Item description for There Is a Season by Joan Chittister & John August Swanson...
Overview Based on the verse from Ecclesiastes 3, this glossy book gives a chapter to each verse.
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.94" Width: 8.86" Height: 0.36" Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Orbis Books
ISBN 1570756600 ISBN13 9781570756603
Availability 0 units.
More About Joan Chittister & John August Swanson
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.
Joan Chittister has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about There Is a Season?
THIS HUGE BOOK FROM THIS HUGE MIND AND HEART WELL DESERVES ITS MANY AND ONLY FIVE STAR REVIEWS Oct 24, 2007
I highly recommend this wonderful jewel as Christmas gift for those you most love, for those passing through trial and bafflement, and sadness, for those filled with great joy.
I had not noticed the large and generous size of this book, so favorably available herer on the this site, before ordering it, and wondered at the large package in my mailbox. It was Sister Joan, speaking large, praying with me with an embrace as wide as all outdoors.
Perhaps we have heard the old song sung by the great American folksinger Pete Seeger, and by others including the Byrds. This book nevertheless brings our understanding, appreciation and entry into this Scriptural verse to a new level. Truly this book serves as lectio divina as Benedictine Sister Joan, winner of the 1992 US Catholic Award for her holy and wonderful work of ministry, meditates carefully on each phrase of this famous Holy Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Each brief phrase of a few words length Talmudically receives pages of commentary of great wisdom and holiness and strength, like a guided meditation.
In fact, this great book can edifyingly find use as a prayer meeting, sitting quietly in chapel, hearing its consoling words. BUt be aware in this context that you might only read a fifth of each chapter at a sitting. Each phrase truly receives many pages of text in this coffee table book sized volume, and each chapter is thick with wisdom and truth, and much to meditate. The chapter on war in particular, published in 1995 someight years before our current situation, breathes a prophetic prescience which speaks deeply to or hearts today. The chapter on restraining from embracing supports not only the mystery of celibacy but also examines the unrestrained consumerism His Holiness now condemns. Each chapter has so much to say; the more slowly you read it the more you receive.
A great gift for the RCIA candidate; a great introduction to the prolific and profound spiritual writings of Sister Joan, a great way to return to the careful contemplation of Holy Scripture in lectio divina.
As if this were not enough we have here the wonderful painting of John August Swanson, with whom Sister Joan also collaborated in The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Woman's Life. HIs beautifully detailed painting resembles the ancient medieval illuminations in the Books of Hours, as well as the beautiful Mexican folk art retablos. In a powerful way these iconic images bring home to our hearts the meaning of these verses.
A great gift for yourself. A great gift for everyone on your list, so favorably and readily available here upon the this site.
There Is A Season Aug 13, 2007
This is a life changing book. Joan Chittister is a little extreme in her feminist position for me but everything else in her book truly touched my soul and made me rethink some long-held opinions.
Enriched my life Jul 2, 2006
The book I read was given to me by a dear friend. I have read it many times over. It is deep, thoughtful and meaningful - yet uplifting. It truly enriches my life each time I read it.
Unfortunately, the book I ordered over a month ago, has never arrived. I wanted to give it as a gift to someone for the same reasons I just stated. I cannot even get a reasonable ship date from this site so I don't even know if it will EVER arrive. I am a very, very unhappy customer of this site at this time, but that does not reflect on this wonderful book. Maybe you should order it elsewhere.
Breath taking Sep 10, 2005
Warning: the art in this book will inspire you! If you have never seen the art of John August Swanson, this is a grand introduction. I also recommend "The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Woman's Life," another collaboration between Chittister and Swanson.
A beautiful book that helps understand contemporary problems May 24, 1999
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that makes us see the world in a new light. The author explains issues such as intolerance, war and lonelines as immature reactions that can be understood and overcome by spiritual growth and reverence to the soul and to the natural world.
The book consists of 20 short essays, each pondering one of the seasons in the Book of Ecclesiastes, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to love and a time to hate,a time to plant and a time to sow, etc. and guiding us to meditate and to see life in a fuller and more gentle context.
This is a beatifully illustrated book that can be used as a special gift. I have read and re-read it, which I seldom do, because it always helps me focus on the real virtues of life. I have given it to my ( young adult) children who are now entering the time in their lives where living meaningfully will impact all that they do.
The simplicity of the style and the poetry of the images makes this a delightful book to be turn to time and again. Few authors can say so much in such few words.