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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 storytelling etymology and memoir Norris uses 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 traditions and find faith in the contemporary world


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    This makes the shortlist of books I would hand to skeptics to show them there might be something to this Christianity nonsense after all Like Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg it aims to inject new life into theological terms that have become mere jargon “it is my accommodation of and reconciliation with the vocabulary of Christian faith that has been the measure of my conversion” Norris writesShe spent 20 years away from the faith but gradually made her way back via the simple Presbyterianism of her Dakota relatives but also through becoming an oblate at a Benedictine monastery – two completely different expressions of the same faith At times liturgy has only been like going through the motions for her but sometimes dutiful action cuts through her doubts I especially appreciated how she gives personal weight to the term “salvation” attributing to Christianity the ability to save her marriage after her husband’s severe depression threatened to crush it“My book might be seen as a search for lower consciousness an attempt to remove the patina of abstraction or glassy eyed piety from religious words by telling stories about them by grounding them in the world we live in as mortal and often comically fallible human beings” And that is exactly what she does in few page essays she gives each word or phrase a rich backstory through anecdote scripture and lived philosophy For instance Incarnation “it waits in puzzlement it hesitates Coming from Galilee as it were from a place of little hope it reveals the ordinary circumstances of my life to be full of mystery and gospel which means ‘good news’” Prayer “is not asking for what you think you want but asking to be changed in ways you can’t imagine To be made grateful able to see the good in what you have been given instead of always grieving for what might have been I sometimes think of prayer as a certain quality of attention that comes upon me when I’m busy doing something else When a person—friend or foe—suddenly comes to mind I take it as a sign to pray for them” Church “When formal worship seems less than worshipful—and it often does—if I am bored by the sheer weight of verbiage in Presbyterian worship—and I often am—I have only to look around at the other people in the pews to remind myself that we are engaged in something important something that transcends our feeble attempts at worship let alone my crankiness”The book is on the long side so take it slowly a few essays at a time There are too many excellent quotes to copy out here as my Post It strewn paperback attests so I will simply give this my highest recommendation and say that I mean to read every other book Norris has written including poetry She’s the sort of down to earth guru I could follow Others I would include The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren Secrets in the Dark by Frederick Buechner Falling Upward by Richard Rohr How Not to Speak of God by Peter Rollins Unapologetic by Francis Spufford An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian by Paul F Knitterand anything by Anne Lamott