Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

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Penguin, 1999 - Religion - 384 pages
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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.
 

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Other nonfiction books by Kathleen Norris are The Virgin of Bennington, The Cloister Walk, and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. She has also published books of poetry. Elle Magazine said of this book ... Read full review

great meditation on faith

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i have journaled through this book and, though i do not always agree with the author's interpretations, i have found myself re-interpreting words of the faith i thought i understood and/or never ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
1
ESCHATOLOGY
11
ANTICHRIST
14
SILENCE
16
SALVATION
18
Blessing and Curse
22
INCARNATION
30
DETACHMENT
32
INQUISITION
215
OPPRESSION
220
HEROD
225
The Wild West
228
ECSTASY
231
MEDIEVAL
234
CHRISTIAN
238
THE BIBLE STUDY
242

The Family Story
37
EXORCISM
45
PERFECTION
55
PRAYER
58
BELIEF DOUBT AND SACRED AMBIGUITY
62
REPENTANCE
69
ANNUNCIATION
71
What Religion Were You Raised in and What Are You Now?
78
COMMANDMENTS
85
IDOLATRY
88
BIBLE
94
RIGHTEOUS
96
The Stories
98
GOD
109
BLOOD
112
VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD
116
ANGER
124
The Feminist Impasse
128
CHOSEN
139
FEAR
144
One More Boom
148
GRACE
150
INTOLERANCEFORBEARANCE
152
CHRIST
161
SINNER WRETCH AND REPROBATE
164
FAITH
169
GOOD AND EVIL
175
PREACHING
180
Illiteracies and Ironies
189
HERESYAPOSTASY
197
CREEDS
205
ORTHODOXY
208
GODTALK
211
WORSHIP
246
My Ebenezer
251
Give Me a Word
253
ORGANIZED RELIGION
257
HOSPITALITY
262
CHURCH
268
LECTIO DIVINA
277
MYSTIC
284
TRINITY
287
SEEKING
292
The Scary Stuff
295
EVANGELISM
300
Or How Many Christians Does It Take to Balance N Scott Momaday?
305
UNCHURCHED
311
HELL
312
JUDGMENT
316
APOCALYPSE
318
The Expert Marksmans Medal
322
DOGMA
324
ANGELS
328
WICKEDNESS
330
I Know Not
333
REVELATION
341
PENTECOSTAL
343
PRAYER AS MYSTERY
350
NEIGHBOR
353
THEOLOGY
359
ASCETICISM
361
HEAVEN
367
INFALLIBILITY
369
TRUTH
375
THE NEW JERUSALEM
382
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Kathleen Norris is the award-winning, bestselling author of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith; The Cloister Walk; and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. She divides her time between South Dakota and Hawaii.

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