Between the Dark and the Daylight

Julius McCarter

4.5 Stars

February 27, 2015

Joan Chittister's Between the Dark and the Daylight:  Embracing the Contradictions of Life is one of those books that spiritual directors like myself find reading, marking, digesting, and referring over and over again.  It's such a wonderful account of a Christian spiritual wholeness involves embracing the contradictions of life.  A good life involves consciously embracing whole of our human experience -- even the shadows and tensions of life, what have classically been called "dark nights of the soul".  Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and the Christian spiritual life is the journey of growth that is such growth in Christ.  Jesus' uniqueness came through his hospitality toward others and himself; his willingness to face the dark side of his culture and himself.  And Chittister's beautiful little book highlights many of the ways we moderns might engage the life of Christ in our own living.

Life is filled with polarities, but a Christian who grows in Christ is willing to embrace these as part of what it means to be fully human.  Indeed, Irenaeus maintained that the glory of God is someone fully alive.  Between the Dark and the Daylight expands that idea to embrace the "contradictions"of contemporary life as part of that glory of God.

Chittister's Between the Dark and the Daylight is an antidote to the cramped spirituality and politics that is destroying the church, alienating seekers, and fracturing our nation.  And it serves as a great guide for living the Christian life in the midst of all those contradictions.

This is a book I'll read again and again and refer often.

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