Stalking the Divine by Kristin Ohlson
Contemplating Faith with the Poor Clares

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A stirring, luminous work in the tradition of The Cloister Walk.

Wandering into a forgotten downtown Cleveland church for a Christmas mass, Kristin Ohlson discovered the Poor Clares--a tiny, threadbare congregation of cloistered elderly nuns with one mission: to pray day and night (literally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) for the sorrows of the world. Ohlson--utterly enchanted by these devoted women--started to attend church for the first time in many years. So began her three-year dialogue with the Poor Clares, a dialogue that afforded Ohlson a fascinating, unprecedented glimpse into the intensely private nuns and their life in the cloister. Why, she wonders, have these women retreated from the world to joyfully devote themselves to perpetual adoration? How do they sustain their faith? And what, ultimately, is faith?

As Ohlson--a long-time skeptic--opens up to the Poor Clares, she opens herself to the possibility of the sacred. The result is an inspiring personal journey as well as a poignant reflection on the power of the church and faith, no matter what our religion may be.

About Kristin Ohlson

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Kristin Ohlson has published articles and essays in the "New York Times, Ms., Salon, O, Discover, Food & Wine," and many other publications.
Published August 6, 2003 by Hachette Books. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Kristin Ohlson does a beautiful job of writing the story of the Poor Clares.

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Ohlson using the Poor Clares as a spiritual guide has begun a journey to find her own faith though she lacks their dedication and belief and falters often.

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Over a three-year period, Ohlson talks to the nuns, writes an article about them for a newspaper, and in the process is compelled to renew her faith in God, start up her own prayer life, and draw closer to others through compassion.

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