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Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith | [Kathleen Norris]

Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

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Publisher's Summary

When poet Kathleen Norris was a child, the words judgment, prayer, salvation, sinner, and even Christ all formed what she calls religion's "scary vocabulary" - words that intimidate and alienate people from their faith. As an adult, Norris set out to reclaim her religion, redefining these words using her own experience. In Amazing Grace, she shares her wisdom, challenges our fear of difficult theological ideas, and offers an illuminating perspective on the vocabulary of faith.

Copyright ©1998 by Kathleen Norris; Recording (P)1998 by Audio Literature

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  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1998, Religion / Spirituality

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-09-08
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-09-08

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    "a poet reflects on "religious" words"

    Norris' refections on the deeper meaning of words we use in everyday spiritual conversions (like "heaven," "prayer" or "silence"), as well as on words more theological (like eschatology" or "hermeneutics") make for joyful listening. Winger's reading is OK (though I think she sometimes mispronounces), but I would have preferred Norris' own voice for a book like this.

    I think those who like writers such as Thomas Moore, James Finlay, or Rob Bell would enjoy this. Norris claims to receive criticism from both liberal and conservative Christians, but I think her reflections are food for thought for both (though more agreeable to the ecumenically minded). I thought her early "Cloister Walk" a superior listen.

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