The renowned author of eight books and abbess of the online retreat center Abbey of the Arts, Christine Valters Paintner takes readers on a new kind of pilgrimage: an inner journey to discover the heart of God. Eight stages of the pilgrims wayfrom hearing the call to coming homeare accompanied by scripture stories of great biblical journeys and the authors unique and creative practices of prayer, writing, and photography. As she did in The Artists Rule and Eyes of the Heart, Paintner once again helps readers travel to the frontiers of their souls to discover the hidden presence of God. In The Soul of a Pilgrim, Paintner identifies eight stages of the pilgrims way and shows how to follow these steps to make an intentional, transformative journey to the readers inner wild edges. Each phase of the exploration requires a distinct practice such as packing lightly, being uncomfortable, or embracing the unknown. Paintner shows how to cultivate attentiveness to the divine through deep listening, patience, and opening oneself to the gifts that arise in the midst of discomfort. Each of the eight chapters offers reflections on the themes, a scripture story, an invitation to the practice of lectio divina, and a creative exploration through photography and writing.
Christine Valters Paintner is the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts (abbeyofthearts.com), a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression. She holds a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and earned her professional status as a registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Paintner is the author of The Eyes of the Heart; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; and The Artists Rule and is a columnist for the progressive Christian portal at Patheos. She leads pilgrimages in Ireland, Austria, and Germany, and online retreats at her website, living out her commitment as a Benedictine Oblate in Galway, Ireland, with her husband John.
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