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Enduring Grace

Living Portraits of 7 Women Mystics

Author(s): Carol Lee Flinders

ISBN13: 9780060626457


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  • This is an astonishingly relevant portraits of the lives of seven women mystics. Known to more than a million readers as the coauthor of the classic vegetarian cookbook Laurels Kitchen, Carol Lee Flinders looks to the hunger of the spirit in Enduring Grace. In these striking and sustaining depictions of seven remarkable women, Flinders brings to life a chorus of wisdom from the past that speaks with remarkable relevance to our contemporary spiritual quests.

    From Clare of Assisi in the Middle East to Thérèse of Lisieux in the late nineteenth century, Flinderss compelling and refreshingly informal portraits reveal a common foundation of conviction, courage, and serenity in the lives of these great European Catholic mystics. Their distinctly female voices enrich their writings on the experience of the inner world, the nourishing role of friendship and community in our lives, and on finding our true work.

    At its heart, Enduring Grace is a living testament to how we can make peace with sorrow and disappointment and bring joy and transcendence into our lives.

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    From Library Journal
    Flinders (religious and womens studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley) exhibits a contagious passion for her subject as she shares her research on feminine spirituality. She unshrouds the true lives and voices of six Catholic medieval women mystics who were marginalized by a male-dominated Western culture over the centuries. In very human portraits, she connects contemporary women to the nourishing and sustaining wisdom and example of St. Clare of Assisi, Mechtild of Magdeberg, Julian of Norwich, St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Catherine of Assisi, and St. Teresa of Avila. Female listeners will learn how "inwardness" and "enclosure", central to the lives of these remarkable women, can help them realize their deepest longings, attain freedom, and find God. A treasure for religious and womens studies collections.

    - Library Journal: Barbara J. Vaughan, State Univ. Coll. at Buffalo Lib., N.Y.


Enduring Grace