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The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life [Paperback]

By Paula Huston (Author)
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Drawing on the powerful histories of the saints and personal experience, author Paula Huston, a professor, wife, and mother, offers practical guidance to pursuing and achieving spiritual simplicity in a chaotic world. In The Holy Way, Huston examines a variety of spiritual practices in the Christian tradition that lead to a simpler life. Each chapter introduces a different spiritual practice, including solitude, purity, and generosity, and explores it through historical perspectives and Huston's compelling personal reflections. From Saint Anthony's chosen life of solitude to Saint Catherine of Siena's strength of conviction, Huston tells stories of courageous faith that exemplify the blessed and transformative power of being alone with God. Although based on Christian philosophies, Huston's strategies are applicable to people of all faiths.

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"Using the Christian tradition of solitude, silence and contemplation as her foundation, Huston offers one of the best books available on living the simple life."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review "This book will give solace and guidance to those who, like Paula Huston, have felt the interior call to simplicity, the intense gravitational pull of the God within."
--Bruno Barnhart, Camaldolese monk and author, "Second Simplicity" An Invitation to a Simple, More Peaceful LifeIs leading a simple life possible in a world of chaos and complexity? Driven by this searching question, Paula Huston, a busy forty-something college professor, wife, and mother, embarked on a spiritual journey to find a peaceful, less cluttered kind of life."The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life "is the fruit of Huston's arduous search. Two discoveries sustained her: that she herself could experience simple living just as a nearby community of Catholic monks did and, more important, that she could find the keys to such a life in the lives and writings of the great monastic saints. Drawing on these discoveries, Huston examines a variety of measures that point the way toward the practical, day-to-day simplicity of a life that so many desire.

Awards and Recognitions
The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life by Paula Huston has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Award - 2003 Third Place - Religion category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life by Paula Huston has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/15/2003 page 60
  • Booklist - 10/01/2003 page 285

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Loyola Press
Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.51" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   Loyola Press
Edition  First Edition,  
ISBN  082941441X  
ISBN13  9780829414417  

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More About Paula Huston

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Paula Huston, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, has published fiction and essays for more than twenty years. She was co-editor and essayist for Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments. Her life in a rural setting and travels in the Third World provide the background for her book The Holy Way. She is also the author of By Way of Grace: Moving from Faithfulness to Holiness. Visit her Web site at

Paula Huston currently resides in Arroyo Grande Arroya Grande, in the state of California.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life?

Honest search for peace and simplicity  Feb 15, 2008
Paula Huston's book is not so much a "how to" book as it is a narrative of her search for a more simple life. A very easy to read book. She shares her successes and failures with her readers.
Best for the Spiritual Path  Aug 14, 2007
I have way too many books on spirituality and the spiritual path in my library, all bought believing that it, as the next book, would finally have some answers. This one finally did. Paula Huston's book seemed to be written for me (a feeling evoked from all great books) to help and guide me through the spiritual path. I felt as if I was on the journey with her. Many authors write about the concept of the spiritual path; but few try to give a map and some lessons along the way. Paula does.
her story, my story  May 16, 2007
SPiritual autobiographies can be a great way to focus in on what is happening in one's own life. Paula Huston's book gives inspiration to others seeking to deepen their own spiritual journey. I give this book to people who are just beginning a deliberate spiritual journey.
The personal impact of The Holy Way  Sep 27, 2005
Paula Huston's The Holy Way has made a significant impact on my personal and spiritual life. In many ways our lives are parallel, and her spiritual longing for divine transcendence is mine as well. Her book met me on many levels, and has resulted in several changes in outlook and lifestyle for me. Her stories are very human, yet show how a mind open to God and re-creation can result in healing and wholeness. Thank you, Paula Huston.
A Remarkable Book by a Remarkable Woman  Aug 10, 2005
This book practically fell off the shelf at the bookstore, like I was supposed to read it. This is a remarkable book by a remarkable woman. Like Paula, I am on the monastic-contemplative-mystical path. Unlike her, I have remained in the Lutheran tradtion, but like her, have learned a great deal about this path from the Roman Catholic monastic tradition. I've read a number of books by celibate monks, and many books on specific components of this path, such as fasting, celibacy, silence, meditation, etc. What makes Paula's book so helpful for me is that she is married, with kids and a career, like myself. Secondly, she presents a road map for this journey via the ten chapters, each one looking at a component of the path. I appreciated the few pages at the end entitled "How to Begin a Better Life". She is an excellent writer. She has done her homework about the monastic traditon and the saints she writes about in each chapter. Most importantly, she shares her own journey in an honest and vulnerable way. Clearly Paula heard a "call" to live a simpler life; and her book in an autobiographical way shows how she, God, and others are making that happen. This book, and my on-going desire to be a married contemplative/an urban monk, will be the topic of conversation next time I meet with my spiritual director.

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