The Cloister Walk – Kathleen Norris

21 Jan


This is a strange and beautiful book. Part memoir, part meditation, it is a remarkable piece of writing… If read with humility and attention, Kathleen Norris’s book becomes lectio divina, or holy reading.”
– The Boston Globe

“It’s like Eat, Pray, Love; only with a point.”
– David Seven

I recently got my hands on this book through bookcrossing.  Which is to say I got it a while ago, but only actually read it recently.

How to describe it?

It is a mixture of reminiscence by Norris of her times spent at Benedictine cloisters, essays on religious figures, and meditations on spirituality and monastic life.  It is laid out in a series of short essay-style chapters, with each one standing on it’s own, but also being part of the whole. 

I have always been fascinated by the contemplative and community life, particularly that of Benedictines.  I loved the book, and really enjoyed grappling with some of the chapters.  I think I am going to have to give this one a re-read or two before letting it free.

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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in books


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3 responses to “The Cloister Walk – Kathleen Norris

  1. Helen

    January 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

    This looks remarkably like the post a friend of mine wrote….

  2. Nayes

    January 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    can you set it free to me first and I’ll set it free back?

  3. davidseven

    January 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Helen – Hmmm. Sounds fishy to me.

    Nayes – I’m sure we can do that.


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