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A Lesson of Love: The Revelations of Julian of Norwich

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A translation by Fr. John-Julian, OJN, from the Middle English of Julian of Norwich
Paperback, Unabridged edition, 312 pages
Published January 5th 2003 by Writers Club Press (first published May 1988)
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Jennifer
Sep 01, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I had previously read the original version of this book which is in very archaic English. I knew that to get true value out of what Julian had to say I needed a more modern version, and this one is excellent. In his introduction, the translator calls Julian a "thelogoical optimist." She recounts her encounter with a loving Jesus who told her that "all will be well." There is much inspiration and food for thought in this volumne. The language is almost poetical. I loved the way she balanced the ...more
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A lyrical translation of this medieval classic, arranged in sense lines and separated into small segments for daily reading. Julian begins with a series of very concrete, specific visions of Christ's Passion, experienced during severe illness, and in her reflections moves slowly into the highest depths of theology. The translator is the founder of the Order of Julian of Norwich, an order of contemplative monastics in the Episcopal Church U.S.A. which includes both men and women.
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Jun 08, 2016 Harry Allagree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most important book, outside the Bible & possibly The Imitation of Christ, for my spiritual life that I've ever read. Julian was the first woman to write in the English language. To have written such wisdom with such insight in the 14th century is beyond remarkable. I'm sure it will remain a companion to me long into the future!
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Hard to judge a book on religious matters ... what is good for some may not be for others, but I gained some new insights, and I do think the translation is a good one. If you compare the original with this, you can see the translator (Fr. John-Julian, OJN) did a lot of work to make it more readable, and, if anything, enhancing the sense of the words, as well.
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Julian of Norwich was the most important English mystic of the 14th century. Her spirituality is strongly Trinitarian and basically Neoplatonic.

In her Revelations of Divine Love Julian relates that in May 1373, when she was 30 years old, she suffered a serious illness. After she had been administered extreme unction, she received 16 revelations within the span of a few hours. When she wrote her Re
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