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About the Author: Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD is online Abbess at AbbeyoftheArts.com and the author of nine books on contemplative practice and creative expression. She lives in Galway, Ireland where she also writes poetry and leads pilgrimages on the wild west coast with her husband John. Christine is a Benedictine oblate, living out her commitment as a monk in the world.



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The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by

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Paperback, Published in Mar 2010 by Sorin Books

ISBN10: 1933495227 | ISBN13: 9781933495224

Page count: 149

Organized around "The Canticle of the Creatures" by St. Francis of Assisi, "Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire" is the first book to consider the ways in which praying with the natural elements can enliven Christian spiritual life. Paintner offers concrete suggestions and guided contemplative exercises; for instance, Paintner suggests that readers take time to "watch the sunrise or sunset and breathe in the beauty of the fiery sky. Contemplate what those beginnings and endings have to say in your own life." Readers benefit from Paintner's extensive training in theology and Benedictine spirituality, as well as her unique work in bringing the expressive arts to spiritual direction.

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