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Moving and Informative, 15 Oct 2006
Having just read this stunning book I am moved to comment.
If you want to see inside the mind of the solitary contemplative or if you want to be inspired by human determination to succeed in the face of spiritual trials....you will be as moved by this book as I am. Ex-members of religious orders (and they are many!) will be delighted and encouraged by the way this book presents apparent vocational failure as a stage in a lifelong journey of the soul.
Its profound insights into the conflicts and issues facing all people trying out a monastic vocation will surely put it on the "required reading lists" of novice masters and novices in all religious orders. (Latin edition to follow shortly no doubt!)
But this book also speaks vividly and directly to all those with the "God-gene" whatever religious tradition or spiritual path the potential readers are following. The monastic contemplative life is here exposed, warts and all, in the form of a thoroughly compelling read. It is also bursting with quotes from the Carthusian tradition and actual statements from the monks (and ex-monks) of Parkminster that give much material for meditation and reflection.
If the author had not taken the trouble to listen so attentively and sympathetically to all those ex and current Carthusians ......... those insights, and the moving stories of these members of the class of 1960-65, would probably never have reached the wide audience outside Parkminster which needs to hear them.