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Overview Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Sister Joan explores the landscape of suffering and hope. Meant to help readers cope with their own suffering and disappointment, this book is, in Chittister's words, "an anatomy of struggle and an account of the way hope grows in us, despite our moments of darkness, regardless of our regular bouts of depression. It is an invitation to look again at the struggles of life in order that we might remember how to recognize new life in our souls the next time our hearts turn again to clay.
Publishers Description Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Sister Joan explores the landscape of suffering and hope. Meant to help readers cope with their own suffering and disappointment, this book is, in Chittister's words, "an anatomy of struggle and an account of the way hope grows in us, despite our moments of darkness, regardless of our regular bouts of depression. It is an invitation to look again at the struggles of life in order that we might remember how to recognize new life in our souls the next time our hearts turn again to clay." 5 compact discs/5.5 hours (approx.)
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Running Time: 330.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.68" Width: 5.38" Height: 1.11" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN 0867167505 ISBN13 9780867167504
Availability 0 units.
More About Joan Chittister
Sister Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B. (born 1936) is a Benedictine nun, author and speaker.
A member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, where she served as prioress for 12 years, Sister Joan is an author and lecturer.
She is the author of Psalm Journal, Winds of Change, and WomanStrength: Modern Church, Modern Women.
She also writes a web column for the National Catholic Reporter, "From Where I Stand". Chittister holds a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in speech communication theory from Penn State University. She writes and speaks on women in the church and society, human rights, and peace and justice in the areas of war and poverty and religious life and spirituality. She is co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a UN-sponsored organization creating a worldwide network of women peacemakers. She is the founder of "Benetvision". Her public presentations are announced on the Benetvision website.
Joan Chittister currently resides in Erie, in the state of Pennsylvania.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope?
Book not received Mar 6, 2008
This book was paid for and never received. Please refund my money.
Long on platitudes; short on reason Feb 29, 2008
Recommended to me by a former nun I much admire, I am sorry to write that I found Sr. Chittister's book tedious: very often she followed one phrase with another that repeated the same idea. Usually she did it in threes. "We find ourselves on a wet, grey slope of sliding clay, being towed under, being swallowed up and taken down, no towline to save us."
Perhaps if I were in crisis I might find her poetic phrasing a comforting and understanding expression, but I was interested in a theodicy that was rarely presented. I did appreciate her reminding the reader that nothing is permanent on earth, and if we have survived struggle in the past, we might have faith that we can survive it again.
I am very glad I borrowed this book from a library and did not buy it.
Scarred By Struggle, Transformed By Hope Feb 8, 2008
This is an excellent book for people wondering about the one thing we all face, which is struggle, and how it can be transformed by hope and made into faith. As a former seminary student, I have a vast library and only a few books which are key books that I plan to keep for a long time. This one just made the list.
A Grace filled text Mar 21, 2007
If you are looking for a book to help you understand the bumps and roads along the journey of life, this is the one to read. By God's Grace, the Holy Spirit has instilled wonderful insight and wisdom into each chapter. Joan has written a book that will transform your heart.
If you are struggling with life, you need to read this book. Mar 8, 2007
I would highly recommend this book to anyone going through a struggle in their lives. My wife died 5 months ago and this book has been very helpful in giving me hope that I will eventually get through the grief. I keep reading it over and over and every time find something new that touches my life and the struggle that I am going through with my loss.