Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir

Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir

by Sister Joan Chittister

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Overview

Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir is Sr. Joan Chittister's most personal and intense writing to date. Centered around a series of conversations with spiritual writers featured in her private journal, Sr. Joan looks at the common questions or dimensions of life as we know them in our daily lives -- not answers as we've been given them -- in an attempt to unravel their many meanings, to give them flesh, to honor their spiritual import now and here, in our time and in our own lives. By sharing the questions, doubts, and convictions of her own heart, Chittister explores the heart of faith itself and nurtures a spirituality that pushes readers beyond superficial questioning and unexamined faith.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580512190
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/16/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 207,121
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

Acknowledgmentsix
Prologue: The Journey from Religion to Spirituality1
Chapter 1Religion: A Finger Pointing at the Moon11
Chapter 2Spirituality: Beyond the Boundaries of Religion17
The Inward Life: A Discovery of the Obvious25
Chapter 3The God Within: Who Shall I Say Sent Me?31
Chapter 4The Presence of God: The Truth That Sets Us Free37
Chapter 5Prayer: Every Time I Do Get Time43
Chapter 6The Call of God: An Echo in the Heart49
Chapter 7Insight: The Alchemy of Experience55
Chapter 8Solitude: The Balm of the Soul63
Chapter 9The Self: The Ground of Our Becoming71
Chapter 10Commitment: The Place of Change in the Spiritual Life77
Chapter 11Balance: Going through Life Whole and Holy83
Chapter 12Darkness: A Way to the Light89
Immersion in Life: The Other Side of Inwardness97
Chapter 13Relationships: To Know and Be Known103
Chapter 14Friendship: The Gift of Independence111
Chapter 15Listening: The Beginning of Wisdom119
Resistance: The Gospel Imperative125
Chapter 16Justice: Passion for the Reign of God131
Chapter 17Power in the Powerless: The Courage to Refuse Evil139
Feminist Spirituality: The Coming of a New World147
Chapter 18Society and Women: The Loss of Soul155
Chapter 19Men and Women: The Discovery of the Adult161
Chapter 20The Church and Women: Speaking in the Name of God169
Ecology: The Other Side of the Spiritual Life177
Chapter 21Nature: The Voice of God around Us185
Chapter 22Creation: The Process That Never Ends191
Dailiness: The Gifts of the Mundane199
Chapter 23Struggle: The Search for God in Darkness207
Chapter 24Joy: The God Who Loves Laughter215
Chapter 25Sanctity: The Task of Growing into God221
Epilogue227
Notes229
About the Author231

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The book maps Chittister's 'conscious, perilous journey from religion to spirituality.'

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Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
blue_rylie More than 1 year ago
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.
davep More than 1 year ago
Great memoir of an outspoken Nun who risked much to present her points of view, and was "call to question" by the Vatican.