The Time Is Now

A Call to Uncommon Courage
Narrated by: Joan Chittister
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A beloved nun and social activist offers a soul-stirring guide for all who feel disillusioned and dissatisfied with the power-hungry institutions and systems of this world.

“A cri de coeur against the status quo and for a bold spirituality to fight injustice.” (The New York Times

In The Time Is Now, Sister Joan Chittister - a rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment - draws on the wisdom of prophets, both ancient and modern, to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us. 

Pairing scriptural insights with narratives of the truth-tellers that came before us, Sister Joan offers a compelling vision for listeners to combat complacency and to propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment. For the weary, the cranky, and the fearful, this energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action; this is practical and powerful activism for our times. 

Praise for The Time Is Now

“For decades Chittister has been a prolific author and advocate for women and social justice inside and outside the realm of the Catholic Church. Here she shares her perspective on the current state of equity, social justice, and the environment and calls on all Christians to explore the traits of prophets, many of which they can find within themselves . . . offering motivation as well as ways to accomplish change.” (Booklist)

“A series of short essays to encourage and refresh the spirit of activists . . . applicable to both progressive and conservative Christians. Will appeal to spiritual readers seeking an encouraging book for social justice advocacy.” (Library Journal, starred review) 

©2019 Joan Chittister (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A modern prophet." (Judith Valente, author of Atchison Blue and correspondent for PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly)

"Joan Chittister is that rare combination of a gifted spiritual writer and a great prophetic voice in our church, speaking out for women, for minorities, and for all marginalized people. When I think of someone who speaks truth to power, I think of Joan." (James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage)

"Chittister has earned her place as one of the illuminators of our age." (Chicago Tribune)

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Excellent as usual.

Joan Chittister is profound. She is someone who has done her homework in life.....and then some.

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As good as expected

This was a fantastic book. Thoughtful, inspirational, honest and challenging. My appreciation was enhanced withSister Joan’s narration which felt as if she was sitting in a room talking to me. I have already recommended the book to more than 15 people. I’ve never been this effusive about any book.

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Prophetic

What a great and timely book! Please, please send to each of the senators in the US Congress.

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Calling all prophets!

I don't consider myself a God-fearing Christian, but I believe in the work of Jesus Christ. This book calls all of us to action. Sister Joan lets us know we cannot simply remain in our comfort zone or hide behind our fears of not being good enough to lead. She calls us out on our fears of not measuring up, of selfish perfectionism, of hiding our brilliance. She is calling us to lead from where we are, right now. Incredibly timely and compelling.

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Time to speak Truth

A very compelling & thought- provoking book. Too many people have become afraid to tell the truth, to stand up against injustuce or abuse. Choose change, to break the pattern, instead of sitting back, in silence. Joan Chitister, the author & narrator, was superb in her reading of her message(s).

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Refund...

I feel this book was a waste of money. It reiterates worldwide common issues the majority agrees on already. The Time Is Now offers zero tangible corrective measures. Maybe, that was her purpose! Whine, to gain our attention... again. CLICKBAIT! If you want to know issues, without any answers, buy this book.

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Powerful stuff

This book is so powerful and inspirational. It has provided me with more knowledge, Will and guide. Everybody should read this book.

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While this message is appropriate for many issues and all times, it couldn't be more timely in this era of post George Floyd unrest.

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A must listen / read.

I discovered this book from watching Sister Joan on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday show, and was not a disappointment.

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A gift 🙏. Joan has offered us a treasured gift to be read and reread. I'm grateful for the audible experience of her wisdom.

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Prophetic spirituality

A wonderful book with informed and well-considered insights by a woman who speaks prophetically with humility. Joan stresses the responsibilities of us all in speaking the truths learnt through our spiritual experience, to call out hypocrisy in the world.