Amazing Grace: by Kathleen Norris
Author: Kathleen Norris
|When more than twenty years ago, Kathleen Norris began attending her grandmother's small-town church on the Great Plains, she was a transplanted poet with more doubt than faith. Still, the strong pulls of tradition, family, history, and community compelled her to return week after week to Sunday-morning services, and her deepening ties to a nearby monastery awoke in her a desire to believe.|
In returning to the church, Norris's greatest struggle was with the language of the Christian religion. Words such as "judgment", "prayer", "faith", "dogma", "salvation", "sinner", and even "Christ" formed what she called her "scary vocabulary", words that often intimidate people and distance them from from their religious heritage. She found she had to wrestle with them, grapple with their meanings and make them her own, before they could confer their blessings and their grace.
Blending history, theology, story, etymology, and memoir, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith is a poet's journey through a language to faith, with each word serving as the occasion for an examination of a particular aspect of the Christian lexicon. It is the story of one woman's gradual conversion, but it is also an investigation into how we can embrace beliefs that have been passed down to us. For those of us who have often found the language of religion alien and impenetrable, so codified that it has lost its meaning, Amazing Grace will help grasp the richness of an ancient tradition that is constantly evolving.
Kathleen Norris has been widely praised for the engaging way in which she enables readers of all beliefs to join her exploration of the nature of faith. She continues her examination -- begun in Dakota: A Spiritual Geography and The Cloister Walk -- of a spiritual world rooted firmly in the chaos of daily life, concepts while granting believers and doubters alike a brilliant and illuminating perspective on them.
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Initial Print Run: 100000
Physical Info: 1.02" H x 8.25" L x 5.49" W (0.91 lbs) 384 pages
Carton Quantity: 28
Publisher: Riverhead Books
US SRP: 16.00 US
Pub Date: April 1999
About the Author
Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet and the author of The Cloister Walk and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Her most recent book of poetry is Little Girls in Church. She lives in South Dakota.
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Awards: Christianity Today Book Award | Winner | Top 25 | 1999 ; Society of Midland Authors Award | Honorable Mention | Adult Nonfiction | 2000
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