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The Cloister Walk

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After she graduated in 1969, she moved to New York City where she joined the arts scene, associated with members of the avant-garde movement including Andy Warhol, and worked for the American Academy of Poets.

Reason for not reading yet: As with any book that’s similarly concerned with spirituality, there’s a whole lot of “I’ve gotta wait until I’m in the right mood,” that goes on, thinking that you have to feel in a state of grace, or a state of neediness, to appreciate something like this.And so, living in a community as dedicated to words as monks and nuns do, do the religious communities she interacts with. Monks and nuns are often seen in such a light, as useless figures who hide from society and whose devotion leaves out one of the greatest commandments, spreading the gospel. Before we know it, her quirky, almost episodic diary-like entries have us loving these Benedictines and the Dessert Fathers from whom they descended (most certainly will be finding some books on that soon! Of course, the Christian tradition also carries a “positive” theology, rooted in the acceptance of scripture as divine revelation.

Item despatched quickly and as described, but damaged in transit due to plastic wrap packaging being inadequate protection. Part record of her time among the Benedictines, part meditation on aspects of monastic life, The Cloister Walk demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider, how immersion in the cloistered world - its liturgy, ritual and sense of community - can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives. Are there any of your own childhood experiences in established religion that have interfered with your spiritual development?From the iconic author of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith , a spiritual journey that brings joy to the meanings of love, grace and faith. Her poetic sensibilities internalise the monastery as a symbol of spirituality, with its sanctity and humour, questioning and uncertainty, rhythm and vigour. The author is continually amazed by the perspective of time in a monastery as compared to that of the world outside. One of the wonderful paradoxes in this book is that only by immersing herself in life among celibates is the author finally able to understand and find peace in her marriage. Norris shares her life with us in glancing ways***, but never makes herself the point the way that Fermor does.

It’s just a poet’s way of saying what most of us feel the need to say: that there’s more than this, that there must be more than this. Range of fitted bedroom furniture in light wood effect finish comprising; wardrobes and high level storage cupboards. In this stirring and lyrical work, the monastery becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to us, no matter what our faith may be. Muchelney Abbey was thought to have been first established under a foundation charter from King Cynewulf in 762. It made me yearn to be able to do as she does and spend long periods of time within the monastery, sharing in the daily round of work and prayer.By the time I finished the book I realized I was reading while listening to the CD of chants prepared at the monastery I most often visit. The Benedictines believe deeply in hospitality-the monastery is not considered complete without a guest or two staying with them. Her book The Cloister Walk—initially published twenty-five years ago this month—was born out of this immersion in the daily rhythms of the monastery. Black Women’s Faith, Courage, and Moral Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement Have You Got Good Religion?

Norris employs the phrase “negative capability” to describe the mindset that allows for writing poetry. I now know far too much about her father's jazz band, the death of her childhood dog, her difficulties with her sister, her bad mescalin trip, her meeting with a 'rockette' (whatever that is) and above all, her poetry writing. The most obvious comparison for this book is Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time to Keep Silence, which I read last year.No list of rules in the book can make a religion, which is a whole way of life that relies on the authority the reader is willing to grant them- that’s faith. Despite my constant waiting for the “right” moment to read this book, it found me right when I needed it.

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