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Julian of Norwich: The Showings
Uncovering the Face of the Feminine in Revelations of Divine Love
Mirabai Starr, Foreword by: Richard Rohr
ISBN: 9781642970364
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
6 x 9 Inches
256 pages
April 1, 2022
Previously Published As: Showings of Julian of Norwich: A New Translation


“As a major fan and promoter of Julian of Norwich, whom I call ‘my favorite mystic,’ it is genuinely exciting to find such a faithful but freeing translation of Julian's long-lost Showings. Now they are no longer lost—for anyone!” —Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation

"Julian of Norwich’s teachings are sorely needed to balance out the pessimism and patriarchal overload we find in today's culture and religion. Mirabai's translation is fresh and readable, helping to render Julian very alive and edgy still after all these years." —Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing

"In the Middle English original, Julian's expression was colloquial, vivid, and direct, shot through with lyricism and joy; Mirabai Starr has provided contemporary readers with a modern English rendering that is all of that. What a splendid gift!" —Carol Lee Flinders, author of Enduring Grace

"Julian of Norwich's Showings shines with luminous mystical wisdom--and Mirabai Starr's lovely and engaging translation of this medieval masterpiece makes it more accessible than ever." —Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Answering the Contemplative Call 
In this contemporary translation of one of the most beloved and influential mystical texts of all time, Julian of Norwich: The Showings brings the message and spirituality of this 14th-century mystic to 21st-century readers. Revelations of Divine Love, the first book published in English attributed to a woman, is also included.
Julian of Norwich, a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, was an English anchoress in East Anglia. At the age of 30, suffering from a severe illness and believing she was on her deathbed, Julian had a series of intense visions of Jesus, which she recorded and then expanded on later in her life. In her visions, God was not angry and wrathful. Instead, the three properties of God were presented as life, love, and light, and all of His creation was good, including his servant, man. In Julian's version, man is not to blame for his sin; sin is something that he must experience and overcome in his spiritual journey with God.
Her message for today's readers is simply this:
  • She reveals the feminine face of the Divine and reminds us to see God there.
  • All our failings are an opportunity to learn and grow; they should be honored, but not dwelled upon.
  • God's love has nothing to do with love and retribution and everything to do with love and compassion.
  • In spite of all appearances, all is well.
This book contains some of the most profound spiritual writing ever written and remains a perennial favorite among Christians.
This book was previously published as The Showings of Julian of Norwich. This new edition includes a foreword by Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upwards.

Daughter of the counterculture, Mirabai was born in New York in 1961 to secular Jewish parents. She has been an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos since 1993. Mirabai speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on the wisdom of the mystics and contemplative practice.

Mirabai Starr is a critically acclaimed author and translator of sacred literature. She teaches and speaks widely on contemplative practice, interspiritual experience, and the transformational power of loss. Her works include Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross, The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life by Teresa of Avila and The Showings of Julian of Norwich, Mother of God Similar to Fire (in collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols) and Contemplations, Prayers, and Living Wisdom (Sounds True). God of Love : A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, positions her at the forefront of the emerging Interspiritual Movement.

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Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation ( in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy--practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Fr. Richard is author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love.

He has been a featured essayist on NPR's "This I Believe," a guest of Mehmet Oz on the Oprah and Friends radio show, and a guest of Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday. Fr. Richard was one of several spiritual leaders featured in the 2006 documentary film ONE: The Movie and was included in Watkins' Spiritual 100 List for 2013. He has given presentations with spiritual leaders such as Rob Bell, Cynthia Bourgeault, Joan Chittister, Shane Claiborne, James Finley, Laurence Freeman, Thomas Keating, Ronald Rolheiser, Jim Wallis, and the Dalai Lama.
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