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The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Sister Joan continues to share her fire with readers. This little book is about prophetic spirituality. Joan claims there are prophets walking among us, persons who show us ways to be mindful, compassionate and willing to speak up for minorities, for women, for children and underprivileged people. There are convinced and convincing persons who challenge us to “wake up, stand up and speak up” to do what is right. (“I think differently about that”… is a good start to a dialogue. It takes courage.)

The chapters outline numerous qualities that can keep us motivated, nudged, pushed and moving, even when we are discouraged and disappointed. The author lists risk, self-giving, patience, confidence, wisdom, faith, insight, vision, audacity and urges us to DO something! “Prophets do not tiptoe around truth,” she says. “Prophets do not judge. They seek change. Some plant, some water and some will harvest.” This book is full of hope.

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister (Convergent, NY: 2019. 139 pages).

 

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