Books by Emilie Griffin

Turning: Reflections on the Experience of Conversion, an informal study of Christian conversion, based on the conversion stories of C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Bede Griffiths, Avery Dulles, Dorothy Day, and the author’s own story. Available on

Clinging: the Experience of Prayer, a treatment of prayer in seven moods. This book has been endorsed by Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, Eugene Peterson, Calvin Miller, and the younger Ruth Graham. Available on

Homeward Voyage: Reflections on Life-Changes. A spirituality of getting older, touching on such subjects as caring for elderly parents, seeing one’s own children grow into adulthood, believing in the promises of Christ, especially with regard to resurrection and afterlife. Available from

The Reflective Executive: a Spirituality of Business and Enterprise. This book is based on Emilie’s long career in the business world. She has led a number of workshops and retreats on these themes. Available on

Wilderness Time: A Guide to Spiritual Retreat. This is a simple guide to making a retreat, focusing on twelve spiritual disciplines often highlighted by the Renovare movement. It is a Renovare Resource Book. Recently published in Korean. Available on

These Sisters Are My Friends. This is a history of the Catholic Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic (principally Louisiana and the Southwest) who recently celebrated their 75th anniversary. Must be ordered from the sisters themselves. Contact to order

Doors into Prayer: an Invitation is a short, very accessible book on prayer, offering sixty short reflections on various aspects of prayer and spirituality. Paraclete Press. Available on Also published in Britain.

Evelyn Underhill: Essential Writings, one of the Modern Spiritual Masters series from Orbis Books. Emilie made the selections from this fine Anglican spiritual writer and wrote an introduction. Available from

Wonderful and Dark Is This Road: Discovering the Mystic Path. Also from Paraclete Press. Available from In this informal introduction I try to show that mystics are ordinary people who are very close to God. A selection from this book appeared on the website, in December 2004.

With Richard Foster: Spiritual Classics: Readings for Individuals and Groups, featuring 52 readings from spiritual masters past and present. A Renovare Resource Book.Available from

With Eugene Peterson :Epiphanies: Stories for the Christian Year.

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A series of essays on Christian feast days by members of the Chrysostom Society, of which Emilie and her husband William Griffin are founding members. Emilie’s essays are on Shrove Tuesday and the Solemnity of Mary (January first.) Other notables in this book are Peterson, Madeleine L’Engle, Luci Shaw, Virginia Stem Owens, and Doris Betts. Available on

Simple Ways to Pray: Spiritual Life in the Catholic Tradition (December 2005) Available on

Small Surrenders: a Lenten Journey, published in early 2008. Available on

ABOUT C.S.LEWIS: Emilie has written a number of reflections on C.S.Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia, ????? ???? ??????? especially The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which is now a major film. These reflections (and some by William Griffin) appear on the website, She is also a contributor to the recently published God with Us, a book of reflections on Advent and Christmas. (Fall 2007, Paraclete Press).

IN PROGRESS: Emilie is working on a memoir of her friendship with the Pulitzer-prizewinning author, John Kennedy Toole. She is also serving as editor of and contributor to a book on writing by members of the Chrysostom Society. This book, entitled A Syllable of Water: Writers of Faith Reflect on Their Art,

is scheduled for publication from Paraclete Press in Fall 2008.

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