Suggested Further Reading

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Aside from the books and articles in my “Notes on Sources” in An Infinity of Little Hours (and the books the monks themselves read), these publications may be helpful:


Selected Books by Carthusians:

  • Cloud of Unknowing
    (anonymous classic spiritual work — by a Carthusian?)
  • Meditations of Guigo I, Prior of the Charterhouse
    (short meditations by Guigo I, the Fifth Prior of the Grande Chartreuse)
  • Where Silence is Praise
    (short meditations by Dom Augustine Guillerand)

Transitions from Religious to Secular life:

  • Seminary: A Search
    (Paul Hendrickson’s superbly written autobiography of his seven years (age 14-21) in a Catholic seminary and what happened to the men he knew after Vatican II. — out of print, available in online bookstores).
  • The Spiral Staircase: My Climb out of Darkness
    (Karen Armstrong’s third autobiography which describes her life in the convent, her transition to secular life, and her life until 2004).
  • Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns
    (a 2004 investigative report on the lives of nuns since the modernizations of Vatican II).

Classic Autobiographies of Two Women Contemplatives:

  • The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
  • The Life of Saint Teresa of Âvila by Herself.

Other:

  • · Dakota, The Cloister Walk
    (Kathleen Norris – Norris’s introduction to and adoption of the Benedictine tradition)
  • · The Golden String
    (Bede Griffiths – a Benedictine monk’s autobiography which addresses the connections between Christianity and Hinduism)
  • · Beyond the Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths

    (Shirley du Boulay)


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