A Tiny Step Away from Deepest Faith: Teenager's Search for Meaning

A Tiny Step Away from Deepest Faith: Teenager's Search for Meaning

by Marjorie Corbman
     
 

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"In a society where my generation is often mischaracterized or misunderstood by parents and those around them, assumed to be irreligious, cynical, and jaded, I intend to depict it as I see it: which is to say a generation lying just at the door of faith, having rejected everything but faith itself. Having assumed everything to be meaningless, we are very

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"In a society where my generation is often mischaracterized or misunderstood by parents and those around them, assumed to be irreligious, cynical, and jaded, I intend to depict it as I see it: which is to say a generation lying just at the door of faith, having rejected everything but faith itself. Having assumed everything to be meaningless, we are very close to accepting God as the only source of meaning." - Marjorie Corbman

In this candid, thought-provoking account, seventeen-year-old Marjorie Corbman teaches the rest of us something about faith. She recounts her own experiences as well as those of many of her friends, dismantling with remarkable transparency and grace the misconceptions surrounding today's teenagers. Chapters focus on issues and experiences that Corbman and her peers are searching for - such as intimacy, tradition, eternity, community, justice, escape - and how each relates to what Corbman calls "the one thing needful" - faith.

Much has been written about teenagers, from self-help books for parents to young adult novels, but very little has been written by teens themselves. This is a book that is sorely needed, both for adults wishing to understand today's kids, and also for those teenagers who wish to assign some meaning to their beliefs, sufferings, and searching.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Early in this short memoir, Corbman observes that her conversion "started gradually, using stepping stones of Christian mysticism." This will not surprise readers familiar with St. Teresa of Avila and the young St. Th r se of Lisieux. Corbman's deep piety, internal battle with despair and alternating love-hate relationship with the material world echoes the tone and confessional nature of these other women. Still a teenager, Corbman writes without the benefit of much life experience, but sees herself as a definitive voice of her generation, one she consistently describes as "rejecting everything." She's filled to the brim with teen angst, and her obvious youth makes it difficult to hear her frequent use of phrases like "years ago," yet it would be a mistake to dismiss this memoir because of the author's age. Corbman offers readers a rare and thought-provoking gem: the story of a teenage girl struggling with life's biggest questions about meaning, love, suffering, loneliness, and most of all, God. Her story will resonate not because it sounds authentically young adult, but because she is a young adult herself, still searching. She differs only in that she has found a surer spiritual footing than most her age. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557254290
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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