Between the Dark and the Daylight lies the place of uncertainty, longing, loneliness, concern, and knowledge of our finitude.
It's not a place we want to go on a sleepless night. But Sister Joan Chittister argues that it isn't a place to ignore or run away from.
Instead, it's where we can find ourselves. When paradoxes are embraced and insight is found within the tension, a soul "grows, expands, centers, and becomes its most radiant self."
Here are a few quotes from various chapters to give you a taste of this book.
The Mirage of Security~
"Risk, the willingness to accept an unknown future with open hands and a happy heart, is the key to the adventures of the soul.
Without risk we live in a world of small dreams and lost possibilities."
The Success of Failure~
"We are not born to be miserable. We are born to be fully alive, to be happy, to give our gifts to the world with the joy that comes from doing our best and having it mean something to someone else."
The Energy that Comes from Exhaustion~
"The important choice in life then, is to choose our stresses carefully. The good ones enliven us and give life to those around us. The bad ones give nothing to anyone, least of all ourselves."
The Struggle between Guilt and Growth~
"Holiness depends on choices that have been tested by opportunities."
Each chapter is a few pages in length, crafted with an economy of words. Pithy is a good description of them- powerful thoughts expressed concisely.
The ideas hit you, and force you to re-read sentences.
And along the way, as she lays bare her own meditations, she quotes other minds that have wrestled with the same basic life.
"Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone...
And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone."~ Paul Tillich
"Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life." ~ Daisaku Ikeda
I thank Image Books and Blogging for Books for providing me with a review copy.