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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

Author: Hildegard of Bingen

Edited by: John Kirvan

Price: $10.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 120

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-977-6

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: January 24, 2020

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Let There Be Light is an easy-to-use devotional that encourages you to experience the light of God in your daily life. This book offers you a personal, thirty-day retreat based on the spiritual insight and wisdom of St. Hildegard of Bingen, the Benedictine who was canonized in 2012 and who became only the fourth woman to be elevated as a Doctor of the Church. Part of the bestselling 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher series, Let There Be Light will help you find your way through the darkness and into the light of divine love.

First published in 1997 and now back in print, Let There Be Light is an excellent prayer companion for busy people who want to root their spiritual practice in the solid ground of St. Hildegard of Bingen’s timeless and timely teachings on living in the light of God. Hildegard (1098–1179) was a renowned Benedictine abbess and a popular preacher, teacher, and healer who has been venerated by Christians for centuries.  She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in May of 2012 and in October of that same year was elevated as a Doctor of the Church.

Rather than a mystic who wrote out of an intense personal experience of God, St. Hildegard is more properly seen as a visionary and a prophet who provides complex images in her writing that are ripe for interpretation. As you reflect on the images offered to her by God, Hildegard offers you a path to live in the light of God each moment of the day.

All titles in the 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher series contain a brief and accessible morning meditation drawn from the author’s writings, a simple mantra for use throughout the day, and a night prayer to focus your thoughts as the day ends.


"A treasure for daily prayer."

"This book is a treasure for daily prayer with suggestions from the twelfth-century luminary St. Hildegard of Bingen for morning, daytime, and evening. I love that the introduction suggests to allow yourself not to figure things out, to rest in paradox and mystery, and to also work with the prayers as fits your own heart’s desires. There are some beautiful passages in here for lectio divina, set with line breaks to deepen their poetic quality, and suggested ways to enter into your imagination. Allow Hildegard to inspire and companion you each day and discover a wise and creative guide in this wonderful resource."

Christine Valters Paintner
Author of The Soul’s Slow Ripening

"Reawakens our imagination, wonder, and awe."

"Let There Be Light not only helps us better understand this incredible saint but also invites us to walk with her through a daily prayer routine that reawakens our imagination, wonder, and awe."

Tommy Tighe
Author of The Catholic Hipster Handbook

"A wonderful book."

"This wonderful book offers us another way to approach God—as the mysterium tremendum, or great mystery—and teaches us a deeper and more powerful way to pray."

Paula Huston
Author of One Ordinary Sunday

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