Judith Valente
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Award winning Journalist, Poet, Author and Producer Judith Valente offers intervals of silence, contemplation and contemporary spirituality to busy professionals all over the world.

Between regular contributions to PBS, NPR and the NPR affiliate in Central Illinois, WGLT Radio, she has published two widely acclaimed poetry collections, edited an anthology of poems and has recently completed a nonfiction book on monastic life and it's application for people in the work world.  Read her biography here.

Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith, named Catholic Press Association's "Best Spirituality Book in Paperback, and one of Religion Newswriters Association's "Three Best Spirituality Books of the Year", is available on Amazon.comBarnes & Noble and the Sorin Books website.

  Her other new book, co-written with Trappist Brother Paul Quenon, and Michael Bever, titled "The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed," was also a Catholic Press Association award winner. 

  "The Art of Pausing is a unique book for people who know they need to slow down but aren't sure how to do it. The three authors use the Japanese art of haiku poetry to reflect on the 99 Names for God found in many faith traditions, each poem coupled with a verbal or photographic reflection. This is the perfect gift for yourself or for anyone you love who is "overworked and overwhelmed," which is most of us on most of our days."

Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, author of "Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life On-the-Job"
"This is a generous book about an exceptionally generous community of women. Valente allows the reader to feel the warmth of Benedictine hospitality. It is a powerful thing to be accepted as we are, with all our faults and troubles, by people who are willing to listen. Valente is a good storyteller, and fortunately for us, these women are willing to share their stories and insights." 

-- Kathleen Norris, author of "Cloister Walk" and "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography."
"Seldom is spiritual reading so readable as it is here! There will be very few who do not find her journey helpful to their own."

-- Richard Rohr, OFM, author of  "The Naked Now"
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"This honest and deeply reflective book, which implicitly critiques the myths of success by which so many live and are haunted, deserves a wide audience."

-- Publishers Weekly, August 12, 2013.