“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.