Judith Valente's newest book is How To Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community. She is co-editor of Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul, an anthology of poems and reflections on finding the sacred in the ordinary; author of Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith, the memoir of her time at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas; and co-author The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed.

She has won numerous awards for her print and broadcast journalism. She currently works as senior correspondent at GLT Radio, an NPR affiliate in central Illinois, where she lives. She worked previously for The Wall Street Journal in Chicago and London and for PBS-TV. She leads frequent retreats on living a more contemplative life. Her reflections appear in Give Us This Day and the Monasteries of the Heart website. She has been an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery since 2013. Her website is judithvalente.com.

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