by Christine Valters Paintner
"Christine Valters Paintner's poems have both a mystical and an earthy sensibility to them, drawing us to the transcendent as well as the immanent presence of the divine. Her poems, much like her nonfiction writing, offer the reader an experience of retreat and sacred encounter."
-Richard Rohr, OFM
"Christine Valters Paintner's poetry is a worthy companion to the prose she has already produced. There, her thoughtful analysis of the foundations of modern society stretch the reader beyond any kind of idolatry of the present. Here, she goes even further in her commitment to wed vision to understanding. In this new work, she brings poetic insight to observation. She presents the flash of light, the kernel of truth that goes deeper and more mystically into the heart of the universe than fact and faith can hope to do. She makes a bridge for us between experience and wisdom and gives us a veritable holograph of life."
-Joan Chittister, OSB
(Paraclete Press 2019)
"Christine Valters Painter has written another excellent book for spiritual seekers desiring insight, encouragement, and inspiration on their spiritual paths. In The Soul's Slow Ripening, she provides readers a series of practices inspired by the Irish traditions that will help readers, as she says, live into 'new ways of being' by pursuing such helpful practices as working with dreams, going on pilgrimages, having a soul friend, and seeking solitude. I cannot recommend enough this practical guide to soul-making."
—Edward C. Sellner, author of The Wisdom of the Celtic Saints
(Ave Maria Press 2018)
"Christine Valters Paintner has found gems from the Christian tradition—from scripture, the saints, and the Desert Fathers and Mothers—and combined them with other practices such as dance, yoga, and poetry to create an eclectic, hands-on book sure to deepen your spirituality. A mini-retreat you can take at your own pace, The Wisdom of the Body is inspiring and possibly life-changing for those who struggle with body issues but also meaningful for those comfortable within their body."
—Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter columnist
(Ave Maria Press, 2017)
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
(published by Ave Maria Press in 2016)
A guidebook and an inspiration.
–Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, Pilgrimage–The Sacred Art
(published by Ave Maria Press 2015)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Simple and powerful, this book will be a welcome new resource for individuals and groups seeking spiritual connection to creation.
(published by Ave Maria Press, March 2010)
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)
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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