STALKING THE DIVINE by Kristin Ohlson
Publisher Hyperion, August 2003
"One of those beautiful rare books that churns in a reader's heart long after
you put it down, STALKING THE DIVINE elegantly and honestly articulates
the ache for faith in our world, in the solitude of the modern self--faith
in anything, anyone, if not God--and Kristin Ohlson's lucid prose and deft
reportage have persuaded me that this quest alone is the fundamental act
of grace available to humanity. Indeed, the journey defines our humanity,
shapes it, expands it, haunts it."
"Kristin Ohlson is a scrupulous observer and a wonderfully intent writer. She
brings us right up against the mysterious silence of the Poor Clares and
gets us to feel the pressure of their devotion. A fascinating book."
Kristin Ohlsonís STALKING THE DIVINE offers us a fascinating look into a place few ever see: the private, cloistered world of the Poor
Clares of Cleveland, Ohio, who pray for the world twenty-four hours a day. We learn how they spend their days in constant communication with God, how they found their faith, and how they keep it. But it is not a story just about the Poor
Clares, but the questions Ms. Ohlson asks of herself: What is faith? How do you know when you have it? Ms. Ohlson does a wonderful job of weaving her own personal journey into the story of the Poor
Clares. Itís a book worth reading for anyone who has ever had religion, lost religion, or needed it. Which
is just about everyone.
Kristin Ohlsonís honesty, intelligence, and charm make this book irresistible. A nonbeliever who longs for a convincing spiritual experience, she writes about a community of cloistered nuns: women as honest, intelligent, and charming as she, who have centered their lives around prayer. STALKING THE DIVINE
is a delightful story about curiosity, by a writer who canít be dispassionate about her subject and also canít lie to herself.
Hard cover edition
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