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Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Norris's lyrical prose rings with clarity and grace as she brings life to her experience of the church's vocabulary." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Norris is an award-winning poet and writer.

Table of Contents

Amazing Grace Preface

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573227216
Author:
Norris, Kathleen
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Author:
Norris, Kathleen
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Theology - General
Subject:
Faith
Subject:
Christianity -- Terminology.
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - General
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Christian life -- Presbyterian authors.
Subject:
Christianity - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25x5.49x1.02 in. .91 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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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.

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