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Scarred by struggle, transformed by hope

Author: Joan Chittister
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. : Ottawa, Ont. : Novalis, Saint Paul University, ©2003.
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"Everyone goes through times of pain and sorrow, depression and darkness, stress and suffering. It is in the necessary struggles of life, however, that we stretch our souls and gain new insights enabling us to go on. Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Sister Joan Chittister deftly explores the landscape of suffering and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Chittister
ISBN: 0802812163 9780802812162 289507397X 9782895073970 0802829740 9780802829740
OCLC Number: 51460741
Description: xiv, 111 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: Struggle, the Seedbed of Hope ix --
1. A Paradigm of Struggle 1 --
2. The Loss of Certainty: A Suffering of the Soul 8 --
3. Struggle: The Process and the Challenge 14 --
4. The Struggle of Change 20 --
5. The Gift of Conversion 24 --
6. The Struggle of Isolation 28 --
7. The Gift of Independence 33 --
8. The Struggle of Darkness 38 --
9. The Gift of Faith 41 --
10. The Struggle with Fear 45 --
11. The Gift of Courage 49 --
12. The Struggle with Powerlessness 53 --
13. The Gift of Surrender 57 --
14. The Struggle of Vulnerability 61 --
15. The Gift of Limitations 66 --
16. The Struggle of Exhaustion 70 --
17. The Gift of Endurance 74 --
18. The Struggle of Scarring 79 --
19. The Gift of Transformation 83 --
20. Wrestling with God 87 --
21. The Process of Struggle 91 --
22. The Process of Hope 97 --
23. The Gift of Hope 104 --
24. Hope: The Resurrection of the Spirit 108.
Responsibility: Joan D. Chittister.

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Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God, this book explores the landscape of suffering and hope, considering topics, such as consumerism, technology, grief, and the events of  Read more...

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"As ever, Joan Chittister's voice rises up from the struggle to offer a powerful and transforming source of hope!" Martin Sheen "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope is not really about hope. Read more...

 
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