Gateway to Hope
Gateway to Hope

Gateway to Hope

An Exploration of Failure


160 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: August 2013

ISBN 9780824526986

Price: $16.95


Discovering the glories of humility in the face of failure

Poignant reflections on loss and its meanings are collected in this succinct volume aimed at a broad audience of seekers, parents, businesspeople, and the suffering alike. With each passage embracing human failure and loss, the elegant musings of Sister Maria Boulding speak gently and eloquently to those beyond the walls of convents—to those who set their goals high, yet struggle to grasp their own limitations and reconcile them with God, as well as to those who second guess their path in life, and to worshipers mourning the premature loss of friends and family. With each meditation on loss, Sister Boulding creates a spiritual, contemplative grid against which readers can interpret the setbacks of their life.


“[A] wonderful portrait of many failures throughout Scripture and how we all go through life dealing with the fear of failure and failure, itself. However, Boulding stresses that it is in failing that we come to realize how we can become successful."  —Rev. John Hogemann, OSB

“Maria Boulding was one of the finest exemplars of the Benedictine monastic life, and a Christian spirit of quite rare depth and insight . . . Gateway to Hope is a book about failure which is pastorally sound, sympathetic, but never colludes with self-pity or the paralysis of mind and heart that failure can trigger. 'Failure or disappointment may be God's chance to open us more effectively than we can ever open ourselves, and to stretch us beyond our small hopes and expectations.' ”  —James M. Gordon, author, Evangelical Spirituality

“Thoroughly biblical, theologically sound and informed by the liturgy and personal prayer, [her books'] appeal seems to lie in the way they combine depth and universality with a tone that is both personal and affective, recalling that of medieval Cistercian Fathers.”  —Times

Author Biography

Maria Boulding, OSB, was a contemplative nun at Stanbrook Abbey in England. She translated several works by St. Augustine and is the author of books that include The Coming of God, Gateway to Resurrection, and Marked for Life: Prayer in the Easter Christ.