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Pilgrimage to Dzhvari: A Woman's Journey to Spiritual Awakening.

Patricia McCarty is copy editor at NCR and lives in Kansas City, Mo.

I am fond of journals and other testimonials to God's ways with us. That goes way back to Thomas Merton's Seven Storey Mountain. One book I like, The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women (Bantam Books, $20 hardcover), is a communal offering of insight and wisdom gathered by the authors in five years of traveling, interviewing women and writing. Sherry Ruth Anderson and Patricia Hopkins include important material about solitude, friendship and the time it takes to create a centered life.

Another book, Pilgrimage to Dzhvari: A Woman's Journey of Spiritual Awakening, by Valeria Alfeyeva (Bell Tower, $22 hardcover) is the story of a Moscow writer who, accompanied by her teenage son, spends time at a remote Orthodox monastery inhabited by four monks in the Soviet republic of Georgia in the last days of the communist regime. There is a lot the author doesn't tell about her life before her visit to the monastery or what is going on in the nation outside the monastery. So this isn't a Seven Storey Mountain.

Nevertheless, when the evening news brings reports of partisan clashes in Georgian cities, it is good to let Alfeyeva talk to me of Orthodox liturgies in dimly lit sanctuaries and walks in the mountains in a part of the world I know too little about
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Author:McCarty, Patricia
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Date:Nov 19, 1993
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