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Stalking the Divine by Kristin Ohlson

Stalking the Divine

by Kristin Ohlson

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While Stalking the Divine offers readers a glimpse of the secret lives of cloistered nuns, this book is just as much about author Kristin Ohlson's search for authentic faith. She certainly doesn't try to hide that.

I found Ohlson's honesty refreshing. As a Christian, I appreciate occasional reminders about how devotion to God and Jesus Christ appears to folks who aren’t quite as sure as I like to think I am. Truth is, we all have room to grow in our knowledge, understanding and experience of faith. If that's a subject you like to ponder, then this book is worth your while. ( )
  jlcarroll | Mar 9, 2011 |
A woman visits an old church in her declining town, and discovers cloistered nuns. She investigates this group, and examines her own needs for faith and what it is, Catholicism to be exact. Crisp, precise writing and sense of discovery add to compelling read.
  sungene | Aug 20, 2008 |
While this is not a real inside look at life in a Poor Clares' cloister, it is as close as one is likely to get. The Poor Clares are some of the most restrictive enclosures in the western monastic tradition. As spiritual memoir, it is a rather engaging read. The author comes clean early on about her struggles with faith and the spiritual life. The fact that she views this monastic community as a beacon for those of us enduring a dark night of a soul is one of the strengths of her tome. I came away for this book with the impression that this is a real person writing about really people, not some ethereal attempt at lofty spiritual platitudes, but the true grit of the hardcore spiritual life in all of its struggles. ( )
  tmnd | Nov 25, 2006 |
Reading this memoir is like spending time with an old friend. The author's musings were eerily like my own regarding faith. This book attempts to understand why cloistered nuns choose such a sheltered life and why praying is so important to them. ( )
  bookheaven | Jul 19, 2006 |
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"One lonely Christmas morning, Kristin Ohlson followed a life-changing impulse. As part of a custody agreement, her children were spending the holiday with her ex-husband, and Ohlson was feeling bereft. While she had been raised Catholic, she had long ago left religion behind and no longer even believed in God. But that day, a newspaper notice about an inner-city Cleveland church sparked her interest, and she decided to attend Mass. Once there, she was moved by the traditions of her childhood, but more than that, her curiosity was captured by a group of nuns cloistered in a monastery at the back of the church. Ohlson discovered that they were part of a religious order called the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. She wanted to know more." "Stalking the Divine: Contemplating Faith with the Poor Clares, like Kathleen Norris's The Cloister Walk, is both an exploration of what it is to devote one's life to God and the author's own quest to discover whether reconnecting with her religious faith can help fill the emptiness she feels in her life. She approaches her subject simultaneously as a journalist seeking to profile and understand an intensely private group of women devoted to a life of "perpetual adoration" and as a woman in middle life trying to figure out if there is a divine thread that holds together the disparate, quickly moving pieces of her days - and of life in general. As she becomes acquainted with the rituals, practices, spiritual crises, and personalities of the Poor Clares, she begins to understand that even for them, faith is about acceptance, but also about struggle. During Ohlson's three years of dialogue with the Poor Clares - all the time longing for a spiritual epiphany of her own - she learns some essential lessons about commitment, love, and what really constitutes faith."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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