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Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith
Softcover, 384 pages
Riverhead Books, 1999
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, story-telling, etymology, and memoir, Norris use 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 tradition and find faith in the contemporary world.
This copy is in excellent condition, name and date on inside front cover are the only marks, no other writing, marks or tears, minimal cover wear, no remainder marks, not ex-library.