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A Simplified Life: A Contemporary Hermit's Experience of Solitude and Silence

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Today, as increasing numbers of people try to make sense of their lives in the face of unexpected or unlooked for change, this direct and compelling memoir by someone who has voluntarily embraced a life of radical simplicity and solitude is a real message for our times. What makes a young, Cambridge educated woman first join a religious order and then, if that were not ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 20th 2012 by Canterbury Press (first published July 30th 2010)
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Gail
Dec 17, 2013 Gail rated it it was ok
I was quite delighted to discover this book - the story of an Angican nun turned hermit. I was curious to read an account of modern hermit life, in a society where hermits are generally seen as a thing of the past. How difficult would it be to adapt? How would a person change over the years? How would a person's faith grow and develop? What sort of things would a person miss?

However, the book really didn't answer these questions. Well, there was a bit about how she was scared of snakes, even kno
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Jun 24, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it
The cover photo here is completely misleading - a quiet lake or swamp or something? No - Verena Schiller went to go live in a shack near the churning ocean of the Welsh coast, with a view of a huge rock Island called Bardsey, which has been a place for contemplatives and hermits for hundreds of years. Schiler became a hermit after being an Anglican nun in community for many years. She records her personal experiences and a history of the land she lived on, and of hermits and contemplatives in ...more
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