Parry’s November Recommendation

cloisterwalkThe Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris

From Parry:  “I just started reading Kathleen Norris’s latest book, and am reminded of why she is one of my favorite writers, poets and thinkers. The Cloister Walk is among my favorites of her books.  While Norris writes largely of spiritual matters, you do not have to consider yourself a person of religious faith to gain from her wisdom and generous spirit, which show plainly in her works.”

Review from Library Journal: “The monastery has been a haven where I could come, and stay a while, and work things out,” poet Norris writes in her latest work of nonfiction since she explored the landscape of her imagination in Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (LJ 12/92). Norris spent two nine-month terms as an oblate, or associate, at a Benedictine monastery in Minnesota; though raised Protestant, she came to understand that “for years literature had seemed an adequate substitute for religion in my life.” Racked by marital strife and weary of the “literary hothouse” of the big city when she arrives, Norris finds the liturgical rhythms of the community of monks restorative and delights in the lectio continua, or continual reading through of the books of the Bible, especially the “ancient poetry” of the Psalms. Her narrative is structured as a diary, punctuated by thoughtful meditations about virgin saints or Emily Dickinson and startling examples of spirituality in the “real world.” Whether she is sharing the brothers’, and sisters’, views on the challenge and freedom of celibacy, or the private letter of her “borderline” sister, Norris marvelously and with dignity conveys “the great human task to learn to live, and love, and die.” A courageous, heartening work.”

You can find this book in the libary at Call # 255 Norris.  Find this title in the library catalog.

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One thought on “Parry’s November Recommendation

  1. Kathleen Norris is a wonderfully insightful author who writes so lyrically and explicitly that you understand the world she inhabits. Whoever thought, that a contemplative abbey would sound so very appealing! I also liked her book Amazing Grace because it defined and clarified religious terms and language that are so often misunderstood.

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