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A fresh and contemporary translation of one of the best loved and influential mystical texts of all time, The Showings of Julian of Norwich brings the message and spirituality of this 14th century mystic to 21st century readers.
Julian of Norwich, a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, was an English anchoress in East Anglia. At the age of 30, suffering from a severe illness and believing she was on her deathbed, Julian had a series of intense visions of Jesus, which she recorded and then expanded on later in her life.
Her message for today's readers is simply this:
• She reveals the feminine face of the Divine and reminds us to see God there.
• All our failings are an opportunity to learn and grow; that they should be honored, but not dwelled upon.
• God's love has nothing to do with love and retribution and everything to do with love and compassion.
• In spite of all appearances, all is well.
“I spent the day with Mirabai and Julian of Norwich. Mirabai's translation—and most importantly, transmission—of Julian of Norwich is sublime. This inspired work reveals the immediate and undeniable Presence that knows itself as divine source and all that is born of Itself. I savored its humility and exaltation. I received its true welcome into the universal, sweet bosom of love. I recommend it with all my heart.” –Gangaji
Daughter of the counterculture, Mirabai Starr was born in New York in 1961 to secular Jewish parents. She has been an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos since 1993. Mirabai speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on the wisdom of the mystics and contemplative practice. Mirabai is also a critically acclaimed author and translator of sacred literature. She teaches and speaks widely on contemplative practice, interspiritual experience, and the transformational power of loss. Her works include Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross, The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life by Teresa of Avila and The Showings of Julian of Norwich, Mother of God Similar to Fire (in collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols) and Contemplations, Prayers, and Living Wisdom (Sounds True). God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam positions her at the forefront of the emerging Interspiritual Movement.