The Soul’s Slow Ripening

12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred

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Publication date: September 7, 2018

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What does God want for your life?

Christine Valters Paintner, bestselling Catholic author and online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, uses reflections, stories, guided activities, prayer experiences, and a variety of creative arts to help you patiently and attentively listen to God’s invitation.

Everyone wants to understand God’s will for their lives. Christine Valters Paintner shares one of the most ancient paths to understanding from her study of monasticism and immersion into Celtic spirituality while living in Ireland. The Celtic way, which Paintner distills into twelve practices, offers discernment that focuses on the environment rather than the intellectual focus present in other forms of discernment. It allows for what Paintner calls the “soul’s slow ripening,” coming into the fullness of our own sweetness before we pluck the fruit.

Each chapter begins with a story of a particular Irish saint—some well-known like Patrick or Brigid, others less so, such as Ita and Ciaran—and then introduces a helpful practice for discernment that the saint’s life illustrates. Paintner explores the call of dreams, the importance of thresholds, the practice of peregrination (wandering for the love of God), walking the rounds, learning by heart, soul friends, blessing each moment, and the wisdom of the landscape and the seasons. Readers are invited to explore these concepts through photography and writing. She invites us to contemplative walks with specific themes along with poetic writing prompts for expression.

As you explore an alternate way of discerning a spiritual path—one which honors the moment-by-moment invitations and the soul’s seasonal rhythms—you will discover that this book will help you become more aligned with creativity and wholeness.

Product Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781932057102

Imprint: Sorin Books

  • “I cannot recommend enough this practical guide to soul-making.”

    “In The Soul's Slow Ripening, Christine Valters Painter provides a series of practices inspired by the Irish traditions that will help readers, as she says, live into 'new ways of being' by pursuing such helpful practices as working with dreams, going on pilgrimages, having a soul friend, and seeking solitude. I cannot recommend enough this practical guide to soul-making.”

    Edward C. Sellner
    Author of Wisdom of the Celtic Saints

  • “A wonderful mix of stories and practices.”

    “Celtic Spirituality is an embodied spirituality—a path of poetry, creativity, and intuition. Christine Valters Paintner guides the wisdom of the Celts straight into the heart with her wonderful mix of stories and practices. The Soul's Slow Ripening shows us the way to walk this ancient path today.”

    Carl McColman
    Author of Befriending Silence

  • “Rich, multi-layered text.”

    “What a delight to encounter this rich, multi-layered text in which we are given practices informed by Celtic spirituality and the lives of the Celtic saints! Meant for savoring, The Soul’s Slow Ripening invites us to remember insights treasured by Celtic Christians and to incorporate those ways of praying into daily life.”

    Mary C. Earle
    Author of Celtic Christian Spirituality

  • “A threshold experience.”

    “The Soul’s Slow Ripening is a threshold experience you didn’t know your soul was longing for. But then, you crack the cover, turn the pages, and watch in wonder as Christine Valters Paintner takes you gently by the hand and invites you to walk in, and through, and around twelve heart-expanding Celtic practices. Along the way, you realize that you, too, have a wild and sacred Celtic heart.”

    Janet Conner
    Host of The Soul-Directed Life and author of Find Your Soul’s Purpose

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