Help finding a book
January 21, 2015 1:21 PM   Subscribe

My father recently passed, and I'd like to locate a copy of a book he loved and sent copies to me and my brothers.

It was very unusual for my father to buy a bunch of books to give out, and I didn't pay it much attention at the time, about 15 years ago.

All I can recall is that it was a spiritual book, probably by a nun, with a slightly elegant writing style, that was deeply loving and meditative. I never kept track of the book after I got it.

The cover had a pale yellow outline, and a dark center subject, which was probably a renaissance painting.

I don't think it's any of Sister Wendy's works.
posted by toastchee to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Teresa of Avila: The Book of Her Life?

Very sorry for your loss.
posted by Perodicticus potto at 1:26 PM on January 21, 2015

The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran?
posted by Duffington at 1:52 PM on January 21, 2015 [1 favorite]

What kind of nun? Perhaps something by Pema Chodron?
posted by oflinkey at 2:28 PM on January 21, 2015

Something by Karen Armstrong?
posted by Gin and Broadband at 3:09 PM on January 21, 2015

Could it be something by Joan Chittister?
posted by billiebee at 3:40 PM on January 21, 2015

Sister Wendy's Book of Meditations? (Sister Wendy was famous for having a tv show about art history.) She has a few other books with similar covers, for example Meditations on Peace.

Longshot, but Penguin Classics had covers with yellow outlines and classical paintings - (here's one example by Christine de Pisan). Was the book a historical/classical book, or a modern one?
posted by LobsterMitten at 4:50 PM on January 21, 2015

The Four Agreements?

It comes to mind because my mother-in-law sent one to everybody in the family about 10 years ago. Which was not like her, either.
posted by SLC Mom at 5:55 PM on January 21, 2015

It definitely sounds like one of Kahlil Gilbran's books. He was somewhat prolific
posted by bibliogrrl at 8:05 PM on January 21, 2015

The Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris?
posted by Iris Gambol at 8:18 PM on January 21, 2015

Response by poster: These are very close! I'm pretty sure it was a Catholic nun, and the Penguin books mention seems like the right publisher.
posted by toastchee at 3:37 AM on January 22, 2015

Response by poster: Found it! Everyday Grace, by Marianne Williamson. Thanks all for jogging my memory.
posted by toastchee at 11:36 AM on January 22, 2015 [1 favorite]

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