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Befriending Silence

Befriending Silence

Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality

by Carl McColman

"A gentle, conversational, and humbly persuasive presentation of the spiritual benefits (and joys) of vowed and disciplined association with monastic life and practice for Christian lay folk." ~Phyllis Tickle

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Patheos blogger Carl McColman introduces Cistercian spirituality as "the hidden jewel of the Church," presenting a surprisingly contemporary path grounded in monastic tradition.

Read an Excerpt From

Read an Excerpt From "Befriending Silence"

"The gifts of Cistercian spirituality encompass a variety of blessings that are available to us with no strings attached." ~from the book

Praise for

Praise for "Befriending Silence"

"An accessible introduction to the beauty of Cistercian spirituality." ~Rev. Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., author of "The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton"

Listen: An Engaging Faith, Featuring Carl McColman

Listen: An Engaging Faith, Featuring Carl McColman

McColman shares details about his new book with Breadbox Media in this podcast.

CarlMcColman.net

CarlMcColman.net

Learn more about the life and work of this noted contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader, and spiritual companion.

A Contemplative Faith: Carl McColman's Patheos Blog

A Contemplative Faith: Carl McColman's Patheos Blog

Carl McColman helps ordinary seekers — everyday people — joyfully respond to the love of God through prayer, meditation, and contemplation, to embody a compassionate life filled with creativity and delight.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Wisdom For All Your Journeys

Wisdom For All Your Journeys

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

This is the most user-friendly description I've read of how lay people can appropriate the riches of Cistercian spirituality.

Staying Put: Stability and Novelty in the Spiritual Journey

Staying Put: Stability and Novelty in the Spiritual Journey

Bruce Epperly

"Befriending Silence" presents a mystical spirituality for everyday people. You can be an everyday mystic while you're fixing breakfast for your children, driving to work, caring for an elderly parent, or giving your spouse a massage.

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Befriending Silence: A Q&A With Carl McColman

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