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Beginning Again – Paperback and Audio Book Set

$40.00

For a limited time, we are offering the paperback book and Audio book together for a sale price of $25.

 

In 1995 Mary C. Earle was hospitalized with acute pancreatitis.

Like others who suffer from serious or chronic conditions, she found that living with illness requires major adjustments in life.

Using St. Benedict’s ancient Rule – his way of ordering the life and days of religious communities – Earle explores how the concepts of stability, obedience, and conversion can help anyone live with illness.

 

 

“In this extraordinarily comforting and challenging book, Mary Earle takes the setbacks of chronic illness or disability and reframes them as powerful tools for keeping a rule of life. The ancient Benedictine ways of humility, prayer, and self-knowledge counter the urge to  rush, multitask, push and shove one’s way into the superficial busyness that so often passes for excellence in the world.”

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, author of  Some Things You Just Have to Live With

 

 

Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, poet, author, spiritual director and retreat leader. Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored nine books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society and hospice organizations. She has written articles for a variety of journals, including Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International, Radical Grace, Reflections, and The Lutheran. She was included in the Living Spiritual Teachers project of Spirituality and Practice.

Days of Grace – Audio Book

$20.00

“Days of Grace: Meditations and Practices for Living with Illness” (2 CDs) written by Mary C. Earle with music by Ben B. King from his album ” A Laying On Of Songs: Healing Guitar Melodies from America’s Gospel Heritage”.

Of this her most recent CD, “Days of Grace,” Mary writes, “The meditations—I hope—do not intend to diminish the difficulties of living with an illness. They are offered from the perspective of having to live with the limitations, and with chronic pain, and with no easy answers.”

These 30 meditations are inspired by the Psalms. Each meditation is followed by suggestions for practices that will enrich and enhance the meditations.

Earle, who suffers from chronic pancreatitis, suggests that chronic illness or disability might be a condition filled with grace as well as pain, with Christ’s presence as well as fear.

For more information, see: http://www.marycearle.org.

Days of Grace Press Release (pdf)