The World is Our Cloister: A Guide to Modern Religious Life

The World is Our Cloister: A Guide to Modern Religious Life


By (author) Jennifer Kavanagh


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  • Publisher: O Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 17mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New Alresford
  • ISBN 10: 1846940494
  • ISBN 13: 9781846940491
  • Sales rank: 210,888

Product description

The dedicated religious life of monks and nuns has a fascination for many of us-at a distance. We live in the world we have, and it's hard to figure out how to do it in a God-filled way. "The World is Our Cloister" is about the new religious life; a life to which Protestant, Catholic, Hindu or those with no label can relate. It is a guide to living the devotional life, not behind the walls of a monastery, but in the world. It's about engagement in the world as well as withdrawal, the balance between a life of action and one of contemplation; how to be in the world but not of it. It is also a guide to the mystical experience at the heart of all religion. Beyond the barriers of belief and practice lies the stark and simple reality of relating to God: "the practice of the presence of God".

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Author information

Jennifer Kavanagh gave up her career as a literary agent to be a community/prison worker. She is active in the Quaker community, helping to run a weekly outreach programme, and writes and broadcasts.

Review quote

Shows clearly how people belonging to different spiritual traditions or no tradition at all can make their spiritual journey to the source of our life. In a world where many people are dissatisfied with the traditional religions and looking for a different way, this book will be a good companion. Brother John Martin Sahajananda