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Showings Of Julian Of Norwich: A New Translation Paperback – 15 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (15 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571746919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571746917
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,411,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This translation shines 23 Oct 2013
By Toinette Lippe - Published on Amazon.com
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Mirabai Starr's wondrous expression of Julian's intensely personal visions enables readers to experience God in an extraordinary way. It is as though she has inherited Julian's mantle and shares her understanding of the immediacy of divinity in our lives.

All I knew about Julian before I read this book was the comforting adage: "All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well," which I quote to friends often. What I was not aware of was what immediately precedes it and is generally translated as "Sin is behovable, but." (Of course, the medieval word "behovable" would have stumped me anyway). Julian had been fretting about sin: "I realized that nothing stood in my way except sin, which is the thing that stands in everyone's way.... Why wouldn't God, in his omniscience, have prevented sin when he created us?" What Julian beheld early in her showings is made extremely clear in Mirabai's version. She interprets Jesus' words thus: "Sin is inevitable, yet all will be well and all will be well and every kind of thing shall be well." And He goes on to explain how this works. It is amazing that I have never come across this teaching before.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great translation for all spiritualities 8 Feb 2014
By Ruah Bull - Published on Amazon.com
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This would not be for everyone--for folks who want the more traditional and obviously Christian rendering. Mirabai Starr specializes in creating translations that are both true to a word--but allows the text to be more open to people reading who are on other paths and who might not be able to relate to the Christian language and metaphors. I like to read her works with a more traditional translation too and see what she has shifted a bit. Her books on Julian-and also John of the Cross and Theresa of Avila- are ones I have given to Buddhist, Hindu and Spiritual Eclectic friends who have been moved by the wisdom that they had not known existed in the Christian tradition. She is very accessible-and may lead someone to then check out the more conventional renderings.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful translation. 29 Nov 2013
By Eva L - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful translation- I've tried to battle through other versions but this one is wonderful. Insightful,profound and relevant., it really brings to light what I imagine Julian intended.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Too Much of the "Translator" In This One 26 April 2014
By Lucie Hawke - Published on Amazon.com
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I felt that Starr's version of Julian's book reflects more of Starr than Julian. Some better choices in my opinion, if you really can't handle Middle English: Veronica Mary Rolf's new translation if you want something that's very close to the Middle English while being much easier to understand--or Ellyn Sanna's All Shall Be Well, which is a serious and truly modern translation that gets at the root of Julian's original meanings using 21st-century language. Both are serious (and lovely) works that stay true to the integrity of Julian.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mystic I can understand 6 Feb 2014
By Blue Creek - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed reading Julian of Norwich in Starr's translation as I can get it - at least in terms of the language. Understanding Julian's amazing spiritual revelations is another story! This is about God as Love.
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