I Am the Bread of Life

Suzanne Toolan, RSM
Elizabeth Dossa

I Am the Bread of Life
A fascinating, easy-to-read autobiography, the book includes the story behind her beloved hymn, introduces a new hymn, and offers insights from Sister Toolan on ritual, silence, music and prayer.
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Released on her 80th birthday, this new book celebrates the life of Mercy Sister Suzanne Toolan, composer of the popular hymn "I Am the Bread of Life." A fascinating, easy-to-read autobiography, the book includes the story behind that beloved hymn, introduces a new hymn, and offers insights from Sister Toolan on ritual, silence, music and prayer.

Introduces a new hymn: sheet music/octavo now available
The book opens with a new hymn by Sister Toolan. Commissioned especially for the release of this book, "I Will Sing of Your Faithfulness" is a song of praise for God's steadfast love. The text, based on Psalm 16:5-6, Lamentations 3:23-24 and 1 Corinthians 2:9, reminds us that God's "favors are not exhausted." Published by OCP, the song is now available in sheet music/octavo format.

The surprising story behind her popular hymn
Sister Toolan wrote "I Am the Bread of Life" in 1966, shortly after the Second Vatican Council. More than 40 years later, communities around the world, representing many denominations, sing the hymn in 25 different languages. In this volume, she reveals the surprising story behind that famous text and music, with its hope-filled refrain: "And I will raise you up on the last day."

Glimpses into her life, her religious community, her spiritual journey
Written in collaboration with Elizabeth Dossa, director of communications for the Sisters of Mercy (Burlingame Region), the book gives practical advice for liturgists and spiritual seekers. It also offers glimpses into Sister Toolan's day-to-day life in her religious community and her spiritual journey as a teacher, composer and retreat leader.

Topics range from music and liturgy to symbols, ritual and silence
Topics include: Music and Mystery, Silence as Personal Practice, The Natural Act of Liturgy, The Power of Ritual, Articulating Belief Through Music, Creating Authentic Celebrations, Prayer Embodied in Sound, Symbols as Power or Symbols as Doorways, and Expressing the Thirst for God.

An inspiring overview of her remarkable life
Sister Toolan has dedicated more than 50 years to serving the Church and the Sisters of Mercy. An inspiring overview of her remarkable life, I Am the Bread of Life makes satisfying reading for pastoral musicians and anyone who's been touched by her music and ministry.

ISBN-13: 978-0824524494 [192 pp, 9.2 x 6.1, softcover]