9781573227216

Amazing Grace : A Vocabulary of Faith

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    9781573227216

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    1573227218

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Preface 1(10)
Eschatology
11(3)
Antichrist
14(2)
Silence
16(2)
Salvation
18(12)
Blessing and Curse
22(8)
Incarnation
30(2)
Detachment
32(13)
The Family Story
37(8)
Exorcism
45(10)
Perfection
55(3)
Prayer
58(4)
Belief, Doubt, and Sacred Ambiguity
62(7)
Repentance
69(2)
Annunciation
71(14)
What Religion Were You Raised in, and What Are You Now?
78(7)
Commandments
85(3)
Idolatry
88(6)
Bible
94(2)
Righteous
96(13)
The Stories
98(11)
God
109(3)
Blood
112(4)
Virgin Mary, Mother of God
116(8)
Anger
124(15)
The Feminist Impasse
128(11)
Chosen
139(5)
Fear
144(6)
One More Boom
148(2)
Grace
150(2)
Intolerance/Forbearance
152(9)
Christ
161(3)
Sinner, Wretch, and Reprobate
164(5)
Faith
169(6)
Good and Evil
175(5)
Preaching
180(17)
Illiteracies and Ironies
189(8)
Heresy/Apostasy
197(8)
Creeds
205(3)
Orthodoxy
208(3)
God-Talk
211(4)
Inquisition
215(5)
Oppression
220(5)
Herod
225(6)
The Wild West
228(3)
Ecstasy
231(3)
Medieval
234(4)
Christian
238(4)
The Bible Study
242(4)
Worship
246(11)
My Ebenezer
251(2)
Give Me a Word
253(4)
``Organized'' Religion
257(5)
Hospitality
262(6)
Church
268(9)
Lectio Divina
277(7)
Mystic
284(3)
Trinity
287(5)
Seeking
292(8)
The Scary Stuff
295(5)
Evangelism
300(5)
Imagination (Or, How Many Christians Does It Take to Balance N. Scott Momaday?)
305(6)
Unchurched
311(1)
Hell
312(4)
Judgment
316(2)
Apocalypse
318(6)
The Expert Marksman's Medal
322(2)
Dogma
324(4)
Angels
328(2)
Wickedness
330(11)
``I Know Not''
333(8)
Revelation
341(2)
Pentecostal
343(7)
Prayer as Mystery
350(3)
Neighbor
353(6)
Theology
359(2)
Asceticism
361(6)
Heaven
367(2)
Infallibility
369(6)
Truth
375(7)
The New Jerusalem
382(3)
Acknowledgments 385

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