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In God's Holy Light: Wisdom From the Desert Monastics
By Joan Chittister

About the Book
The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life. Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today. With a selection for every week of the year, this popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.

About the Author
Joan Chittister, O.S.B., is an internationally known writer and lecturer and one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our age. Courageous, passionate, and charged with energy, she is a much sought-after speaker, counselor and clear voice across all religions.

A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Sister Joan is an award-winning author of over fifty books and has received much recognition for her work on behalf of peace and women in church and in society. She has received fourteen Catholic Press Association awards for her books.

She is cochair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders. Currently she is the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality and the founder and animator of Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers. Previously she served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was prioress of her Benedictine community for twelve years.