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Title:Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
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Publisher:Mariner Books
ISBN:0618127240
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Number of Pages:256
Category:Non fiction, Memoir, Spirituality, Religion

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Dakota: A Spiritual Geography A beautiful meditation on life in the Great Plains from award winning author and poet Kathleen Norris b .

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Kathleen Norris invites readers to experience rich moments of prayer and presence in i Dakota i a timeless tribute to a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate and sublime harsh and forgiving steeped in history and myth In thoughtful discerning prose she explores how we come to inhabit the world we see and how that world also inhabits us Her voice is a steady assurance that we can and do chart our spiritual geography wherever we go

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The Virgin of Bennington, The Cloister Walk, The Psalms with Commentary, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica, The Best American Essays 2001, The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women's Work, Little Girls in Church, Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith
Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer work and scripture This is the question that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she found herself on two extended residencies at St John s Abbey in Minnesota Part record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life i The Cloister Walk i demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its ritual its sense of community can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives In this stirring and lyrical work the monastery often considered archaic or otherworldly becomes immediate accessible and relevant to us no matter what our faith may be br br A New York Times bestseller for weeks br A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, No description available, b A beautiful meditation on life in the Great Plains from award winning author and poet Kathleen Norris b br br br br Kathleen Norris invites readers to experience rich moments of prayer and presence in i Dakota i a timeless tribute to a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate and sublime harsh and forgiving steeped in history and myth In thoughtful discerning prose she explores how we come to inhabit the world we see and how that world also inhabits us Her voice is a steady assurance that we can and do chart our spiritual geography wherever we go, b Kathleen Norris s masterpiece a personal and moving memoir that resurrects the ancient term i acedia i or soul weariness and brilliantly explores its relevancy to the modern individual and culture b br br Kathleen Norris had written several much loved 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 this 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 br br Like Norris s bestselling i The Cloister Walk i i Acedia amp me i is part memoir and part meditation As in her bestselling i Amazing Grace i 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 midst 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 br br An examination of acedia in the light of theology psychology monastic spirituality the healing powers of religious practice and Norris s own experience i Acedia amp me i is both intimate and historically sweeping brimming with exasperation and reverence sometimes funny often provocative and always important