This newest treasury of Joan’s wisdom explores how God calls each of us to become fully alive. Here she reflects on the myth of perfection, our need for failure, the power of true humility, reverence for the created world, and the search for God. “When God is the ‘monos,’ the only goal of our lives,” she says, “we are living a ‘monastic’ life, whatever the shape—married, single, or religious—the monastery of my own particular soul-life may be.” This is Joan Chittister at her finest—brilliant, brave, and deeply mindful of the infinite possibilities that exist in each of us.
Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our times. For 40 years she has put her energy into advocating for the critical questions impacting the global community. A best-selling author of more than 50 books, columnist and noted international lecturer, she has received numerous honors for her work on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues and church renewal.