Carol Lee Flinders is one of the few people out there of whom (for whom?) I’d read just about anything she writes. She’s asking certain kinds of questions that almost nobody else out there is, and there’s very much general spiritual nourishing yumminess in her work. In any case, she’s got a new book out, and it’s looking pretty tasty:
Enduring Lives : Portraits of Women and Faith in Action
(gacked from Amazon):In Enduring Lives, the sister volume to her bestselling classic Enduring Grace, Carol Lee Flinders draws riveting portraits of women who are the spiritual great-granddaughters of the female mystics and saints profiled in Enduring Grace. Flinders explores the spiritual journeys of:
– Jane Goodall, a world-renowned scientist, environmentalist, and humanitarian, whose groundbreaking work runs parallel to a deeply realized spiritual vision for our times.
– Etty Hillesum, a Jewish intellectual in Amsterdam who documented in her diaries an abiding vision for the eventual triumph of human good over evil, even as she faced the horror of Auschwitz.
– Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun who befriended death-row inmates and accompanied them to their ends with the grace of her certainty that “God dwells in the people that we most want to throw away.” (Sister Helen Prejean was portrayed by Susan Sarandon in the Oscar-winning film Dead Man Walking.)
– Tenzin Palmo, a Tibetan Buddhist nun, whose twelve years of meditation in a Himalayan cave led her to emerge with a road map for ending human suffering.