The Cloister Walk   -     By: Kathleen Norris
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Riverhead / 1997 / Paperback

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Why would a married woman with a thouroughly Protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism, where days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer, work, and scripture? This is the question that Kathleen Norris asks herself as she found herself surprisingly on two extended residencies at a Benedictine monastery. Yet upon leaving the monastery, she felt transformed, as the daily events of her life on the Great plains - from her morning walk to her going to sleep - gradually took on new meaning. Once in the monastery, Norris found that time slowed down, offering a new perspective on community, family, and even small-town life.
Writing with lyrical grace, Kathleen Norris takes us through a liturgical year, as she experienced it both within the monastery and outside it. She offers her rare perspective on being both an insider and an outsider, how immersion in the cloister world - its liturgy, rituals, and sense of community - can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our spiritual and secular lives.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Riverhead
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 5 1/2 X 8 1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 1573225843
ISBN-13: 9781573225847
UPC: 710261015001

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Publisher's Description

A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"A strange and beautiful book...Part memoir, part meditation, it is a remarkable piece of writing." -The Boston Globe

"The Cloister Walk is a new opportunity to discover a remarkable writer with a huge, wise heart...Norris resonates deeply for a lot of people: She's one of those writers who demands to be handed around. You want to share this great discovery, giving her work as a gift3/4or you simply shove a copy in the face of a friend, saying 'Read this.'" -Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Author Bio

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning, bestselling author of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith; The Cloister Walk; and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. She divides her time between South Dakota and Hawaii.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 5, 2002
    I love this book! Kathleen Norris' style is very readable and engaging. I enjoy her unique perspectives on the Christian faith, monastic life and many more subjects. I highly recommend this book, especially if you're interested in learning more about the contemplative life.
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