Books

Eyes of the HeartEyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice

Opening Christine Paintner's Eyes of the Heart is like entering a garden in full bloom. . . This modern-day monk knows the essential secrets to sacred living and joyful being and she shares them freely."
Jan Phillips, Author of God is at Eye Level: Photography as a Healing Art

by Christine Valters Paintner
(published by Ave Maria Press 2013)

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Artists Rule cover Desert Mothers and Fathers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings — Annotated & Explained

A scholar who practices what she teaches, Christine Valters Paintner offers one of the best guidebooks I've seen for those who’ve been called to the contemplative life.
—Paula Huston, author of The Holy Way and Simplifying the Soul

by Christine Valters Paintner
(published by SkyLight Paths Publishing 2012)

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Artists Rule cover The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

Gracefully written and ever-consoling, The Artist’s Rule demands engagement from its reader. It challenges artists of every variety to journey actively with their Rule, and to thereby plumb the riches of both a contemplative and generative discipline.
—Image Journal of Religion and the Arts

by Christine Valters Paintner (foreword by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB)
(published by Ave Maria Press 2011)

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Lectio Divina coverLectio Divina–The Sacred Art: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer

This is more than a mere introduction to sacred reading — it's a creative and holistic invitation to a deeper spiritual life.”
—Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality

by Christine Valters Paintner
(published by SkyLight Paths Publishing 2011)

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Water, Wind, Earth and Fire coverWater, Wind, Earth & Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements

Simple and powerful, this book will be a welcome new resource for individuals and groups seeking spiritual connection to creation.
—Publishers Weekly

by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD
(published by Ave Maria Press, March 2010)

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Awakening the Creative Spirit coverAwakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction

I put this at the top of the list for required reading for spiritual directors and spiritual formation classes. The clear, foundational writing introduces 'art in service to the soul.
—Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-founder of InterPlay, author of 'Dance – The Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice'

by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD & Betsey Beckman, MM
(published by Morehouse Publishing, February 2010)

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Lectio DiviniaLectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness

In this superb resource the ancient wisdom and the poetry of the Lectio process shines forth. This is a praiseworthy offering.
—Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, author of 'Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day' and 'A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary'

by Christine Valters Paintner & Sr. Lucy Wynkoop, OSB
(published by Paulist Press 2008)

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