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A travelogue along the path of silence
on 26 December 2013
This book chronicles the author and journalist Sara Maitland's journey into deepening silence, and to quite a large degree, distancing herself from the hustle and bustle of `ordinary life'. Sara weaves together her own journey with thoughts and quotes from those who have made this journey before her, especially the desert fathers. In the book we follow Sarah from an extended solitary `retreat' on the Isle of Skye, in her visit to the desert of Sinai, and even to a flotation tank for a taste of `commercialised' silence. I found her writing style warm and relaxed, and I felt that we were sharing, so some extent, in her experiences. This reads in many places like a travelogue, but it is not a travelogue of places in particular, but rather it is a travelogue in her journey into silence and solitariness.
Being happily married I can't tread the same solitary and silent path as Sara Maitland. But she does still remind all of us that prayerful silence is not something just for the confessed religious; it is something we can all embrace in different ways in each of our lives.