Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

by Kathleen Norris
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Amazing Grace by Kathleen Norris


From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Cloister Walk, a book about Christianity, spirituality, and rediscovered faith.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101042526
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1999
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 346,771
File size: 635 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Cloister Walk and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, among others. 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Amazing Grace 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the Cloister Walk and Amazing Grace by Ms. Norris. She writes in a conversational tone which is easy to read and understand.I especially liked her treatment of the word doubt. It helped me tremendously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very enlightening book for any Christian. As a person who was always afraid of 'organized religion', it gave me a new understanding of what it means to be a Christian. The author found that it was often the vocabulary of the church that most distanced her from it. The book helped me to realize that 'Christ died to take away my sins, not my mind.'
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Haze76 More than 1 year ago
Although I have some fundamental differences with Norris's theology -- in her effort to be ultra-inclusive, she conspicuously omits one of the basics of Christianity that require one to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour (among others), I found a lot of compassion and beauty here. I too grew up the daughter of protestant ministers and converted to Catholicism later in life for many of the same reasons Norris became a Catholic Oblate. There is a lot of wisdom here, a lot of searching, and seemingly a great desire to level the field (which at times reduces Chirst from being "God" to little more than an "everyman"). This is a great book for discussion and introspection. Once I read it, I bought several as gifts that should be greatly appreciated by open-minded people who honestly seek the truth and wish to expand their own ideas. Norris's writing is a bonus--she is a master, weaving words into beautiful gifts page by page.
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Ms. Norris' book is an excellent read whether you are a new Christian, one who has been on the Christian journey for many years, or merely seek to understand many of the theological terms used by Christians. The personal reflections, incorporating the words discussed, is enlightening, as Ms. Norris continues her faith journey. These reflections, and the 'definitions' used by Ms. Norris, can not only take the fear out of these terms, but can help each of us understand that many times the different factions of Christianity are divided by 'words' instead of 'beliefs'