Scarred By Struggle, Transformed By Hope
Everyone goes through times of pain and sorrow, depression and darkness, stress and suffering. It is in the necessary struggles of life, however, that we stretch our souls and gain new insights enabling us to go on.Building on the biblical...
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Everyone goes through times of pain and sorrow, depression and darkness, stress and suffering. It is in the necessary struggles of life, however, that we stretch our souls and gain new insights enabling us to go on.Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Sister Joan Chittister deftly explores the landscape of suffering and hope, considering along the way such wide-ranging topics as consumerism, technology, grief, the role of women in the Catholic Church, and the events of September 11, 2001. We struggle, she says, against change, isolation, darkness, fear, powerlessness, vulnerability, exhaustion, and scarring; and while these struggles sometimes seem insurmountable, we can emerge from them with the gifts of conversion, detachment, faith, courage, surrender, limitations, endurance, transformation, and (perhaps most important) hope. Each of these struggles and gifts is discussed in a chapter of its own.Meant to help readers cope with their own suffering and disappointment, "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope" is, in Chittisterbs words, ban anatomy of struggle and an account of the way hope grows in us, despite our moments of darkness, regardless of our regular bouts of depression. It is an invitation to look again at the struggles of life in order that we might remember how to recognize new life in our souls the next time our hearts turn again to clay.bNeither a self-help manual nor a book offering pat answers, but supremely practical and relevant, Chittisterbs "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope" will richly reward those readers seeking solace in the empathic, wise, andaccessible meditations of a fellow struggler.
Joan Chittister is executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is the author of over thirty books on Spirituality, many of which have been awarded or highly honoured such as The Way We Were, Called to Question, In the Heart of the Temple, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope and her most recent title Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You.
- Preface: Struggle, The Seedbed Of Hope Acknowledgments A Paradigm Of Struggle The Loss Of Certainty: A Suffering Of The Soul Struggle: The Process And The Challenge The Struggle Of Change The Gift Of Conversion The Struggle Of Isolation The Gift Of Independence The Struggle Of Darkness The Gift Of Faith The Struggle With Fear The Gift Of Courage The Struggle With Powerlessness The Gift Of Surrender The Struggle Of Vulnerability The Gift Of Limitations The Struggle Of Exhaustion The Gift Of Endurance The Struggle Of Scarring The Gift Of Transformation Wrestling With God The Process Of Struggle The Process Of Hope The Gift Of Hope Hope: The Resurrection Of The Spirit