Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life (E–pub/Kindle) Ï Kathleen Norris

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Characters Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life Read ï Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life 107 Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kathleen Norris Idst of grave illness; and her keen interest in the monastic tradition Unlike her earlier books this one features a poignant narrative throughout of Norris’s and her husband’s bouts with acedia and its clinical cousin depression Moreover her analysis of acedia reveals its burden not just on individuals but on whole societies and that the “restless boredom frantic escapism commitment phobia and enervating despair that we struggle with today are the ancient demon of acedia in modern dress?. Sept 2014After re reading this bookI would move this book up to a 4 12 star so am rounding up Very worthwhileJuly 20102010 Review This is another of Kathleen Norris books published in 2008 so the most recent of the books she s written I read The uotidian Mysteries first then this book then her others in random order The text of The uotidian Mysteries is actually about a chapters worth of material in Acedia and Me so you see some of the same material over againAs I mentioned before reading Kathleen Norris books is rather like peeling an onion She discusses many of the same issues in her books but from slightly different perspectives While I have read her other books with interest Acedia and Me is a very sober book that brings many of the issues she has discussed elsewhere into stark focus The subtitle is A Marriage Monks and A Writer s Life This is where the onion layers all peel back and we cry with her over the very open and honest journey she takes with her husband that ultimately ends in his death after years and years of illness and depression and discouragement While she talks of illness and depression in her other books here she delves deeply into them and studies and examines them in light of the struggles of her own marriage her husband s illnesses and eventual death her difficulties in writing and the struggles of her own search for God s truthAcedia from the title is defined by the author as at its Greek root it means the absence of care The person afflicted with acedia refuses to care or is incapable of doing so When life becomes too challenging and engagement with others too demanding acedia offers a kind of spiritual morphine you know the pain is there yet can t rouse yourself to give a damn Acedia and depression at first sound synonymous but again the author offers up her distinction I would suggest that while depression is an illness treatable by counseling and medication acedia is a vice that is best countered by spiritual practice and the discipline of prayerKathleen has the temperament that tends toward melancholy and depression She married a man who also had this personality trait David her husband grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family but became disenchanted with the emotional non rational faith of his Roman Catholic mother and left Roman Catholic church to delve into mathematics and rational sciences after his mother s death A poet with scientific leanings he also began to bear in his body the results of his depression and melancholy Kathleen became interested in her Christian faith as she rediscovered the words and poetry of the Bible She began pursuing the spiritual practice of the Liturgy of the Hours as practiced by Benedictines A Presbyterian Christian poet married to a lapsed Roman Catholic poet they began years of grindingly difficult cycles of illness depression recovery David was off put by Kathleen s returning Christian faith yet he was genuinely thankful for her faith in Christ Woven all through this book is the spiritual remedy for Kathleen s spiritual struggle with acedia It is reading the Bible regularly and aloud primarily through the practice of the Liturgy of the Hours and prayer Her struggles are real and she writes very powerfully about them Her tenacity to cling to the words of the Bible is also very powerful The Desert Fathers and Mothers believed the words of the Bible were and are true and thus they had the power to change you Kathleen believes this also and demonstrates that while her remedies do not remove the thorn in the flesh they are effective in allowing her to have a marriage she and her husband considered to be a blessing work that she delighted in and confidence that she was working towards an eternal goal worth attainingI recommend this book It was encouraging for me to read not because I read it and felt better at the end because everything ended up so tidily and nice It was encouraging because life is messy and life is hard and while Christ does redeem and save us we still have to live each day of our lives in often difficult circumstances that do not clean up well For her to have fought for so many years with her depression to have struggled and worked and wept and rejoiced with her husband through all the years of illness and disease and to come out on the other side and say I am thankful to God for his blessings that is true testimony that the remedy of spiritual practice and the discipline of prayer does indeed work

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Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life

