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Online Read ⚧ Author Abbie Reese ⚽ Through Reese s narrative and photographs, and the nuns oral histories, we are allowed a rare opportunity to encounter the members of this enclosed order of contemplative nuns, glimpsing their individual pasts and observing their collective and individual present this book tells important stories that explain experiences and lend meaning to the diversity of religious life Carmen M Mangion, Oral History a fine example of this desire to reimagine the oral history book Reese s book combines various elements that make it than the sum of its parts The book s author carefully combines analytical text, individual narratives, and photos I particularly valued the ways that Reese sought to give back, or be of service, to her interview partners and the source community as a whole I appreciated the author s reflexive style of writing and the balance she struck between her method and the stories of her interview partners As an oral historian, I found that this book resonated with me a great deal Steven High, Oral History Review Here is holiness that does not lose sight of humanity for how joyfully the Poor Clares can be seen in these moments Abbie Reese s imagery shares the evocative light emblematic of Dutch master painters she reveals a subject that is both richly spiritual as well as handsomely grounded in the most fascinating moments of secular time Anthony Bannon, Director, Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, and emeritus director, George Eastman House As a photographer and storyteller, Abbie s work has the ability to peer into people s lives She is not a voyeur, as is often the case with photographers desiring to be in vogue , but one who cares about people and desires to bring others to a broader understanding of the human condition The model of searching for truth that the nuns present, while not something everyone would want to follow, can serve as a model for anyone interested in contributing to the world in their own way The nuns stories should be of interest to anyone sincerely seeking to understand the human condition We have a wonderful, awesome, and very troubled world It is filled with miracles and horrors and we need talented, dedicated people with heart, vision, and determination to tell its stories Abbie is one of these people, and the world is better for that Steve Rowland, two time Peabody winning documentary producer Reese s narrative, based on six years of meticulous interviews, allows us to hear cloistered nuns own voices and see their interior and exterior lives in all of their complexity Reese explores the Poor Clare Colettines resolve not to be erased from the landscape but instead to serve as the agents of change that they are This is a new and fresh view of the cloistered life, a welcome contribution to the growing body of literature on the lives of women religious Debra Campbell, author of Graceful Exits Catholic Women and the Art of Departure So often, descriptions of cloistered religious life for women are written by the woefully uniformed those smitten by the otherworldliness of the monastery To correct these misperceptions, a methodology is needed to study enclosed religious life from the inside, while also respecting the canonical boundaries of the cloister In Dedicated to God, Abbie Reese interviews nuns of the strict Colettine Poor Clare Monastery in Rockford, Illinois What results is a poignant account of vocation stories, monastic challenges, and everyday living For those wishing to understand the dynamics of a life lived totally for God, this book reveals the mystic journey as profoundly human, deeply simple, and ever rooted in the human divine love of Jesus Christ Joan Mueller, author of A Companion to Clare of Assisi Life, Writings, and SpiritualityAs a subculture, cloistered monastic nuns live hidden from public view by choice Once a woman joins the cloister and makes final vows, she is almost never seen and her voice is not heard her story is essentially nonexistent in the historical record and collective, public history From interviews conducted over six years, Abbie Reese tells the stories of the Poor Clare Colettine Order, a cloistered contemplative order at the Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford, Illinois Seldom leaving their 25,000 square foot gated enclosure, members of this community embrace an extreme version of poverty and anonymity a separation that enables them to withdraw from the world to devote their lives to prayer This removal, they contend, allows them to have a greater impact on humanity than if they maintained direct contact with loved ones and strangers Dedicated to God explores individual and cultural identity through oral history interviews with several generations of nuns, focusing on the origins and life stories of the women who have chosen to become members of one of the strictest religious orders But the narrative is also one of a collective memory and struggle against extinction and modernity, a determination to create community within the framework of ancient rules The author s stunning photographs of their dual worlds, religious and quotidian, add texture to the narrative This artistic and ethnographic work highlights the countercultural values and dedication of individuals who, at incredible personal cost, live for love of God and humanity, out of faith in what cannot be seen, and with the belief that they will be rewarded in the afterlife. Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns eBook: Abbie Reese: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns eBook: Abbie Reese: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
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- 259 pages
- Abbie Reese
- 06 June 2017 Abbie Reese