This book practically fell off the shelf at the bookstore, like I was supposed to read it. This is a remarkable book by a remarkable woman. Like Paula, I am on the monastic-contemplative-mystical path. Unlike her, I have remained in the Lutheran tradtion, but like her, have learned a great deal about this path from the Roman Catholic monastic tradition. I've read a number of books by celibate monks, and many books on specific components of this path, such as fasting, celibacy, silence, meditation, etc. What makes Paula's book so helpful for me is that she is married, with kids and a career, like myself. Secondly, she presents a road map for this journey via the ten chapters, each one looking at a component of the path. I appreciated the few pages at the end entitled "How to Begin a Better Life". She is an excellent writer. She has done her homework about the monastic traditon and the saints she writes about in each chapter. Most importantly, she shares her own journey in an honest and vulnerable way. Clearly Paula heard a "call" to live a simpler life; and her book in an autobiographical way shows how she, God, and others are making that happen. This book, and my on-going desire to be a married contemplative/an urban monk, will be the topic of conversation next time I meet with my spiritual director.