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Joan Chittister is one of the most popular and influential spiritual writers today. Apart from her scores of bestselling books and articles, she has contributed essays to dozens of other books. Collected here are two dozen of her best and most representative pieces, covering three essential themes: Women in the Church, Seeds of a New Spirituality, and the Monastic Vision. Together they provide a guide to her essential, and prophetic, wisdom.

What others are saying

  • A brave act of witness by a modern Doctor of the Church, this eloquent record of a long and faithful life is needed more now than ever. –James Carroll, author, The Truth at the Heart of the Lie
  • Awakenings is a story of integration, that of a prophetic woman ever seeking liberating justice for her church and her world, animated by the empowering wisdom of the Benedictine monastic tradition. –Diarmuid O’Murchu, author
  • Like Hildegard of Bingen, Joan Chittister dissents by “daring to be herself.”—Patrick Henry, professor emeritus, Whitman College