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Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith

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In this meditative spiritual memoir, Judith Valente, celebrated PBS religion journalist and celebrated poet, invites readers along on her transformative pilgrimages to Mount St. Scholastica monastery in Atchison, Kansas. The Benedictine sisters who invited Valente presented her with a view of monastic life and wisdom that brought spiritual healing to her fast-paced life--a ...more
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Published August 26th 2013 by Sorin Books
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Mary
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spiritual-memoir
I'm wondering why my rating is so far from the others. I like reading spiritual autobiographies and was introduced to the specific genre of visits to monasteries by The Genesee Diary (Henri Nouwen) years ago. I may have read it three times at this point. I also very much appreciated The Cloister Walk (Kathleen Norris) and her recommendation made me think I would appreciate this "search for silence, a spiritual home, and a living faith."

Did I read more than once that the author was close to a Pul
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Paula Vince
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Judith Valente is a PBS correspondent with a hectic job of jetsetting around conducting interviews and working with others. She decided to take time out to spend with the sisters of the Mt. St. Scholastica Monastery at a quiet town called Atchison. As I'd often wondered about what happens within the walls of such places, this sounded like an interesting book to read. Did the sisters in "The Sound of Music" romanticise the lifestyle? If so, to what extent?

The book did reveal a bit about how long
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Barb
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully-written treatment of a middle-aged woman's repeated pilgrimages to a Benedictine monastery. It was at once honest, inspiring, irritating, heartwarming and challenging. As the memoir went on, I began to suspect that Valente was using the monastery as a way not to step back from the challenges of her life (specifically, family relationships) but to escape them.
Heather
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peace, discovery, acknowledgement, acceptance, flaws, frustrations, observations and so much more highlight the Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica.

In a bracingly honest manner, Judith Valente reveals her enchantment, her respect, her wonderment, and her struggles with peace and spirituality in the context of the monastery in Atchison Kansas.

Highly recommended reading!
Bridget
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
This is a lovely book. The author shares with us her visits to a Benedictine monastery - Mount St. Scholastica - in Atchison, Kansas, where she finds she is able to learn so much. She initially visits to see if she can take a break from her hectic, noisy life. But she returns again and again because she finds the place and the sisters there to be transforming in her life.

The book is a memoir of her visits, varying in length and in time of year, but each one giving her something about herself to
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Sarah
This book was a complete surprise to me. A whap-to-the-side-of-the-head walloping shocker. Why? I'm not completely sure, but the surprise was delightful and refreshing. It's good writing, for one thing, and it's also honest in a way that I appreciated. So much of Valente's story and struggles resonated with me.

It's by award-winning PBS correspondent Judith Valente and is, at heart, a story well-told. It's a story of struggle, of questioning, of seeking. It's a tale of lost and found, with a Bene
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Katherine
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-non-fiction
I read this book for Scripps Book Club. I had a lot of trouble having any sympathy for the narrator who seemed a bit of a whiner. However, I was amazed at the Benedictine nuns of Mount St. Scholastica monastery. Their life was a far cry from the movie image I have of nuns. These are not cloistered nuns but active in the world, drink wine and play poker. The dedicated, conscious community they have chosen to live in was extremely appealing to me. Their wisdom, while obviously based in Christianit ...more
Jodie
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
I didn't know much about what living as a nun in a monastery would be like, especially one in Atchison, Kansas. I thought the nuns would be quiet and detached from the world. Turns out I was quite wrong. Judith Valente lived with the nuns at St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, because she found a solace and peace there as well as smart, funny, engaged, spiritual women who inspired her to become a Benedictine oblate. The nuns at St. Scholastica are trying to make the world a better place by focu ...more
Erica
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
A nice read around Easter. I enjoyed reading about the mount in which I’m already pretty familiar and learning some new things about the Catholic faith, but the author’s own story was not enjoyable for me. 2.5 ⭐ ...more
John
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just starting to re-read along with The Mystical Way in the Fourth Gospel by L. William Countryman. Found them on my book shelf today along with Maya Angelou's Mother-- A Cradle to Hold Me, the last Mother's Day gift I gave mom before she passed on.
Jenny
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. It is such an insightful look into Benedictine life.
Sarah
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-list
This book was a complete surprise to me. A whap-to-the-side-of-the-head walloping shocker. Why? I'm not completely sure, but the surprise was delightful and refreshing. It's good writing, for one thing, and it's also honest in a way that I appreciated. So much of Valente's story and struggles resonated with me.

It's by award-winning PBS correspondent Judith Valente and is, at heart, a story well-told. It's a story of struggle, of questioning, of seeking. It's a tale of lost and found, with a Bene
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Dana
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading this book I felt like I was wearing a warm and fuzzy blanket! It gave me the feeling of a warm embrace, especially on these cold winter mornings.There is not anything extraordinary about the author's personal situation except how she connects it with her experiences in Atchinson, Kansas. It was how she linked the two that captured me! I absolutely love the book and this wonderful community of sisters. So much love and wisdom housed in one place! The author also craftfully inspired ...more
Jo Ann
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book about the author's search for peace, forgiveness, healing, quiet, at Mount St. Scholastica Convent in Atchison, Kansas, where I attended college. It was like "going home." I knew the terrain well - both the physical terrain, as well as the spiritual, uniquely Benedictine, one. I remember many of the sisters the author spoke of, and am friends with some of them. In the busyness of life, I long to return there as an adult, and loved the author's descriptions and journey. T ...more
Lynne
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
The book tells of Ms. Valente's many visits to Mount St. Scholastica convent for personal retreats. What I found most interesting was that some of the sisters who were there when I was a student in the college long associated with the Mount were a part of her narrative. The scenes, the sisters, the church services...all brought back wonderful memories of my two years at MSSC.
Benjamin
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book from a new friend and a delightful read. A simple story of interacting with the monastic women at Mt. St. Scholastica in Atchison. I live not far away and have walked the monastery there myself, talking with some of the women and marveling at their life.
Cynthia
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A worthy read for those interested in the spiritual life and its development, monastic life or balancing one's busyness with times for silence, reflection and prayer. Full review coming soon on cynthiasmeyer@wordpress.com .
Ruth
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Judith was like most of us; busy most of the time, but she met the sisters at Mount St. Scholastica and learned slow down and appreciate both the people in her life and God's creation. Full review at http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2013... after 9/1/13
Helen
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful, meditative, even prayerful book - for all of us still on the journey.
M.j. Radosevich
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Prefer the spiritual reflective writing of Kathleen Norris(Cloister Walk, Dakota). However, Valente's writing does justice to the benefits of a monastic retreat with the Benedictine community.
Margaret Lewis
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and lyrical book. Thought-provoking and compassionate.
Jamie Whiteley
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Honest, beautiful and a breathtaking tribute to the lives of the nuns on the Mount.
Debbie
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book for the universal wisdom it contains, and for the enlightening description of life in a Benedictine Monastery.
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Judith Valente is an awarding-winning print and broadcast journalist, poet and essayist. Her new book How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community was just published by Hampton Roads Publishing.

Ms. Valente began her work in journalism at the age of 21 as a staff reporter for The Washington Post. She later joined the staff of The Wall Street Journal,
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“too. A monastery is like a mirror we hold up to the soul. It reflects back to us our weaknesses, struggles, flaws. But by looking deeply into that mirror, we can come face-to-face with an answer.” 0 likes
“The sisters run a thumb across their lips, make the Sign of the Cross, and sing, “Lord, open my lips and I shall proclaim your praise.” These are the first words they speak each morning: a call for praise.” 0 likes
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