Paperback: 284 pages, $18.00
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Publication Date: September 2014
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Nine Jewels of Night
“If you heed a spark to follow a voice within that you have no words to articulate, or if you are just curious about what it means to be a person of faith undefined by conventional religious terms, read this book.”
Nine Jewels of Night is a profoundly moving personal account of theologian and spiritual teacher Beverly Lanzetta’s search for a new expression of the eternal quest for truth. With open-hearted storytelling, she chronicles her growing restlessness to answer a spiritual call until on a gorgeous autumn day, in her twenty-ninth year, she is converted by a series of revelations beyond the boundaries of established religions to the one reality at the heart of all religions, and to an entirely singular path of contemplation.
Lanzetta’s compelling and intimate portrayal of the ensuing thirty-eight years invites you to reflect on your own spiritual path as it gently draws you into questions about the nature of God, the monastic heart, suffering, the inner dimensions of mystical experience, composing a contemplative life, following a radical path of devotion, the search for solitude, trusting one’s inner voice, loving the Divine, and being empty of self.
This is a love story of infinite intimacy-a story of how Beverly Lanzetta has come to love and be loved by the “Unnameable.” This work is imbued with a poignancy that is reminiscent of other well known spiritual autobiographies, particularly Augustine’s Confessions and Merton’s The Seven Story Mountain. Beautiful and moving. Indeed, I found it to be so beautiful and moving that I marked numerous pages for future reference. -Brother Gregory Perron, OSB
When you’re seeking what is authentic, what is true, books have a way of falling into your path. Nine Jewels of Night is such a book. Written by Beverly Lanzetta, it is both memoir and revelatory wisdom text. Lanzetta interweaves an account of her life as a contemporary woman, scholar, mother of four, and mystic, with the deep spiritual experiences that led her to construct a new understanding of divine consciousness. Nine Jewels of Night depicts both the suffering and the joy of being human in a body that is not separate from the spirit, of being embodied in the secular not separate from the sacred. Lanzetta speaks of direct communion with God unmediated by religious authorities, and the oppression that spiritual hierarchies within traditional religions have wrought on women and men who hear a call to know a greater reality than our institutions permit. If you heed a spark to follow a voice within that you have no words to articulate, or if you are just curious about what it means to be a person of faith undefined by conventional religious terms, read this book. -Sarah Stein Associate Professor of Communication, North Carolina State University
An authentic mystic of our time, Beverly Lanzetta reveals her soul; a soul with passion for divine love that opens the door to a deeper understanding of the truth and beauty found in global spirituality. Here is one of the many marvelous passages in the book that is poetic, deeply personal, and of particular importance in our world: ‘During the midnight grace of my transformation, when stars stood still and stones were soft, I was given an injunction: Do not privilege one religion over another. The claim of absolute truth or exclusive salvation violated the secret teachings of love, tearing a hole in the fabric of creation and wounding the universal heart.’ Read this book if you want to nourish the mystic in you. -Harold Kasimow, George A. Drake Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, Grinnell College