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For Everything a Season

Author(s): Joan Chittister

ISBN13: 9781626980198

ISBN10: 1626980195

Publisher: Orbis Books (30 April 2013)

Extent: 160 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm

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  • Through the famous verses of Ecclesiastes—"For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven"—Joan Chittister reflects on timeless themes: the purpose and value of human life, the balance of joy and sorrow, work and rest, love and loss.


    In meditating on the contrasting seasons of our lives, Chittister shows how human fulfillment and true happiness come, not from getting and having more and more, but from knowing and valuing what we have. Friendship and laughter, patience and sorrow, humility and compassion, from birth through death—all these are God's gifts to us, the precious moments of life itself. These moments speak to us: "Look at life once more and where you have been blinded, see, and where you have become numb to the point of the senseless, the dead of heart, now glory."

  • Joan Chittister


    Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She serves as cochair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders. Her books include The Gift of Years, The Monastery of the Heart, and Uncommon Gratitude (with the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams). She is past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was prioress of her community, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, for twelve years.



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