Friday, January 21, 2011

The Cloister Walk – Kathleen Norris


This is a strange and beautiful book. Part memoir, part meditation, it is a remarkable piece of writing… If read with humility and attention, Kathleen Norris’s book becomes lectio divina, or holy reading.”
- The Boston Globe

“It’s like Eat, Pray, Love; only with a point.”
- Sharkbait

I recently got my hands on this book through bookcrossing.  Which is to say I got it a while ago, but only actually read it recently.

How to describe it?

It is a mixture of reminiscence by Norris of her times spent at Benedictine cloisters, essays on religious figures, and meditations on spirituality and monastic life.  It is laid out in a series of short essay-style chapters, with each one standing on it's own, but also being part of the whole. 

I have always been fascinated by the contemplative and community life, particularly that of Benedictines.  I loved the book, and really enjoyed grappling with some of the chapters.  I think I am going to have to give this one a re-read or two before letting it free.


  1. Careful Sharkie... it seems some guy named David is copying your work without giving you proper attribution! I figured being that you are a lawyer, you'd want to know about this!

  2. It is okay Helen. He's letting me keep the prize money from the Writing Contest he "won."

  3. I have books on my shelf yet to read. How does that happen anyhow?


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