BOOK REVIEW

STALKING THE DIVINE: CONTEMPLATING FAITH WITH THE POOR CLARES - KRISTIN OHLSON

As part of a custody agreement, Kristin Ohlson's children were spending the Christmas holiday with her husband.  This was her fifth Christmas without them.
As she was reading the morning paper, she noticed a religious service section.  Much to her surprise, she didn't realize that services were now advertised.  She was raised Catholic but no longer attended services and wasn't sure she believed anymore.  One ad intrigued her.  It stated that Franciscan priests would say mass and nuns from an order called the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration would sing.  She had fond images of Franciscans but had never heard of the Poor Clares. 

Kristin attended the service and became intrigued with the nuns who were cloistered.  She decided that she would like to write a book about them. 

Kristin spent three years becoming acquainted with the rituals, practices and personalities of the Poor Clares.  During this time Ohlson tried not only to study the faith of the Poor Clares but also wanted to dwell into her own spirituality and make some sense of everything.  She also learns some very important lessons about life.

This is a fascinating book and is well worth reading by everyone.  Kristin Ohlson does a beautiful job of writing the story of the Poor Clares.  Their story is intriguing and Ohlson is very skilled at putting the words into a book about their beliefs.  You won't go wrong by adding this one to your list of books to read!

Nancy Eaton

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, NANCY EATON

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