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The Wisdom of the Cloister: 365 Daily Readings from the Greatest Monastic Writings [Paperback]

By John Skinner (Editor)
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Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.59" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   0.91 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 19, 1999
Publisher   Image
ISBN  0385492626  
EAN  9780385492621  

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A collection of monastic readings are drawn from a full range of writings from the early and contemporary monastics of various orders and from differing denominations, and includes background information on each author. Original.

Publishers Description
The 365 daily readings from "Wisdom of the Cloister "offer the serenity of monastic life to a wide audience. Especially intended to serve the general reader, this collection surveys the whole of Christian monasticism. Included here are a full range of writings, from the earliest desert mothers and fathers to contemporary monastics.
John Skinner, author and translator of many texts of spirituality, invites the reader to peruse these varied writings using the immediately accessible style of reading known as "lectio divina." This custom, traditionally favored by monks, works on the idea that inspired texts should be approached as a means for hearing God speaking through and within the text. By way of this prayerful, openhearted method, readers may glean personal insights that are uniquely relevant and meaningful to their lives.
"Wisdom of the Cloister" is both a resource for daily inspiration and an overview of the world of monasticism.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Skinner studied to become a Jesuit priest before pursuing a writing career. A former journalist with The Times (London), he has written book on the English mystics and has translated spiritual classics from across the centuries. His works include The Confession of Saint Patrick and Julian of Norwich's Revelation of Love. He lives with his wife, Judith, in Devon, England.

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A chance to find your own retreat  Oct 16, 2006
This book has been a source of peace for some difficult times for me. Starting or ending the day with the reading for the day, allows a reflection on a different kind of life. If you start reading the book daily 30 weeks before Easter (usually September) , the book more or less follows the Christian holiday year. The selections for the first 11 months are ordered by century, starting with Ignatius of Antioch ; through Saint Ambrose and Augustine, Martin Luther, , John of the Cross, up to Thomas Merton and the Carthusians. A short biographical paragraph is included about each selected author. In the final four weeks are included readings from different times, to allow some link between the ages: for example from Augustine to Julian of Norwich. Starting or ending the day in this Cloister is a nice journey to an inner sanctuary from the world. As Saint Clements of Alexander writes "God never fails to hear this inner conversation".
Wisdom for the Family Cloister  Jul 31, 2000
Skinner presents readers a gift of wisdom, gathered from centuries of monastic writings, and offered in a year of readings. Though the 365 daily readings format seemed forced, breaking up the writings, and not that well connected to the different seasons of the year, Skinners' editorial work is still commendable in that he welcomes us into the cloister wisdom of the monastery. For another such "wisdom of the cloister" book, this time written specifically for parents, check out David Robinson's THE FAMILY CLOISTER: BENEDICTINE WISDOM FOR THE HOME (New York, NY: Crossroad, 2000; 192 pp., trade paperback). Peace to your home!

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