Sister Laura’s Scriptorium – August 2016

BOOKS THAT MERIT ATTENTION

page-9-cover-gardenSeasons in My Garden: Meditations from a Hermitage, by Elizabeth Wagner, Ave Maria Press, 2016. Especially gardeners (of every variety) will appreciate journeying with Sister Elizabeth through the seasons as her garden invited her into a deeper awareness of God’s gift of faith, hope and mercy. This is a gentle read.

cover-cloudThe Complete Cloud of Unknowing, with The Letter of Privy Counsel, translated by Fr. John Julian, Paraclete Press, 2015. Centering prayer, along with other traditions of contemplative prayer, have their foundations in The Cloud of Unknowing, a medieval text whose author is unknown. What I like about this translation, besides the easy American English, is that the translator provided helpful commentary on the left side of the page. We learn more about the comtemplative prayer tradition while also being invited in to a lectio process.

cover-worryWhy Worry? A Catholic’s Guide to Learning to let go, by Jeff Dunn, Twenty-Third Publications, 2016. Saints, Scripture, and pastoral common sense – a book more of the heart than the head. This is a wonderful resource for all the “worry warts” among us.

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Called to Community. The Life Jesus Wants for His People, edited by Charles Moore, Plough Publishing, 2016. Looking for a good resource for your parish or social justice group? Your book discussion group? This is an excellent resource. We live in a world of increasing polarity and even isolation. The poignant writings here (by many of your favorite authors) give rich food for thought.

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Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics, by Christine Valters Paintner, Ave Maria Press, 2016. This is a lovely source (including beautiful artwork) for your prayerful reading time. Not merely telling something of their stories but reflects on their wisdom for us through thoughtful explorations of archetypes, icon symbolism, scripture reflections, poetic meditations, and poetry.

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Words of Faith: a Coloring Book to Bless and De-Stress, 2015. Coloring books are all the rage right now and Paraclete Press offers us one based on the wonderful illuminated letters of medieval books. Each is connected to a spiritual value and sacred text. Enjoy!