Experience "the fiery life of Divine Wisdom" through the rich and varied writings of one of the most accomplished women in Christian history.
Hildegard of Bingenvisionary, abbess, composer, dramatist, poet and healerwas the brilliant and passionate precursor of many of the great women mystics of the Middle Ages. Her body of work is unusually expansive in terms of genre and subject matter for any theologian of her time, and includes powerful descriptions of her visions, advice to influential nobles and royalty, theological correspondence with fellow manastics, liturgical songs, and medical and scientific works.
Hildegard's strong personality and vivid spiritual experiences still speak to readers within the church as well as those who are not formally religious but who have an interest in mysticism, the spiritual life, and feminist and eco-spiritualities, or who are drawn to Hildegard through the arts, particularly her music.
This unique introduction to Hildegard's world and writings presents a wide range of her texts grouped by theme, providing a deeper understanding of this influential spiritual figure than can single-themed collections. Insightful and instructive annotations provide historical background and place selections within the wider context of Hildegard's understanding of the spiritual life and the natural world.
About the Author
Dr. Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, an Episcopal priest, is a popular teacher, speaker and retreat leader on topics related to Christian spirituality, mysticism, social activism and interreligious encounter. A professor of practical theology at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Lincoln University, and professor of Anglican studies at Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, she is author of Hildegard of Bingen: Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian MysticAnnotated & Explained and PilgrimageThe Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart , among other books.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Living LightPart 2: Blazing FirePart 3: Divine LovePart 4: Holy WisdomPart 5: Spiritual CommunityPart 7: God's CreationPart 8: Celestial HarmonyPart 9: Healing SciencesPart 10: Women's HealthPart 11: Worldly WitnessThe Works of Hildegard of BingenA Note on SourcesNotesSuggested Resources