The 365 daily readings from Wisdom of the Cloister offer the serenity of monastic life to a wide audience. Especially intended to serve the general reader, this collection surveys the whole of Christian monasticism. Included here are a full range of writings, from the earliest desert mothers and fathers to contemporary monastics.
John Skinner, author and translator of many texts of spirituality, invites the reader to peruse these varied writings using the immediately accessible style of reading known as lectio divina. This custom, traditionally favored by monks, works on the idea that inspired texts should be approached as a means for hearing God speaking through and within the text. By way of this prayerful, openhearted method, readers may glean personal insights that are uniquely relevant and meaningful to their lives.
Wisdom of the Cloister is both a resource for daily inspiration and an overview of the world of monasticism.
About John Skinner
John Skinner studied to become a Jesuit priest before pursuing a career in writing. A former journalist with The Times of London, he has extensively researched the works of the great mystics and saints. He is the author of Hear Our Silence, a popular study of the English Carthusians, and translator of Revelation of Love by Julian of Norwich. He lives in London with his wife, and is currently at work on his next work for Doubleday, a modern edition of the autobiography of English mystic Margery Kempe.
John O'Donohue, a theologian and poet, is the author of Anam Cara. He lives in Ireland.