What is Carthusian life really like? What actaully goes on in the Charterhouse? Is the order's ancient mixture of carefully regulated solitary and community life a hopeless harking back to the Middle Ages, or is it relevant to modern lifestyles and problems? If any book can answer these questions, is it The Wound of Love. This is teh first book in history to allow Carthusians to speak out honestly about the constraints and challenges of monastic life, the intimate details, the unexpected crises and the daily difficulties. This is Carthusian life as it is truly experienced - not as it is perceived by inevitabley romatic outsiders. Written by Carthusians for their fellows, the contributors hold up a mirror to each other and allot the outside world to share what is revealed. The Wound of Love provides background information on the Carthusian Order, including letter from St Bruno, its founder, and a reflection on Bruno's continuing significance today. The many concerns of Carthusian life are evident here: solitude, fraternal love, prayer, monastic vows, work and liturgy, and each is tackled with great honesty, wit and wisdom. This book is testimony to how much there is to be learned about life 'in' the world from the Carthusians' standpoint 'outside' it. While teh Carthusian call to find God alwasy and everywhere is essentially the same vocation as that of all Christians, there is an intensity about the monastic life which distils the message and makes its more fiery, more compelling. This book will prove a bracing brew for all those who would sample it.