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Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics


Illuminating the Way, Christine Valters Paintner will take you on a journey through your inner life accompanied by twelve great monks and mystics from the Christian tradition. Each figure will invite you to discover the energy and potential of a particular archetype–the inner sage in Benedict, the inner visionary in Hildegard of Bingen, and the inner orphan in Dorothy Day. From the prophet Miriam of the Hebrew scriptures to twentieth-century monk Thomas Merton, Paintner offers an array of challenging and enlivening models to explore.

Paintner is beloved by readers for her creative practices, guided meditations, and beautiful prayers and poems and she has included all of these elements in this book to further explore the image associated with each mystic. Her insightful reflections on key selections of each mystic’s writings will help you gain greater self-knowledge and experience a deeper encounter with God.

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