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Practicing Silence

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This book of poems is about the spiritual life and is organized according to a monastic logic. The compact and powerful language speaks to the lifelong Christian or to the spiritual seeker.?Practicing Silence bears every evidence of a poet who...


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This book of poems is about the spiritual life and is organized according to a monastic logic. The compact and powerful language speaks to the lifelong Christian or to the spiritual seeker.?Practicing Silence bears every evidence of a poet who has done precisely that, and bespeaks monastic experience with true authenticity. The poetry emerges from a mind given over to the One hidden in silence.? -Brother Paul Quenon ocso, poet, author of Unquiet Vigil: New & Selected Poems?Bonnie Thurston's entire Practicing Silence allows that Light abides in the core, yet there is darkness always in the edges. The recognition of such encroachment gives this pure and intense collection an added sense of urgency. These holy verses will draw us inexorably in.? -Sofia M. Starnes, Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2012-2014?With masterly craft and authentic voice, Thurston offers us poems that both challenge and comfort, that dance on the living waters of wisdom and offer a midrash of insight for our tempestuous world. Practicing Silence is a brilliant and most welcome offering!? -Dr. Michael S. Glaser, Professor Emeritus, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Poet Laureate of Maryland, 2004-2009?The old desert monks insisted that staying in one's cell would teach you everything. Bonnie Thurston shares, in finely crafted language, what she has learned in these deeply contemplative poems welling up from her own solitude. It is sheer grace to receive the fruit of her own spiritual journey.? -Lawrence S. Cunningham, The University of Notre DameFormerly a professor of New Testament, Bonnie Thurston is a poet and spiritual director who lives quietly in her home state of West Virginia. She also writes theological works and travels to give lectures and retreats.
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David Steindl-rast

David Steindl-Rastis a Benedictinenbsp;monk, annbsp;author, a psychologist, a theologian, an anthropologist, and a lecturer.nbsp;His pioneering work on behalf of interfaith dialogue won him the Martin Buber Award in 1975.nbsp;He is the author ofGratefulness,the Heart of PrayerandA Listening Heartandnbsp;the coauthor ofBelonging to the Universe, winner of the American Book Award, andThe Ground We Share. He has contributed to numerous books and periodicals, includingEncyclopedia AmericanaandNew Age Journal,and serves as founding advisor ofnbsp;www.gratefulness.org. He lives in Ithaca, New York.Sr.Joan Chittisternbsp;is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. She is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Her books includeThe Friendship of Women,The Gift of Years,In Search of Belief,In the Heart of the Temple, andWisdom Distilled from the Daily. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Bonnie Thurston

Bonnie B. Thurston, PhD, lives in West Virginia in solitude. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the author of several books, including The Spiritual Landscape of Mark and Religious Vows, the Sermon on the Mount, and Christian Living (Liturgical Press) and Preaching Mark (Fortress Press).

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