Archives For Kathleen Norris

 

Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Jean Vanier, Stanley Hauerwas, Kathleen Norris, Walter Wink, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

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Jean Vanier / Stanley Hauerwas

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“This book calls us to a humanism that is tender, patient and present. Its humanism is rooted in the incarnation, for “the Word became flesh to bring people together” (Vanier), and is lived in the church, which proclaims a “politics of gentleness” (Hauerwas).”
The Christian Century

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Dakota:
A Spiritual Geography
 
Kathleen Norris

 
 

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“A deeply spiritual, deeply moving book” about life on the Great Plains, by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Cloister Walk
The New York Times Book Review
 

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*** The Best Ebook / Audiobook Deals
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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Kathleen Norris, Anne Lamott, Brennan Manning, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

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Kathleen Norris

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One of the finest spiritual memoirs of the last 50 years!

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Kathleen Norris

Friday July 27 is the birthday of renowned poet and memoirist, Kathleen Norris.

 

Our Intro Reading Guide
to the work of Kathleen Norris

 

Here are three superb poems by her:

The Monastery Orchard
In Early Spring
Kathleen Norris

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Christine Pohl, Eugene Peterson, Kathleen Norris, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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*** TCR picks the very best deals
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Christine Pohl

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The one book to read on Christian hospitality.
Our reading list on hospitality.
 
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This week marked the 70th birthday of poet and memoirist.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
 
 

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Kathleen Norris, Maya Angelou, David Dark, MORE)

 

DON’T MISS THE HUGE
THEOLOGY EBOOK SALE
FROM FORTRESS PRESS! 

 
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Kathleen Norris

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 *** Our 2008 Book-of-the-Year!

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Two excellent books that are being released in cheaper, paperback editions this week.  Now would be an excellent time to read them, if you haven’t already!

Acedia and Me - Kathleen Norris

Acedia and Me:

A Marriage, Monks
and A Writer’s Life.

Kathleen Norris.
Paperback:
Riverhead,
March 2010.

Our 2008 Book of the Year!

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Beyond Biotechnology:
The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering.
Craig Holdrege and Steve Talbott.
Paperback:

University Press of Kentucky. 2010.

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The Other Journal has recently published a wonderful two-part interview with Kathleen Norris about her new book Acedia and Me, which you do not want to miss!!!

The Other Journal (TOJ): Hi, Kathleen. We’re really interested in your new book Acedia and Me. Also, a lot of our readers are going into church leadership positions or are interested in current trends in theology, so we are really excited to hear your perspective on things. Thank you very much.

Kathleen Norris (KN): Oh, great! I am interested, of course, in anything that talks about theology and culture.

TOJ: When I read Acedia and Me, I found myself feeling two emotions: relief and astonishment. I was relieved that someone had named this thing and astounded at how pervasive acedia had become. It was a little bit like finding one ant in the bedroom and then on further investigation finding a million ants in the bedroom! The more I read this book, the more I really did agree with the nun that warned you about the danger of approaching acedia—1

KN: Yes, I brought her up because to me, that’s it. Sometimes, some of the audiences I’ve had have said, “Is there anything positive about acedia that you can learn from it?” No. I think you just learn from the discipline. Like the desert monks say, “Prayer is warfare to the last breath.” So, there are some positive things, but I tell them that acedia is about the most negative thing I can imagine. It disconnects you from yourself, from other people, from God. It’s an incredibly negative thing. I really can’t think of a real positive spin on it. I can’t think of one.

TOJ: I was fascinated with the fact that it really is one of the most negative things yet also one of the most subtle and invisible things. It seems that it may also be the easiest thing to pass over; because it doesn’t wear a bright uniform, it blends in with the background really well.

KN: The best writing on acedia is really from the fourth century. You can’t beat Evagrius. He’s so good.

I, also, was so enchanted to find the great Canadian novelist Robertson Davies’s statement—if you look at my “commonplace book,” at the end of the book, I’ve included an excerpt from him. He really captures it, exactly what acedia is and how it works.2 He shows how it really kind of creeps up on us; we don’t quite know what it is and how devastating it is. And here he is, a fairly secular writer, I believe, in a speech he gave called “The Deadliest of the Sins,” and somehow, he understood what acedia was better than most—that is such a great description of acedia.

The reason that commonplace book exists, of course, is because I was collecting material on this for twenty years. I just kept finding things and then finding more things. That speech was actually a fairly late find for me. It was a speech he’d given, and it was collected in a book of his essays and speeches, miscellany kind of stuff.

TOJ: I remember following up on interviews with you over the years, and you occasionally mentioned that you were going to write a book on sloth.

KN: That was the easiest way to describe what I was trying to do, to talk about sloth, because if I said acedia, unless the person that I was talking to was Benedictine or a Trappist, they would have no idea what I meant. So that was the way I chose to talk about it. I would say sloth or spiritual sloth and then people could kind of connect, but normally the word acedia, for reasons I explain in the book, has been kind of lost to us. It’s not a familiar term.

 Read the full interview:

Part 1:   http://www.theotherjournal.com/article.php?id=494

Part 2:  http://www.theotherjournal.com/article.php?id=495

Acedia and Me:
A Marriage, Monks and A Writer’s Life.

Kathleen Norris.

Hardcover. Riverhead Books. 2008.
Buy now from: [ Doulos Christou Books $21 ] [ Amazon ]

 

“Why are we so depressed?”

A Review of
Acedia and Me:
A Marriage, Monks and A Writer’s Life.

by Kathleen Norris.

 

By Chris Smith.

 

Acedia and Me:
A Marriage, Monks and A Writer’s Life.

Kathleen Norris.

Hardcover. Riverhead Books. 2008.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]


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