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Radical Spirit

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Radical Spirit

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RADICAL SPIRIT

By Joan Chittister (Convergent Books, 2017)

Rooted in Benedictine spirituality, Sister Joan Chittister's Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life argues that God is best found through humility. In a gentle but galvanizing tone Chittister helps readers find their authentic spiritual selves in order to confront a world full of demagoguery, narcissism, and individualism.

Each of the 12 steps is examined through three vantage points. First Chittister traces her own evolution as a Benedictine, as a woman, and as a seeker. She shares self-effacing and honest anecdotes from her spiritual life. Next she examines the underlying issues and lived philosophy of each step. Not to be mistaken for mantras, these steps are much more like sermons. But rather than delivered from on high they arrive like small talk across a kitchen table. Finally, she uncovers the spiritual implications of humility and its everyday meaning. …

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