Revelations of Divine Love (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 26 Apr 1973
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Contributes to the complete picture of Julian of Norwich as an author in that it invites renewed close reading of the Revelation and study of the text in its varied manuscript and textual contexts. REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Especially designed collectible edition of the classic work by the greatest of the female mystics, Julian of Norwich --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The Church of St Julian is still a fully functioning one in the "red light" area of Norwich - a curious oasis of peace in the maelstrom of a space full of potential and actual misery where sex workers are forced to ply their "trade" to support their addiction to "Class
Attached to the church is Julian's "cell" where she lived as an anchorite and gave advice to the population here during her lifetime. For those open "to the vibes" (yes, I'm an ageing "hippy", upon entering the small chapel designated as her cell, a wonderful presence and feeling of peace and disembodied love may be experienced. Truly a place where the "Holy Spirit" dwells. I strongly recommend coming to visit St Julian's to all inclined to visit this remarkable place [it's on the internet]. And, by the way, although the windows get smashed from time to time in the cell - such is life - the tranquility endures.
I first encountered her work (sadly unread!) in the philosophy department at the library at my university (Uni of East Anglia) and have been fascinated by her writings for the past twenty years.Read more ›
Julian can be easily placed within a series of female medieval mystics - women such as Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewich of Brabant, Clare of Assisi. Where she differs is in the simple uncluttered honesty of her approach; in her exploration of God as Mother, as well as of Father; and in her acceptance of our bodily nature, even joy in it.
England's first and one of its greatest female philosophers takes serious work to understand.
The way her discoveries are expressed are at first utterly bewildering to the modern ear. Once you realise that she is framing things that we all experience to this day in the terms that one would in those days because of the cultural background, you start to see breathtaking philosophical insights.
Not for the faint-hearted but very rewarding of effort.
After scribbling down the name, I went and researched on the Internet and, to my delight, found a copy of her work available via Amazon.
The book is all it was listed to be in the write up, and is very spiritually uplifting; the version I bought is standard English, but I think I will try to find the Middle English version to read, so as to get more of an insight into Mother Julian (sometimes known as Lady Julian) and her time.
Even after many centuries, Mother Julian sends a quite clear and loud message to us about just how much Jesus Christ really does love us.
The many footnotes, references and the preface giving the historical background would make this book just as valuable for an academic theologan or historian.
Julian of Norwich presents Jesus as mother which I have never thought of before and which I find very appealing because most of the time he is presented as lover. This idea of Jesus as feminine as well as masculine makes the Godhead seems more rounded, accessible and balanced. Julian portrays a very warm picture of God (and again there is the sense that God is both male and female) and the affirmation 'All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.' is a comforting mantra to live by.
Her revelations of Christ on the Cross are graphic and I found it difficult to forget the images that she portrayed as they were so vivid. The blood and pain and heart riven in two became almost tangible and the images lingered for days. Be prepared for these scenes. They are potent and a strong reminder of our own crucifixion in life when we start to investigate the inner life. We are asked to take up the cross and bear the pain that leads to unconditional love.
A sensible woman who deeply lived her faith and provides us with a fine mystical portrait of God but grounded in the reality of daily life. I visited her shrine in Norwich three years ago and was struck by how small was the space in which she lived (it is a reconstruction but it is on the very site where she lived). There is a little shrine and the words 'Thou art enough to me.' leap out at the visitor.
Worth sessions of lectio divina and silent meditation on her words and images.
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This is a warm and touching, but challenging, account of revelations concerning Christ made to Mother Julian, and the theological deductions she made from them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by I. C. McBrayne
Book was well worn when it arrived, but it was second hand. I read a lot and found this quite hard going. Havent finished it yet. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. P. A. Lee
Wonderful inspiring book, though some of the wording is a little difficult because it is straight from the 13th century translation. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Louise Phillips