9780465007158

The Close: A Young Woman's First Year at Seminary

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465007158

  • ISBN10:

    0465007155

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-07-04
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

Set in the context of the Church Year, The Close is an enthralling account of one young woman's spiritual journey. It is both a personal meditation on faith, in the spirit of Kathleen Norris's Cloister Walk, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes story of a graduate student's first year, in the mode of Scott Turow's One L. Raised in a liberal, interfaith home, Breyer, responding to an inner call to a spiritual vocation, began her training at New York's General Theological Seminary in 1997. She describes her intense immersion in daily prayer, the rigors and rewards of the academic program, and the challenging tension between secular and spiritual that marks her training, including working as a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital. She probes the day-to-day meanings of such profound issues as exaltation, enlightenment, and redemption, illuminating the unique experience of a young person of faith preparing to live and hoping to thrive in a secular modern world.

Author Biography

Chloe Breyer is a seminary student at General Theological Seminary in New York City. The daughter of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, she is the founder of Who Cares, a publication for people working in service and community activism. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Coming into the Kingdom xi
Advent
1(36)
Christmas
37(24)
Epiphany
61(50)
Lent
111(34)
Easter
145(46)
Pentecost
191(66)
Acknowledgments 257

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