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Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 1999
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1 inches (inches)|
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 lifeand offers believers and doubters alike an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary world.
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.
"A unique and glorious voice."—Boston Globe
"[Kathleen Norris] writes about religion with the imagination of a poet."—Chicago 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—or quite so simple to understand."—Elle
"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."—San 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."—People
willnashua, nhAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5great meditation on faithJuly 26, 2011willnashua, nhAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5i have journaled through this book and, though i do not always agree with the author's interpretations, i have found myself re-interpreting words of the faith i thought i understood and/or never really understood. as c. s. lewis has said, if we can't put our faith into our own words, then we don't really understand it (paraphrase).