Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith
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Struggling with her return to the Christian church after many years away, Kathleen Norris found it was the language of Christianity that most distanced her from her faith. Words like "judgment," "faith," "dogma," "salvation," "sinner," - even "Christ" - formed what she called her "scary vocabulary," words that had become so codified or abstract that their meanings were all but impenetrable. Norris blends history, theology, storytelling, etmology, and memoir to reflect on their meanings. She evokes a rich spirituality rooted firmly in the chaos of everyday life - and offers believers and doubters alike an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1 inches (inches)
ISBN: 1573227218
ISBN-13: 9781573227216

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Publisher's Description

Struggling with her return to the Christian church after many years away, Kathleen Norris found it was the language of Christianity that most distanced her from faith. Words like "judgment," "faith," "dogma," "salvation," "sinner"—even "Christ"—formed what she called her "scary vocabulary," words that had become so codified or abstract that their meanings were all but impenetrable. She found she had to wrestle with them and make them her own before they could confer their blessings and their grace. Blending history, theology, storytelling, etymology, and memoir, Norris uses these words as a starting point for reflection, and offers a moving account of her own gradual conversion. She evokes a rich spirituality rooted firmly in the chaos of everyday life—and offers believers and doubters alike an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary world.

Author Bio

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning, bestselling author of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith; The Cloister Walk; and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. She divides her time between South Dakota and Hawaii.

Editorial Reviews

"An engaging meditation on the language of faith."&#151The New York Times Book Review



"A unique and glorious voice."&#151Boston Globe



"[Kathleen Norris] writes about religion with the imagination of a poet."&#151Chicago Tribune



"It's hard to imagine less off-putting or pious writing about religion than this sublimely commonsensical lexicon of words and concepts that, as Kathleen Norris explains them, have rarely sounded less frightening&#151or quite so simple to understand."&#151Elle



"One of the most eloquent yet earthbound spiritual writers of our time...frequently irreverent and funny...She makes us converts to her simple faith of warmth."&#151San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle



"Definitely worthwhile reading...She combines an impressive understanding of theology with personal experience, making her essays read like letters from a highly literate friend."&#151People

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