July 25, 2017

A review of Mary’s book on Julian of Norwich, by Carl McColman

“For readers who may want a more concise introduction to Julian’s wisdom, with annotations to amplify the meaning, Mary C. Earle’s Julian of Norwich: Selections from Revelations of Divine Love—Annotated & Explained (Skylight Paths) offers an insightful overview of the anchoress’s main themes. It’s part of the “Skylight Illuminations” series from Skylight Paths Publishers, a series of a variety of sacred texts and mystical writings from the world’s great traditions, arranged with selections from the text on one page and annotations on the facing page. It’s a user-friendly way to read an annotated text, and since it only consists of selections, which are arranged topically, it’s a great overview of Julian’s thought. Chapter topics include “Images of God,” “Our Relationship to God,” “Prayer and Faith,” and of course, the two points for which Julian is most renowned: “The Motherhood of God” and “All Shall Be Well.” Earle’s commentary is insightful but not overly academic, making this a superb overview of this mystic’s thought.”  (from Carl McColman’s blog entry “Three Wonderful New Julian of Norwich Books” http://www.carlmccolman.com/2013/10/10/three-wonderful-new-julian-of-norwich-books/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook)