Julian of Norwich: Showings (Classics of Western Spirituality)

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Julian, an anchoress who lived in solitude in Norwich, England in the late 14th century, received the 16 "showings" or revelations of God's love in a series of experienced visions. The first version was a short text. The second, longer version was apparently written some years after the first, when she had had time to pray and reflect about the teachings God had given her.
In the light of their thirteen years of work on the critical edition of Showings, Colledge and Walsh give us this first modern English rendering from the place of Julian's teaching in Catholic Spirituality. The editors present Julian as a skilled theologian and master of rhetorical style. Jean Leclercz, the noted monk, writer, and medievalist, in his preface addresses himself to the question, "Why is this an important work today?"
Showings reveals a Julian who experienced God directly and not self-consciously as "our mother." Her revelations of the feminine side of God represent a significant contribution to the tradition. Her graphic visions of the humanity of Christ are marked by vivid imagery and detail. But the special appeal of Julian lies in her theology of the all- embracing fullness of divine love. Julian is certainly a warm and approachable companion for the mystical journey.

Product Details

  • Series: Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; 59466th edition (January 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809120917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809120918
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Four Stars

 on February 14, 2016
Best translation and commentary. Good background information provided. Plenty to meditate on.

Five Stars

 on July 25, 2016
By peter tydeman
required reading on julian

One of the most important books I’ve ever read and …

 on August 19, 2016
By Ken
One of the most important books I’ve ever read and continue to read annually, especially during the season Lent. Don’t fail to read this one.

There is a fare amount of what I would call "Churchifieng" in the first half but the long version of Julians "Showings" (include

One person found this helpful.
 on October 12, 2016
By Pete D
Exceptional!! If you have sought to be enlivened by spirituality this is the book for you! There is a fare amount of what I would call “Churchifieng” in the first half but the long version of Julians “Showings” (included) is truely bliss at its best. Truth has a way of bringing the “bugs” out of the woodwork as it were (the first half “introduction” section) but then freedom is a major threat to power. Just believe what Julian heard and you life will change…. and do pass it on!!!!

Five Stars

 on December 8, 2014
By Douglas V. Johnson II
Hard read, harder do

Four Stars

 on September 25, 2014
By Wade Floyd
It’s great!


One person found this helpful.
 on April 23, 2013
By May
It was wonderful. It helped me understand the mysticism in a different angle. I recommend strongly to those who want to deepen their relationship with the Lord, God and increase their faith in God.

Five Stars

 on August 5, 2015
By luna luz
All will be well. Here’s why . . .

Ahh, Julian

 on July 18, 2014
By joan nunnery
I love her so have to give it a five. Hoping I can grow into it.

Julian’s showings

9 people found this helpful.
 on September 1, 2014
By Greg
Julian of Norwich is something of a mystery – despite producing a magnificent work of theological reflection and spirituality in her ‘Revelations’, little is known about who she actually was, where she came from, and her background. Despite conjecture, what can be said is she was an enclosed young anchoress living in the great flowering of mysticism in England in the late Middle Ages. In this respect she stands beside English spiritual giants such as Walter Hilton, the writer of the Cloud corpus, John Wycliffe and Cardinal Newman.

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