In The Cloister Walk poet and bestselling author Kathleen Norris (Dakota: A Spiritual Geography) recounts the benefits she has derived as an associate at a Benedictine monastery. She finds herself deeply moved and spiritually enriched by the oral recitation of scripture and by this community's practice of hospitality. As a Protestant, Norris appreciates the monastic tradition of honoring the sacred potential of all things. In the end, the author's close encounter with liturgical life enables her to come to a richer understanding of friendship, marriage, worship, and daily chores.

The Cloister Walk read by Debra Winger is a truly enlightening account of the deepening of one person's spiritual life.