With increasing demands on our time, and the white noise
distractions of email, Twitter, and Facebook, is it possible to
slow down, find more balance, and tap into the transcendent in the
everyday? In other words, can we become ‘everyday contemplatives'?
Can we return to the things that matter, the things we’ve
forgotten? A nationally-acclaimed modern, married, professional
journalist shows how she moved forward toward a life of greater
reflection by going backwards—reclaiming the best parts of our
great Catholic monastic tradition and discovering how those
time-proven, ancient practices offer a saner approach to modern
living, whatever your stage of life.
Judith Valente is an award-winning journalist who reports for
the national PBS-TV program “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” and
is also the senior correspondent for the National Public Radio
affiliate, WGLT Radio, in central Illinois. She worked previously
for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, where she was
a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She is the
author of “Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home
and a Living Faith,” selected by the Catholic Press Association as
the best spirituality book of 2014, and by the Religion Newswriters
Association as one of the three top spirituality books of the year.
She is co-author of “The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the
Overworked and Overwhelmed” and two collections of poetry. Her
broadcast reports have also appeared on National Public Radio and
The NewsHour on PBS. She gives frequent talks across the country on
work and faith and contemplative living. She was born in Bayonne,
NJ, graduated from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ, and
holds a master's degree in creative writing from The School of the
Art Institute of Chicago. She is married to Illinois Circuit Court
Judge Charles G. Reynard, her frequent writing collaborator.