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Professor's book among 'Best Spiritual Books of 2014'

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A new book, Essential Writings: Joan D. Chittister, co-edited by Mary Hembrow Snyder, Ph.D., a professor of religious studies and director of the Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies at Mercyhurst University, is recognized among “The Best Spiritual Books of 2014.”

The recognition comes from About, a multifaith website devoted to resources for spiritual journeys.

Website founders Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat review more than 300 books every year, choosing their top 50 adult books and “10 Best Spiritual Children's Books.”

“These are titles that have most impressed and inspired us,” they write. “Since we only review books that we want to recommend to you for your spiritual journey, this selection actually represents the best of the best.”

In their review of Snyder’s book on Chittister, which she co-edited with Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, the Brussats write:

“This paperback contains a rich and soul-stirring crosscut of the incredible range of Chittister's spirituality that mixes deep mysticism with a profound yearning for justice. The selections here were made by two women who know her well. Kownacki is the author of A Monk in the Inner City and Director of Monasteries of the Heart, and Mary Hembrow Snyder edited Spiritual Questions for the Twenty-First Century, a collection of essays in Chittister's honor. Their choices from Chittister's vast amount of writing include musings on seeking God, the radical Christian life, becoming a prayer, the spirit of God as a wild thing, the church and women, enemies becoming friends, and the nature of God.”