• Between the Dark and the Daylight

  • Embracing the Contradictions of Life
  • By: Joan Chittister
  • Narrated by: Mary Ann Jacobs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Between the Dark and the Daylight explores the concerns of modern life, of the overworked mind and hurting heart. These are the paradoxical - and often frustrating - moments when our lives feel at odds with everything around us. Only by embracing the contradictions, Chittister contends, may we live well amid stress, withstand emotional storms, and satisfy our yearnings for something transcendent and real.

By delving into the chaos, this audiobook guides us through the questions that seemed easier to avoid and enlightens what has been out of focus. With simple and poignant meditations, Between the Dark and the Daylight reveals how we can better understand ourselves, one another, and God.

©2015 Joan Chittister (P)2015 Franciscan Media

Critic Reviews

"The paradoxes that confound life can transform it. This the most poetic writing yet from a woman who is a modern prophet." (Judith Valente, author, Atchison Blue and correspondent for Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on PBS-TV)

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For the open minded person

If you are a person with an open mind this is a great book. Loved it.

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Mixed impacts

Some of the chapters are profound. Others didn't speak to me. The insights from those that did were well worth the time.

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Deep thoughts in journal entry style

Narration was a bit sing-song with a lisp which distracted from the meaning of the words. Content was fine, but I wish I had gotten the print version because the sentence structure was complex and required more thoughtfulness in its consumption than I was able to get through the narration.

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A breath of fresh air

This book touches a tender, vulnerable part of the soul and does so with gentleness.

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I liked The Gift of Years more.

Very good...but not as meaningful to me as The Gift of Years by Sr. Joan.

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Packed with Wisdom

If you could sum up Between the Dark and the Daylight in three words, what would they be?

Clear, wise, companion

What other book might you compare Between the Dark and the Daylight to and why?

Any books on soul stirrings

What does Mary Ann Jacobs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice is pleasant to listen to and her diction is clear. I have the book but made greater progress with the audio version and use the book for reference.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, this book has many chapters and much to take in. However, the more I listened to it in greater chunks of time, the easier it became to follow along.

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The title is a great metaphor for exploring the stirrings of the soul in times of interior conflict. Deciphering soul language is an art in itself. Sr. Joan brings a lifetime of wisdom to her work: so very grateful she takes the time and effort to share it in book form.

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out of touch

just another older person ranting about the state of the world today. no understanding of what it means to not have the privileges that most of the citizens of the United States enjoy. it's easy to live a life when people are feeding you and you have no worry about housing. I don't think this book has much to offer young people.

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Love Her Perspective!

I liked this book. I like how Sister Joan teaches us to be more open minded. She shows us how to love and be loved. She brings light and another perspective on many of the issues that face our world today. There is hope if we choose to see it.

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  • 07-05-20

Started OK till she quoted George Soros

I was starting to enjoy this book until she quoted George Soros in a favourable light. I just couldn’t continue reading the book after that. Of all the people Joan could have quoted, why choose George Soros?