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Beverly Lanzetta

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  • 40 Day Journey With Joan Chittister


    40-Day Journey with Joan Chittister introduces Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun who lives in Erie, Pennsylvania and is best known for her spiritual writing and her powerful actions for peace and justice.

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  • Emerging Heart : Global Spirituality And The Sacred


    Millions of Americans have adopted and adapted spiritual practices and virtues from a variety of traditions. What are they looking for? Theologian and retreat leader Beverly Lanzetta believes that our contemporary world desperately seeks a shared spiritual foundation adequate to meet our most pressing moral, religious, economic, and social issues. We need, she argues, a spiritual vocabulary to describe the unspoken, to interpret our common humanity, and to articulate our earthly concerns in a way respectful and inclusive of all.

    Highlighting pioneers of global spirituality such as Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Abraham Heschel, Mohandas Gandhi, Howard Thurman, Bede Griffiths, and Dorothy Day, Emerging Heart shows how a variety of religious traditions emerge from and converge on a divine nature and mystic quality that creates a loving heart. Lanzetta first describes this phenomenon in her own experience and then elaborates on that mystical core, the notion of the divine, the new shape of interreligious dialogue, pioneers of this new global spirituality, and the personal, spiritual, and ethical challenges that it poses to us.

    This is a book of breathtaking insight and high moral ambition to restore our sense of human possibility and high purpose.

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  • Radical Wisdom : A Feminist Mystical Theology


    Prologue: Low Places Where Grace Flows In

    Part One: Theory And Historical Background

    1.Via Feminina And The Un-saying Of “Woman”
    2.Feminism And Mysticism: Foundations
    3.Goddesses, Mother Jesus, And The Feminine Divine
    4.Contemplative Feminism: Transforming The Spiritual Journey

    Part Two: Women Mystics Of Medieval Europe

    5.Women Mystics And A Feminism Of The Inner Way
    6.Julian And Teresa As Cartographers Of The Soul
    7.The Soul Of Woman And The Dark Night Of The Feminine
    8.Subversion In Contemplation: Resistance, Resilency, And Dignification

    Part Three: Embodied And Engaged Contemplation

    9.Women’s Body As Mystical Text
    10.Seeing Through God’s Eyes: Women’s Spiritual Rights
    11.Love Of The World: An Ethic Of Ultimate Concern

    Epilogue: Hymn To Hagia Sophia


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    Lanzetta illuminates the transformative potential of the classical tradition of women mystics, especially in light of contemporary violence against women around the world.

    Focusing on the contemplative process as women’s journey from oppression to liberation, Lanzetta draws especially on the mysticism of Julian of Norwich and Teresa of Avila. She lays out the contemplative techniques used by mystics to achieve their highest spiritual potential and also investigates how unjust social and political conditions afflict women’s souls.

    Lanzetta identifies a specific historical female mystical path (the via feminina) and draws contemporary conclusions for how women might understand their bodies, their rights, and their ethics.

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