Characters Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life Read ï Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life 107 Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kathleen Norris Kathleen Norris had written several books yet she couldn’t drag herself out of bed in the morning couldn’t summon the energy for daily tasks Even as she struggled Norris recognized her familiar battle with acedia She had discovered the word in an early Church text when she was in her thirties Having endured times of deep soul weariness since she was a teenager she immediately recognized that this passage described her affliction sinking into a state of being unable to care Fascinated by thi. Norris says in the introduction to this book that she s been working on it for a long long time gathering materials reading and writing I suspect that what she was waiting for consciously or intuitively was an organizing structure She never found itAcedia Me is full of lots of wisdom and reflection on the spiritual problem of depressionapathyboredomdistraction as well as a smattering of wonderful uotes and stories from church literature that has been largely forgotten by the church and stories about her husband s illnesses and her own battles with depression etc and uotes from modern authors about society s ills and anything else that managed to fall into her file marked Acedia over the yearsThe problem is that it s barely organized at all And at 327 pages it s an awful lot of unorganized notes and thoughts Some things repeat almost verbatim often variations on the same theme are twenty pages apart It gets kind of hard to keep plugging through after the first hundred pages or so while new stuff does turn up now and then maintaining a sense of progression through the book is almost impossibleThere is an awful lot of great stuff here Norris has diagnosed a problem in society and written some excellent words of insight and reflection about itToo bad she never found that organizing structure The Natural Mind Waking Up Volume I in the morning couldn’t summon the energy for daily tasks Even as she struggled Norris recognized her familiar battle with acedia She had discovered the word Surprised by Suffering in an early Church text when she was Fun with Zip and Zap Phonics chapter book in her thirties Having endured times of deep soul weariness since she was a teenager she The Hyde Park Headsman immediately recognized that this passage described her affliction sinking The Best American Science Writing 2006 into a state of being unable to care Fascinated by thi. Norris says Farmer in the Expanding Opportunity introduction to this book that she s been working on A Little Mistake it for a long long time gathering materials reading and writing I suspect that what she was waiting for consciously or Gaia Ambition intuitively was an organizing structure She never found Heavy Expectations itAcedia Me Bosom Destiny is full of lots of wisdom and reflection on the spiritual problem of depressionapathyboredomdistraction as well as a smattering of wonderful uotes and stories from church literature that has been largely forgotten by the church and stories about her husband s Keys to inner space illnesses and her own battles with depression etc and uotes from modern authors about society s Nann Dunnes Books Sampler ills and anything else that managed to fall Orley Farm into her file marked Acedia over the yearsThe problem Wanting Jocelyn is that Nashtaneer Dui bon Malancha it s barely organized at all And at 327 pages The Serpentine Cave it s an awful lot of unorganized notes and thoughts Some things repeat almost verbatim often variations on the same theme are twenty pages apart It gets kind of hard to keep plugging through after the first hundred pages or so while new stuff does turn up now and then maintaining a sense of progression through the book The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps New Poems is almost A Mrs Miracle Christmas impossibleThere The Poison Garden is an awful lot of great stuff here Norris has diagnosed a problem Kill Hill in society and written some excellent words of Bumps in the Night insight and reflection about Dominic's Child itToo bad she never found that organizing structure

Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kathleen Norris

Characters Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life Read ï Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life 107 Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kathleen Norris S “noonday demon” so familiar to those in the early and medieval Church Norris read intensively and knew she must restore this forgotten but utterly relevant and important concept to the modern world’s vernacular Like Norris’s The Cloister Walk Acedia me is part memoir and part meditation As in her Amazing Grace here Norris explicates and demystifies a spiritual concept exploring acedia through the geography of her life as a writer; her marriage and the challenges of commitment in the m. An erudite if rambling book that tries to combine the writer s life with meditations on the concept of Acedia Acedia unfortunately seems to be hard for her to define it s a habit of mind that combines a sort of fatalistic resentment of things with laziness and that affects people who are drawn to the monastic life I don t want to do anything and I don t careMixed in with this are biographical snapshots of her life Her husbands slow hidden sink into depression her life as a young woman going back to a school union These are little moments of beauty because Norris is an elegant masterful poet When she concentrates on these the book shinesHowever the bulk of it is wrestling with the noonday demon the ghost of Acedia and it is too transparent to pin down Even as a concept as she mentions several times it disappears from usage and from dictionaries as a word That drags the book down If it had been a slim biography it would be fascinating but unfortunately it feels like an aimless ramble Or a wrestling match trying to use words to banish the demon at her heels However I still enjoyed it and The Cloister Walk is also excellent


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    Characters Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life (E–pub/Kindle) Ï Kathleen Norris Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kathleen Norris Norris says in the introduction to this book that she's been working on it for a long long time gathering materials reading and writing I susp

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    Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kathleen Norris Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life (E–pub/Kindle) Ï Kathleen Norris Kathleen Norris ↠ 7 Review After digesting this book for a couple weeks I realize the analogy is that like the Slow Food movement this book is meant to be read slowly in small doses and savored inbetween The title for that matter gives no real clue as to what it contains especially the word AcediaSo what does it mean? Acedia a tendency a demonic attack a spiritual mani

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    Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life (E–pub/Kindle) Ï Kathleen Norris Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kathleen Norris An erudite if rambling book that tries to combine the writer's life with meditations on the concept of Acedia Acedia unfortunately seems to be

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    Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kathleen Norris Kathleen Norris ↠ 7 Review Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life (E–pub/Kindle) Ï Kathleen Norris Sept 2014After re reading this bookI would move this book up to a 4 12 star so am rounding up Very worthwhileJuly 20102010 Review This is another of Kathleen Norris' books published in 2008 so the most recent of the books she's written I read The uotidian Mysteries first then this book then her others in random order The text of The uotidian Mysteries is actually about a chapters worth of material in Acedia and Me so you see some of the

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  • Hardcover
  • 334
  • Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer's Life
  • Kathleen Norris
  • English
  • 07 July 2019
  • 9781594489969