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e., creeds) serve to drive people away from religion by functioning as “a grocery list of beliefs that one has to comprehend and assent to before one dare show one’s face in church. When an idea strikes, she tells us, the poet must be ready to attend to it even when they can’t see where it’s leading, even when they don’t know what it means. The Benedictines though are not afraid to tackle the difficult bits alongside those peaceful passages we all love. In this stirring and lyrical work, the monastery, often considered archaic or otherworldly, becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to us, no matter what our faith may be. I started this book at the same time I started to read a psalm every day and the accompanying commentary on the Enduring Word commentary site.

In addition the village has a golf club, which provides a challenging 2616 yd 9 hole course, together with 14 bay covered driving range and a club house. she imagines the non-believer asking, then goes on to reply, “The question is best answered simply: ‘Yes. Part record of her time among the Benedictines, part meditation on various aspects of monastic life, The Cloister Walk demonstrates, from the rare perspPoetry lovers, English-literature students, marriage counsellors, monks, hairstylists, unemployed people, teachers, Catholics, Protestants, agnostics, Buddhists. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. Newsday, "In The Cloister Walk , persisting in [Norris's] wonderfully idiosyncratic ways, she gives us the result of an 'immersion into a liturgical world'. They both use their time to inwardly reflect on who they are at the moment, and to get to know the monks and nuns they’re living with.

Part memoir, part meditation, The Cloister Walk is the movingly written and thought-provoking record of a married, Protestant woman’s time spent in a community of men in a traditional Benedictine monastery in Minnesota. Used books have different signs of use and might not include supplemental materials such as CDs, Dvds, Access Codes, charts or any other extra material.

There’s value in both, but I thought Norris’ book likely approached what it was like to live as a member of a monastic community far more than Fermor did. This is only, of course, a brief (ok, not so brief) look at some of the content Norris covers, at least the focuses that were most powerful to me. Unlike Fermor in his short masterpiece, Norris utterly fails to convey the 'feel' of monasticism and often comes across as rather apologetic about the subject, as though she feels she needs to justify her interest in it. And in the essays of The Cloister Walk, Norris is concerned with the question of how we read and interpret the language of scripture, of liturgy, knowing that our grasp on its meaning will always be imperfect.

Part record of her time amoung the Benedictines, part meditation on various aspects of monastic life. Range of fitted bedroom furniture in light wood effect finish comprising; wardrobes and high level storage cupboards. The author is continually amazed by the perspective of time in a monastery as compared to that of the world outside. In 2000, Norris and her husband traded their farmhouse on the Great Plains for a condo in Honolulu, Hawaii, so that Norris could help care for her aging parents after her husband’s own failing health no longer permitted him to travel. The modern mind has immense difficulty reconciling the logic-defying elements of Christian belief—the virgin birth for instance—with its tendency towards linear thought.This book is a collection of sketches from inside the monastery, from monastic history, from her own small town, from her vacations, and from the cities she has lived and worked in. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. What is the role of silence in spiritual life, and why is silence so hard to come by in our culture?

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