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Amazing Grace

Kathleen Norris

Amazing Grace

Kathleen Norris

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The beloved author of "The Cloister Walk" takes readers on a moving journey in this thoroughly original investigation of faith. Taking as her starting point the "scary words" that can intimidate and distance us from our religious heritage--words like "judgment, faith, dogma, salvation", and "sinner"--Norris blends history, theology, storytelling, etymology, and memoir to reflect on their meanings.

- Publisher From Kathleen Norris, the author who "writes about religion with the imagination of a poet" (Chicago Tribune), comes this unusual, accessible, and profound investigation of Christian faith. Taking as her starting point the "scary words" that can intimidate and distance us from our religious heritage--words like judgment, faith, dogma, salvation and sinner, Norris blends history, theology, storytelling, etymology and memoir to help us reflect on their meanings. Always entertaining, and thought provoking, Norris awakens us to the possibility of belief. Through this exhilarating journey, readers will come to know more about the gradual conversion and the daily struggle for faith that Norris described in her bestseller The Cloister Walk. Amazing Grace will grant an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary, everyday world.

- Publisher

Struggling with her return to the Christian church after many years away,Kathleen Norrisfound 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.



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About "Amazing Grace"

The beloved author of "The Cloister Walk" takes readers on a moving journey in this thoroughly original investigation of faith. Taking as her starting point the "scary words" that can intimidate and distance us from our religious heritage--words like "judgment, faith, dogma, salvation", and "sinner"--Norris blends history, theology, storytelling, etymology, and memoir to reflect on their meanings.
- Publisher

From Kathleen Norris, the author who "writes about religion with the imagination of a poet" (Chicago Tribune), comes this unusual, accessible, and profound investigation of Christian faith. Taking as her starting point the "scary words" that can intimidate and distance us from our religious heritage--words like judgment, faith, dogma, salvation and sinner, Norris blends history, theology, storytelling, etymology and memoir to help us reflect on their meanings. Always entertaining, and thought provoking, Norris awakens us to the possibility of belief. Through this exhilarating journey, readers will come to know more about the gradual conversion and the daily struggle for faith that Norris described in her bestseller The Cloister Walk. Amazing Grace will grant an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary, everyday world.
- Publisher

Struggling with her return to the Christian church after many years away,Kathleen Norrisfound 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.


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Kathleen Norris

Kathleen Norris is the author of Dakota, The Cloister Walk, and Amazing Grace, and an award-winning poet.

Table Of Contents

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    eschatology
    antichrist
    silence
    salvation
    inheritance: Blessing And Curse
    incarnation
    detachment
    conversion: The Family Story
    exorcism
    perfection
    prayer
    belief, Doubt, And Sacred Ambiguity
    repentance
    annunciation
    inheritance: What Religion Were You Raised In, And Whatare You Now?
    commandments
    idolatry
    bible
    righteous
    conversion: The Stories
    god
    blood
    virgin Mary, Mother Of God
    anger
    conversion: The Feminist Impasse
    chosen
    fear
    conversion: One More Boom
    grace
    intolerance/forbearance
    christ
    sinner, Wretch, And Reprobate
    faith
    good And Evil
    preaching
    the Bible: Illiteracies And Ironies
    heresy/apostasy
    creeds
    orthodoxy
    god-talk
    inquisition
    oppression
    herod
    conversion: The Wild West
    ecstasy
    medieval
    christian
    the Bible Study
    worship
    conversion: My Ebenezer
    the Bible: Give Me A Word

    "organized" Religion
    hospitality
    church
    lectio Divina
    mystic
    trinity
    seeking
    conversion: The Scary Stuff
    evangelism
    imagination (or, How Many Christians Does It Take To Balance N. Scott Momaday?)
    unchurched
    hell
    judgment
    apocalypse
    prayer As Remembrance: The Expert Marksman's Medal
    dogma
    angels
    wickedness
    interpretation: "i Know Not"
    revelation
    pentecostal
    prayer As Mystery
    neighbor
    theology
    asceticism
    heaven
    infallibility
    truth
    the New Jerusalem

    acknowledgments

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 137956
  • Product Code 1573227218
  • EAN 9781573227216
  • Pages 400
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Riverhead Books
  • Publication Date Apr 1999
  • Sales Rank #30503
  • Dimensions 209 x 140 x 27 mm
  • Weight 0.358kg

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