by Christine Valters Paintner 

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Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics 

In this creative work Christine Valters Paintner offers us a pilgrimage through the lives of sages, healers, mystics, visionaries, and more—inviting us to feast on their wisdom and explore how their gift of life can illuminate the way for us. This is a wonderful resource and I joyfully recommend it.

–Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., Seven Sacred Pauses

(forthcoming from Ave Maria Press in 2016)

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The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within 

A guidebook and an inspiration.

–Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, Pilgrimage–The Sacred Art

(published by Ave Maria Press 2015)

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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

(published by Ave Maria Press 2013)

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Desert Mothers and FathersDesert 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

(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

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

(published by SkyLight Paths Publishing 2011)

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Book Cover edited low resWater, 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

(published by Ave Maria Press, March 2010)

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Awakening 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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COVERLectio 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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