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The Best American Essays 2001
Title:The Best American Essays 2001
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Number of Pages:336
Category:Essays, Non fiction, Anthologies
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The Best American Essays 2001, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life, The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women's Work, Little Girls in Church, The Cloister Walk, The Virgin of Bennington, The Psalms with Commentary, The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith
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, No description available, b Kathleen Norris s masterpiece a personal and moving memoir that resurrects the ancient term i acedia i or soul weariness and brilliantly explores its relevancy to the modern individual and culture b br br Kathleen Norris had written several much loved books yet she couldn t drag herself out of bed in the morning couldn t summon the energy for daily tasks Even as she struggled Norris recognized her familiar battle with acedia She had discovered the word in an early Church text when she was in her thirties Having endured times of deep soul weariness since she was a teenager she immediately recognized that this passage described her affliction sinking into a state of being unable to care Fascinated by this noonday demon so familiar to those in the early and medieval Church Norris read intensively and knew she must restore this forgotten but utterly relevant and important concept to the modern world s vernacular br br Like Norris s bestselling i The Cloister Walk i i Acedia amp me i is part memoir and part meditation As in her bestselling i Amazing Grace i here Norris explicates and demystifies a spiritual concept exploring acedia through the geography of her life as a writer her marriage and the challenges of commitment in the midst of grave illness and her keen interest in the monastic tradition Unlike her earlier books this one features a poignant narrative throughout of Norris s and her husband s bouts with acedia and its clinical cousin depression Moreover her analysis of acedia reveals its burden not just on individuals but on whole societies and that the restless boredom frantic escapism commitment phobia and enervating despair that we struggle with today are the ancient demon of acedia in modern dress br br An examination of acedia in the light of theology psychology monastic spirituality the healing powers of religious practice and Norris s own experience i Acedia amp me i is both intimate and historically sweeping brimming with exasperation and reverence sometimes funny often provocative and always important, No description available