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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.

Her website is: www.MaryCEarle.com

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Did You Sing Your Song?

$17.95 $12.57

A lifetime of poetry about the land, memories of West Texas, family, and sacredness of life.

 

When she was a little girl, Mary Earle’s maternal grandmother taught her to listen to the garden in her yard, the creek on the Texas hill country land, the wind in the trees and the stars. Her mother, Mary Colbert, started reading to her as soon as she could sit up, and her mother loved to read poetry out loud. The poems in this book are an offering that comes from years of listening to what the Irish call “the music of what happens.” Mary says, “My hope is that the poems will invite the reader to listen along with me to that music.”

 

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Advance praise for Did You Sing Your Song? by Mary Earle

 

“With bold serenity and unapologetic sass, Mary C. Earle blesses us with the music of her word-gifts. She simply takes us by the hand and leads us from ordinary to extraordinary, offering new sight, new light, new understanding.”

Olga Samples-Davis, poet and author of Things My Mama Told Me: The Wisdom That Shapes Our Lives

 

 

“Mary’s poems are full of images of inhabiting spaces, of allowing the land to hold her and reclaim her, bone meeting bone, and inviting the reader to do the same. There are songs here too, the music of language relishing the world’s gifts. These are the poems of someone who is asking important questions about what it means to know how precious our limited days here are and offering the wisdom she discovers so generously to others.”

Christine Valters-Paintner, PhD, author of Dreaming of Stones: Poems

 

 

Julian of Norwich

$16.99

Many people are familiar with the phrase “All shall be well” but do not know much, if anything, about Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth-century English mystic who wrote those words. Thomas Merton declared her to be “without a doubt one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices,” and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says that her writings “may well be the most important work of Christian reflection in the English language.”

 

This accessible introduction to Julian’s Revelations of Divine Love, an extended reflection on a series of her mystical visions, includes an informative introduction that addresses the historical, cultural and sociological context of Julian’s life and writings. Mary Earle’s facing-page commentary focuses on Julian’s profoundly hopeful vision of humanity and God, her creative imagery and her rigorous honesty about the spiritual life. Drawing directly from Julian’s text, Earle addresses a variety of topics essential to understanding Julian’s mysticism, including the infinite nature of God, the life of prayer, God’s suffering with us, the eternal and undying life of the should, the motherhood of Jesus and the motherhood of God, “all shall be well” and more.

 

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.

Desert Mothers – Book

$14.95

At the dawn of Christianity, holy women went into the wilderness of the deserts of northern Egypt to give themselves totally to lives of prayer. Explore the unique spirituality of the desert mothers, and learn ways to apply their wisdom today.

 

 

“Mary Earle is a modern-day Desert Mother, and we are fortunate, indeed, for her introduction to the Desert Amma’s ancient wisdom, and for her gentle guidance on ways to incorporate that wisdom into contemporary spiritual practices.”

–Debra K. Farrington, author of Hearing with the Heart: A gentle Guide to Descerning God’s Will for Your Life.

 

 

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.

Broken Body, Healing Spirit

$14.00

For centuries, Christians have turned to the Benedictine practice of lectio divina, or sacred reading, to pray the Scripture and deepen their experience of God’s presence in their lives.

 

In this gentle book, Mary Earle, who has suffered with serious illness of her own, explores how this ancient practice can be used to “read the text of our illnesses,” and, in doing so, discover God’s presence and guidance even in the midst of pain and suffering.

 

“Writing with authenticity of one who has “been there,” Mary Earle offers compassionate and practical guidance to those suffering from serious, chronic, and terminal illness. Her adaptation of the ancient Benedictine practice of lectio divina is creative and inviting: Through carefully structured exercises the sufferer is let to “read” not only Scripture but the body and the illness prayerfully. The tone of the book is warm and supportive, always aware of the physical and emotional limitations of the reader. Although it is intended primarily for the person living with illness, Broken Body, Healing Spirit is also a valuable resource for anyone ministering to the sick.” – Margaret Guenther, author, Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction.

 

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.

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Days of Grace – Book

$12.95

In Days of Grace, embark with author Mary Earle on a pilgrimage through the psalms, where God invites you to grow into a deeper understanding, compassion and generosity when it comes to living with illness.

 

“If you’re living with illness,” writes author Mary Earle, “you’re entering a school of experience for which our culture offers little wisdom, seeking a way to live with the discomforts and within new limitations that bring you face to face with the fact of your own mortality and prompt you to ask deeper questions about meaning and life, about death and eternity.”

 

With thirty brief meditations — each offering a line from a psalm, a reflection, a short prayer, and a suggested spiritual practice — this book will offer comfort and grace, and the beginning steps into a new way of life.

 

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.

Marvelously Made

$14.95

 

Each chapter in Marvelously Made focuses on a vital part of the body, the heart, the lungs, the brain, the joints. For each section, Mary provides reader-friendly information about the wonders of the organ or body part, and offers a prayer and a set of gratitude practices in the form of a physical and spiritual meditation exercise to deepen your appreciation of the body.

 

“A beautiful resource for those of us who want to enter more deeply into a prayerful experience of the body. Through a series of thoughtful contemplative practices that bring us to a deepened sense of our own grace, Earle leads the reader gently to a renewed sense of wonder, amazement, and profound gratitude for the gift of being in a body. Highly recommended.” – Christine Valters Paintner, author of The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

 

“Mary Earle helps us see that our bodies are marvelously made, a ‘sacred space,’ where God’s wondrous and mysterious ways can be appreciated contemplatively, with gratitude. But she also takes gratitude to its next step, in suggesting ways of serving others’ bodily needs with compassion and conviction.” – Brian C. Taylor, author of Becoming Christ: Transformation Through Contemplation

 

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.

