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Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life By Joan Chittister
Between the Dark and the Daylight is a book you will return to again and again for the pearls of wisdom it contains. Paradoxes and contradictions in life are not the obstacles we often perceive them to be, but the door to a pathway of growth. Joan Chittister says that paradoxes and contradictions call for a possibility of contemplation rather than a seeking for more data to solve them.
“What we suppress in the light emerges in the dusk of our inner world and has no ready solutions. The desert fathers and mothers of our faith received the wisdom that comes from confronting the tensions of our lives rather than escape, ignore or judge them. To people like you and me, it is what goes on inside of us that matters for the healthy life and real spirituality. For all of us, paradox underlies the question of what it means to be human.”
How do we deal with that which is unknown or unexplainable? How do we find peace through all that seems to be only an obstacle to that peace? How do we grow when all we want to do is hide?! How do we find light in darkness? That and much more Chittister reveals as an opportunity for growth. Often not because the answers have magically appeared, but because we are no longer afraid to ask the questions.
Don’t forget to check out the library blog (harmonygrovelibrary.blogspot.com) for an interview with the author!