IL­LU­MI­NAT­ING THE WAY

Em­brac­ing the Wis­dom of Monks and Mys­tics

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Chris­tine Val­ters Paint­ner, Sorin Books Soft­cover $17.95 (225pp), 978-1-933495-93-4

Chris­tine Val­ters Paint­ner, Abbess of the “vir­tual monastery” Abbe­y­oft­hearts.com, and au­thor of eight books, ex­plores the Chris­tian spiritual path through the sto­ries of twelve monks and mys­tics, an­cient and mod­ern. Each story il­lus­trates the en­er­gies of a par­tic­u­lar archetype and in­vites us to con­sider how the bib­li­cal in­junc­tion to wel­come the stranger could equally be ap­plied to wel­com­ing the parts of our­selves that we try so hard to hide and re­press.

In­cluded are vi­gnettes of Fran­cis of As­sisi, the “Fool” who in­vites us into “an up­side-down world gov­erned by love”; King David, who calls us to claim our in­ner “Sov­er­eign” and rule as our true self; Bene­dict of Nur­sia, the “Sage” whose wis­dom re­veals each mo­ment as shim­mer­ing with sa­cred light; Mary, the “Mother” whose love car­ries us through birth and death; Dorothy Day, whose work on be­half of the out­cast and poor calls us to wel­come and com­fort our in­ner “Orphan”; Rainer Maria Rilke, the poet who in­spires our in­ner “Artist” to cre­ate beauty from all that we are given; Thomas Mer­ton, whose seek­ing of God in si­lence and soli­tude helps us awaken our own in­ner “Monk”; and more.

Paint­ner’s book is rich with col­or­ful paint­ings, cre­ative ex­er­cises, com­men­taries, scrip­tural med­i­ta­tions, man­dala col­or­ing pages, a CD of spe­cial mu­sic, and a prayer­ful-move­ment DVD to in­spire ex­plo­ration of the mul­ti­ple ways in which the sa­cred can speak to us through the arts.

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