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Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope - Joan D. Chittister

Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope

Paperback Published: 1st June 2005
ISBN: 9780802829740
Number Of Pages: 125

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Everyone goes through times of pain and sorrow, depression and darkness, stress and suffering. It is in the necessary struggles of life, however, that we stretch our souls and gain new insights enabling us to go on.

Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Sister Joan Chittister deftly explores the landscape of suffering and hope, considering along the way such wide-ranging topics as consumerism, technology, grief, the role of women in the Catholic Church, and the events of September 11, 2001. We struggle, she says, against change, isolation, darkness, fear, powerlessness, vulnerability, exhaustion, and scarring; and while these struggles sometimes seem insurmountable, we can emerge from them with the gifts of conversion, detachment, faith, courage, surrender, limitations, endurance, transformation, and (perhaps most important) hope. Each of these struggles and gifts is discussed in a chapter of its own.

Meant to help readers cope with their own suffering and disappointment, "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope" is, in Chittisterbs words, ban anatomy of struggle and an account of the way hope grows in us, despite our moments of darkness, regardless of our regular bouts of depression. It is an invitation to look again at the struggles of life in order that we might remember how to recognize new life in our souls the next time our hearts turn again to clay.b

Neither a self-help manual nor a book offering pat answers, but supremely practical and relevant, Chittisterbs "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope" will richly reward those readers seeking solace in the empathic, wise, andaccessible meditations of a fellow struggler.

"As ever, Joan Chittister's voice rises up from the struggle to offer a powerful and transforming source of hope!" Martin Sheen "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope is not really about hope. It is about the conditions that give rise to hope -- the honest emotions, the trusting vision, the steadfast struggle. I appreciate the way this powerful book offers a way toward hope without any cheating. No sentimentality. No false assurances. No spiritual illusions. It has the strong voice of personal experience plus a rare religious intelligence. Like the human character in its central story of Jacob and the angel, this book clings to life's complexity until it finds a blessing. It will help you get through, not around, the challenges that define you." Thomas Moore "I was deeply moved by Joan Chittister's courage and insight and by her insistence that we are all capable of them as well." Rabbi Harold Kushner "Using the story of Jacob wrestling with God as backdrop, Joan Chittister reflects on her experience of disappointment and loss as the birthplace of hope. Touching on issues familiar to most of us, she explores the many dimensions of suffering in a movement toward transformation. This is a book you will revisit many times for the encouragement, challenge, and inspiration it provides."Anne M. Luther "At a time when the vision and values that define us as a nation seem under siege from all directions, Joan Chittister -- mystic and prophet -- has given us yet another perspective on holding fast to hope. Hope is rooted in the past, she says, but it believes in the future, for God's world is in God's hands. Hope is in the struggle. What a comfort it is to hear these words as we struggle to make our way in a world that keeps moving away from us." Miriam Therese Winter

Preface: Struggle, the Seedbed of Hopep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
A Paradigm of Strugglep. 1
The Loss of Certainty: A Suffering of the Soulp. 8
Struggle: The Process and the Challengep. 14
The Struggle of Changep. 20
The Gift of Conversionp. 24
The Struggle of Isolationp. 28
The Gift of Independencep. 33
The Struggle of Darknessp. 38
The Gift of Faithp. 41
The Struggle with Fearp. 45
The Gift of Couragep. 49
The Struggle with Powerlessnessp. 53
The Gift of Surrenderp. 57
The Struggle of Vulnerabilityp. 61
The Gift of Limitationsp. 66
The Struggle of Exhaustionp. 70
The Gift of Endurancep. 74
The Struggle of Scarringp. 79
The Gift of Transformationp. 83
Wrestling with Godp. 87
The Process of Strugglep. 91
The Process of Hopep. 97
The Gift of Hopep. 104
Hope: The Resurrection of the Spiritp. 108
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ISBN: 9780802829740
ISBN-10: 0802829740
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 125
Published: 1st June 2005
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.19