Circling to the Center, One Woman's Encounter with Silent Prayer

Paulist Press, New York/​Mahwah, N.J., 2001

Susan Tiberghien tackles the spiritual memoir to luminous results. While her style is contemplative, she reflects on earthy matters, her childhood summoned up the by death of her father, her marriage to a Frenchman and moving away to Europe, her parenting an adopted child, her caring for an aging mother-in-law.

The author draws from Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, and incorporates themes from Taoist, Hindu, Sufi, and Native American cultures, along with insights of Jungian psychology.

"Everyone who yearns for a deeper life of prayer will delight in this book... The story rings true; it is not speculation about life, but life itself breaking through words." William H. Shannon, Silence on Fire

"Beautifully written and illusrated, this ecumenical document of sharing can inspire each of us to follow our own path of contemplation and prayer." Robert Hinshaw, C.G. Jung Institute, Kusnacht, Switzerland

"This is a wonderful book on prayer, engaging and penetrating...This thought-provoking, prayer-provoking book is surprising in its ability to speak to the individual reader and call forth our own desire for God." Spiritual Book News

Selected Works

Memoirs and Reference Titles
Tiberghien weaves together essays, poems, photographs and family recipes to write a love story that bridges the ocean. "A poetic memoir evoking a life fully lived and closely observed" Peter Meinke
A memoir of a 60 year love affair and almost that many years marriage, where the author relates and relives especially the good moments, encouraging the reader to do the same.
An innovative portable workshop to give readers a solid foundation for their writing careers and to lead them to a writing life.
Memoirs
Relates an experience that belongs to everyone – of tapping the depths of the unconscious.
A spiritual memoir and an introduction to the way of silent prayer.
Personal Essays
Anthology