Atchison Blue

Atchison Blue

A Search for Silence, A Spiritual Home, and An Authentic Faith

Paperback - 2013
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In this meditative spiritual memoir, Judith Valente, celebrated PBS religion journalist and celebrated poet, invites readers along on her transformative pilgrimages to Mount St. Scholastica monastery in Atchison, Kansas. The Benedictine sisters who invited Valente presented her with a view of monastic life and wisdom that brought spiritual healing to her fast-paced life¿and promises to do the same for her readers. The first time Judith Valente arrived at Mount St. Scholastica monastery, she came prepared to teach a course on poetry and the soul. Instead, she found herself the student, taking lessons from the Benedictine sisters in the healing nature of silence, how to cultivate habits of mindful living, and the freeing reality that conversion is a lifelong process. With the heart of a poet and the eye of a journalist, she tells how her many visits and interviews with the Benedictine sisters forced her to confront aspects of her own life that needed healing¿a journey that will invite readers to healing of their own. A beautiful and heartfelt work that crosses The Cloister Walk with Tuesdays with Morrie, Atchison Blue will resonate with readers of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Mary Gordon, and Anne Lamott.
Publisher: Notre Dame, Indiana : Sorin Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781933495583
Characteristics: 181 pages ; 22 cm


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TSCPL_JulieN Apr 06, 2016

The sisters of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas have much wisdom to share in the lovely, lyrical ATCHISON BLUE. Poet and journalist Judith Valente spent months conversing, observing, and listening to this small community of Benedictine Sisters who generously shared their faith, stories, and thoughts on the challenges and joys of monastic living. As the seasons pass, Valente’s own spiritual journey is nourished and deepened by the good counsel of these women who have chosen a life of community and prayer. Genuinely moving, this is an inspiring portrait of contemporary monastic life.


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