Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession
Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession  -     By: Anne Rice
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"When Rice stopped crafting stories about vampires and began writing about Jesus, many of her fans were shocked. This autobiographical spiritual memoir provides an account of how the author rediscovered and fully embraced her Catholic faith after decades as a self-proclaimed atheist,"---Publishers Weekly. 245 pages, softcover. Anchor.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0307388484
ISBN-13: 9780307388483

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Anne Rice’s first work of nonfiction—a powerful and haunting memoir that explores her continuing spiritual transformation.
 
Anne Rice was raised in New Orleans as the devout child in a deeply religious Irish Catholic family. Here, she describes how, as she grew up, she lost her belief in God, but not her desire for a meaningful life.  She used her novels—beginning with Interview with a Vampire—to wrestle with otherworldly themes while in her own life, she experienced both loss (the death of her daughter and, later, her beloved husband, Stan Rice) and joys (the birth of her son, Christopher).  And she writes about how, finally, after years of questioning, she experienced the intense conversion and re-embracing of her faith that lie behind her most recent novels about the life of Christ.

Author Bio

Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] very affecting story of a well-known prodigal’s return. . . . Called Out of Darkness is the vivid, engaging tale of the journey of a soul into light." —Chicago Sun-Times

"Rice couples her writing talents with the zeal of a recent convert." —Christianity Today
  
"Rice could rival C.S. Lewis as a popular apologist for the faith." —Time

"Rice’s memoir shows what true belief really involves. It exacts a price. James Agee had a lovely term for this. He called it ’cruel radiance.’" —Los Angeles Times
 
"Anne Rice is not a convert but a revert. . . . A loving reconstruction of the pre–Vatican II Church of the 1940s and 1950s. . . . [After] twenty-five years and twenty-one books . . . Rice entrusts both herself and the people she loves to God." —First Things
 
"Called Out of Darkness is rich in both poetic simplicity and liberating confessionals. This memoir is not to be missed." —East Bay Literary Examiner
 
"I am not a Christian and I normally don’t read what I would call Christian books. They don’t appeal to me, they don’t interest me and I normally pass them by in the bookstore. . . . [But] I picked up [Called Out of Darkness] up this afternoon and it’s beyond wonderful." —Jamieson Wolf
 
"As a long-time reader of Anne Rice’s, the impetus she presents here makes me want to re-read many of her prior works. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks the inspiration and motivation behind the bestselling novels they’ve read."—BookReporter.com

"Nothing short of magnificent. . . . What a real blessing, what a vulnerable sharing." —Flos Carmeli

"A lovely, intelligent book." —PopMatters

"Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a religious person—even if you are not a Christian—read this book. Anyone can appreciate the message contained in Called Out of Darkness. . . . It is a thinking person’s approach to faith." —Edge (Provincetown, MA)

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  1. Debora
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 18, 2010
    Debora
    This book is one of the oddest testimonies of faith I have ever read. It is even hard to explain why. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a personal life story, written in Anne Rices voice. Her thinking process was very unusually and so is her memoir. If you are Christian, who is not a Catholic, please understand if you read this book it is an autobiography. It is a wonderful that Ms. Rice is back in the fold, but in no way think that you are going to get a good insight into the teachings of Catholicism. That is what disturbs me the most about this book. I would not want Ms. Rice teaching basic fundamentals of faith to my child. I am not judging her level of faith or criticizing her as a writer, but she is very early on the road in her journey as a Catholic. I think, she needs to study the teachings of the Church and the Catechism with a learned, spiritually mature, Spiritual Director. As a Catholic I know where in the Bible the Churchs teachings and doctrines come. Rice on the other hand, rejects a number of the fundamental teachings of the Church, without knowing that they come directly from the Word. She does not seem to grasp the symbiotic relationship between the Word and the Eucharist. They are one in the same the person of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I am overjoyed that Ms Rice has developed a personal relationship with the Blessed Trinity. After all that is the most important part of being a Catholic, saying yes to God!It is always a blessing to the Body when one of our sisters returns to us. I pray for Ms Rices continued growth and for her relationship with Christ to blossom.
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