powerless: The Courage to Refuse Evil||139|
|Feminist Spirituality: The Coming of a New World||147|
|Chapter 18||Society and Women: The Loss of Soul||155|
|Chapter 19||Men and Women: The Discovery of the Adult||161|
|Chapter 20||The Church and Women: Speaking in the Name of God||169|
|Ecology: The Other Side of the Spiritual Life||177|
|Chapter 21||Nature: The Voice of God around Us||185|
|Chapter 22||Creation: The Process That Never Ends||191|
|Dailiness: The Gifts of the Mundane||199|
|Chapter 23||Struggle: The Search for God in Darkness||207|
|Chapter 24||Joy: The God Who Loves Laughter||215|
|Chapter 25||Sanctity: The Task of Growing into God||221|
|About the Author||231|
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The book maps Chittister's 'conscious, perilous journey from religion to spirituality.'
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Chittister took to heart the advice to "know thyself," for all the years she spent in contemplation resulted in her being remarkably insightful, and - thankfully - she shares her insight. This is the third book of hers that I have read and each has been a gem. Her style is clean and easy. Yet, she often drops a bomb of logic through the use of a simple declarative sentence that will jolt you into a profound realization. You can't help but to occasionally put the book down, tilt your head back and consider her thoughts, and enjoy the gift of her giving.
A wonderful memoir of what it means to be Christian in changing times and personal struggles. A must read for all women with questions of what it means to be a woman and a Christian. A call to Christians to examine our beliefs, our place, and our calling in life. Well written, very inspirational.
Great memoir of an outspoken Nun who risked much to present her points of view, and was "call to question" by the Vatican.