"My research began several years ago [i.e.,1980] when my own inclination and interest made me pull away from the way I saw most people living, in favor of a more solitary, silent, reflective way of life. Although it isn't my purpose to describe my own experience in this book, every book is in some sense autobiographical, and surely this one is no exception. In a very real sense, I am one of the subjects I studied....
"..I simply needed a word which embraced the imagery of silence, the dignity and obedience that automatically accompanies those who embark on an inner journey, whatever route that may take, whatever the costs..."
"Speaks very simply to the rising quest of many people to find a more spiritual meaning in a materialistic universe". -- Morton Kelsey Professor Emeritus, Theology, University of Notre Dame.
Looks at the stories of ordinary people who choose a solitary lifestyle to find wholeness and self-actualization.… (more)