Elizabeth Dreyer is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Areas of interest include medieval Christian theology, spirituality and mysticism; the spiritual legacy of medieval women; theology of the Holy Spirit; theology of the cross; contemporary lay spirituality; the thought of thirteenth-century Franciscan, Bonaventure; and the Ignatian spiritual heritage. She publishes in a wide range of journals and lectures, teaches, and leads workshop and retreats in the United States and abroad.

Earth Crammed With Heaven: A Spirituality of Everyday Life (Paulist Press, 1994)

whose title comes from the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, has been one of Dreyer’s most popular books. She discusses the identity and role of the laity in the face of a heavily monastic tradition, and brings spirituality down to earth in terms of everyday life – work, love, family, sexuality, vocation, self-sacrifice. Dreyer challenges readers to view prayer and liturgy in terms of the entire cosmos and to embrace lives of active contemplation in the world.