by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE, OblSB
Ave Maria Press 2017
In The Wisdom of the Body, Christine Valters Paintner focuses on the true meaning of the Incarnation—God became flesh—and points to the spiritual importance of appreciating the bodies God gave us.
Each of the book’s ten chapters is a mini-workshop designed to lead us to new ways of being in relationship with our bodies. Starting with the senses and shifting toward emotions and desires, Paintner explores their role as thresholds to discovering the body’s wisdom. She draws from Christian tradition to offer principles and practices such as stability, hospitality, and gratitude to lead us on a journey that ends with a sense of deep peace and self-acceptance.
Through expressive arts and creative movement, Paintner demonstrates a new a language and way of integrating and sharing our discoveries. By exploring the lives of women in the Bible and in the Christian tradition—including Eve, Mary, Hildegaard of Bingen, and Amma Syncletica—Paintner introduces us to companions that accompany us on our journey.
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Audio Interviews with Christine:
Janet Conner’s The Soul Directed Life radio program. You can access the recording at this link>>
Jamie Marich of Dancing Mindfulness hosted a teleseminar. Link to Teleseminar recording at Dancing Mindfulness>>
Article by Christine:
How might our spiritual lives flourish by entering into intimacy with our own bodies? at U.S. Catholic magazine>>
Written Interviews with Christine:
"How to love the body God gave you, even in a swimsuit" at Aleteia>>
"Fast Take on Wisdom of the Body" at Aleteia>>
Carl McColman’s blog on Contemplative Faith>>
Lacy Clark Ellman’s website A Sacred Journey>>
Guest Blog Posts by Christine:
“Sacrament of the Senses” at Holy Ordinary>>
“Breath as Holy Pause” at God Space>>
"Viriditas" as a Discernment Principle at Monasteries of the Heart>>
“Radical Hospitality and Welcome” at Sibyl Dana Reynolds>>
Praise for the Book
The Wisdom of the Body met me where I was and transported me to a place I haven’t been in a long time, drawing me across sacred thresholds and inviting me to pause, breathe, and renew my commitment to live life with attention and intention. Thank you, Christine Valters Paintner, for the gift of this book, this vision, this invitation!” -Mary DeTurris Poust, Catholic blogger and author of Cravings
Christine Valters Paintner is a trusted guide, lighting the way home to body and soul. Sharing from experience, her compassionate voice speaks to us personally and offers creative resources, supportive allies, and wisdom from the great spiritual traditions. This book is a good map for the journey to wholeness. I put it at the top of my list to recommend to teachers and students seeking to embody the joy of spiritual life.” -Cynthia Winton-Henry, Cofounder of InterPlay
Christine Valters Paintner is a stunningly gifted teacher; I am so grateful that she shares her wisdom on women and embodiment in this latest book. Christine’s ability to weave multi-faceted spiritual practice with the expressive arts in a sensitive and trauma-informed manner has long inspired me, and I know that many will be helped and inspired through this work. Christine is a true gem, a blessing, and a beacon of light to those of us who are on the path of healing—she is gentle, wise, and challenging in a harmonious blend that comes through in her spirit-filled teachings.” -Jamie Marich, Clinical trauma expert and author of Dancing Mindfulness
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
Christine Valters Paintner is so much more than a truly fine writer; she’s a teacher, a guide, and a friend along the way. In The Wisdom of the Body, she once again plumbs ancient monastic wisdom to help solve a contemporary problem: the sad rift between body and soul that too often limits our experience of God.” -Paula Huston, Author of One Ordinary Sunday