During Lent, I look forward to undertaking a simple contemplative writing retreat, in the comfort of my own home. I will be using 40 Soul-Stretching Conversations: Writing a spiritual journal with Joan Chittister.
This slim book has a brief quote on the left-hand page, and a response from Joan Chittister on the right. Under each passage there are lines for a written response, so that readers can reflect and then engage with the text. Fifteen of the quotes are from the Bible, and the others from a variety of women authors. I was wishing for a brief list of sources, and hope future volumes might include one.
The work of Joan Chittister never fails to inspire me. Activist, author, and peacemaker, she has a prophetic voice and vision, grounded solidly in her life as a Benedictine. You can purchase this book, as well as other publications by Joan Chittister, from Benetvision.
This year Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, will fall on February 18.
Disclaimer: No fee was received for this review. Review is based on my personal copy of the book.