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The holy way : practices for a simple life /

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Published: Loyola Press, 2003
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"Using the Christian tradition of solitude, silence and contemplation as her foundation, Huston offers one of the best books available on living the simple life."
-- Publishers Weekly , starred review nbsp; "This book will give solace and guidance to those who, like Paula Huston, have felt the interior call to simplicity, the intense gravitational pull of the God within."
--Bruno Barnhart, Camaldolese monk and author, Second Simplicity nbsp; An Invitation to a Simple, More Peaceful Life Is leading a simple life possible in a world of chaos and complexity? Driven by this searching question, Paula Huston, a busy forty-something college professor, wife, and mother, embarked on a spiritual journey to find a peaceful, less cluttered kind of life. The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life is the fruit of Huston's arduous search. Two discoveries sustained her: that she herself could experience simple living just as a nearby community of Catholic monks did and, more important, that she could find the keys to such a life in the lives and writings of the great monastic saints. Drawing on these discoveries, Huston examines a variety of measures that point the way toward the practical, day-to-day simplicity of a life that so many desire.


Review by Booklist Review

Huston begins with an anecdote about visiting the Amish of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who she believes hold the secret to the simple life. The book that follows constitutes her attempt to show everyone, no matter what his or her circumstances are, how to achieve simplicity of some form. Most personal clutter, she maintains, is internal; consequently, changing one's life means changing the status quo. In a noisy world lacking any integral contemplation and reflection, such change won't come easily. Much of it involves letting ingrained habits and ways of thinking go. Huston proposes several Christian saints as models, including St. Anthony and the desert fathers, St. John Cassian, St. Benedict, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Ignatius, and she discusses the transformative power of solitude, silence, asceticism, chastity, poverty, and meditation as practices of simplicity evident in the saints' disciplines. To live in holy simplicity is to depart from the ordinary, Huston says, to take a path of bravery whose way she admirably illumines. --June Sawyers Copyright 2003 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Using the Christian tradition of solitude, silence and contemplation as her foundation, Huston offers one of the best books available on living the simple life. Voluntary simplicity may sound like an enormous personal sacrificedownscaling material purchases, unplugging the phone, turning off the TV and pursuing meaningful work instead of high-income drudgery. But according to Huston, the payoff is so enormous that it's hard to understand why anyone wouldn't jump on the bandwagon. "Interior chaos subsides; the psychic battlefield goes calm and silent," she promises. She notes that practicing the simple life requires more of an internal shift than an outward act of shedding possessions or moving to a monastery. In each chapter, Huston offers healthy doses of self-disclosure. When she wanted to create more silence, she first tried to quiet all the noise around her, only to discover that the real challenge was learning to silence herself. (She's a self-confessed motor mouth.) When she wanted to start carving out times of spiritual contemplation, she had to face her chronic habit of oversleeping. She even reveals how much of her self-esteem was invested in attracting male attention in her exquisite chapter on the deeper meaning of celibacy. Huston gives readers the sense that if she can make these small, yet profound, steps toward a simpler life, anyone can. Each chapter includes an inspirational story about a saint as well as just the right seasonings of scripture. This excellent guidebook will motivate many readers to take at least one small step toward living a simpler life. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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AUTHOR NOTES

Paula Huston is the author of the novel "Daughters of Song". She teaches fiction writing & literature at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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