Celtic Christian Spirituality

$16.99

The Celtic Christians beheld the world around them and perceived the divine life of God as upholding every aspect of the material universe. Their prayers and poems, their liturgies and theological interpretations give Christians a sense of faith that is confident in a merciful and infinitely creative, healing God.

 

In this introduction to Celtic Christian spirituality, Mary Earle presents primary texts from the Celtic Christian tradition — selections from the works of Pelagius, Eriugena and St. Patrick, as well as prayers and poems from Wales, the Outer Hebrides and Ireland. These essential writings direct humanity to read the “book of creation” as well as the Bible, and call us to remember that “matter matters.” Earle’s engaging facing-page commentary explores how faithful Christians and spiritual seekers can take inspiration from this lively tradition’s ways of embodying and living the gospel. Topics include:

  • Creation
  • Daily life and work
  • Incarnation
  • Pilgrimage
  • Blessing
  • Social justice
  • Prayer

 

“With uncanny grace and deftness… [weaves] the soul-wrenching beauty of Celtic spirituality and the joy of contextual understanding into a seamless and deeply satisfying whole. The result, like the biblical Psalter itself, is a loving companion for all the times and seasons of our lives.” – Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours

 

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.

The Desert Mothers – Unabridged Audio Book

$24.95

 

At the dawn of Christianity, holy women went into the wilderness of the deserts of northern Egypt to give themselves totally to lives of prayer. Explore the unique spirituality of the desert mothers, and learn ways to apply their wisdom today.

 

 

“Mary Earle is a modern-day Desert Mother, and we are fortunate, indeed, for her introduction to the Desert Amma’s ancient wisdom, and for her gentle guidance on ways to incorporate that wisdom into contemporary spiritual practices.”

–Debra K. Farrington, author of Hearing with the Heart: A gentle Guide to Descerning God’s Will for Your Life.

 

 

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.

Holy Companions

$16.95

“The Celtic saints lived in times that were uncertain,” Mary Earle and Sylvia Maddox write. Those same saints “offer us a glimpse of lives characterized by a gracious confidence in the living God and a down-to-earth awareness of human need.” So it is no wonder that voices that are centuries old speak to us so freshly today.

 

Journey along with eighteen Celtic saints in Holy Companions, and explore how the lives they lived long ago can shed light on twenty-first-century living. Discover how their spiritual practices, or practices inspired by their writings and teachings, help us become aware of human needs and God’s gracious presence in the face of those needs. These saints of long ago offer us much that is healing and strengthening as we walk with Christ into an unknown future.

 

Holy Companions stands out as an exceptionally well-written and balanced introduction to the saints of this richly personal and deeply corporate tradition. The book successfully guides us into a way of reflecting and praying with these saints as it introduces the stories and legends associated with them.” – John Philip Newell, author and speaker.

 

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.

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Beginning Again – Paperback and Audio Book Set

$40.00 $25.00

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)

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Poetry Combo Deal

$37.95 $30.00

Get both Mary Earle and Christine Valters Paintner’s poetry books here.

Did You Sing Your Song? by Mary Earle

A lifetime of poetry about the land, memories of West Texas, family, and sacredness of life.

When she was a little girl, Mary Earle’s maternal grandmother taught her to listen to the garden in her yard, the creek on the Texas hill country land, the wind in the trees and the stars. Her mother, Mary Colbert, started reading to her as soon as she could sit up, and her mother loved to read poetry out loud. The poems in this book are an offering that comes from years of listening to what the Irish call “the music of what happens.” Mary says, “My hope is that the poems will invite the reader to listen along with me to that music.”

 

Wisdom of Wild Grace by Christine Valters Paintner

At the core of this collection are 30 poems inspired by the stories of kinship between saints and animals. They come mostly from the early Christian desert and Celtic traditions, but also feature later medieval saints like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Julian of Norwich. These stories point to a reverence for a different way of knowing and being in the world, one our world is hungry for. Each poem in this collection is meant to be a doorway to intimacy with our inner wilderness, a call to sit and be present to what we discover beyond the borders of our neatly controlled worlds.

 

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global, ecumenical community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. She is a Benedictine oblate living on the west coast of Ireland with her husband John. Together they lead pilgrimages and retreats in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Austria. Christine is the author of twelve books on spirituality, monastic wisdom, creativity, and the arts including The Artist’s Rule and The Soul’s Slow Ripening.  Her poems have been published in journals in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the UK.

Beginning Again – Book

$16.95

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.

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Days of Grace Book and CD Set

$25.00

In this two item set of the book and audio book of “Days of Grace”, embark with author Mary Earle on a pilgrimage through the psalms, where God invites you to grow into a deeper understanding, compassion and generosity when it comes to living with illness.

 

“If you’re living with illness,” writes author Mary Earle, “you’re entering a school of experience for which our culture offers little wisdom, seeking a way to live with the discomforts and within new limitations that bring you face to face with the fact of your own mortality and prompt you to ask deeper questions about meaning and life, about death and eternity.”

 

With thirty brief meditations — each offering a line from a psalm, a reflection, a short prayer, and a suggested spiritual practice — this book will offer comfort and grace, and the beginning steps into a new way of life.

 

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.

Beginning Again – Audio Book

$24.99

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 a spiritual director, retreat leader, writer, and Episcopal priest. She is the author of The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness, Broken Body, Healing Spirit: Lectio Divina and Living with Illness, and the co-author of Holy Companions: Spiritual Practices from the Celtic Saints.