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Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

ISBN 10: 1594489963 / 1-59448-996-3
ISBN 13: 9781594489969
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Hardcover
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A memoir based on the ancient concept of "soul weariness" explores the phenomenon's relevance in modern culture, meditating on the ways in which depression-like acedia influenced the author's experiences as a writer, a family member, and a patient. 150,000 first printing.

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"Filled with gorgeous prose, generous quotations from Christian thinkers across the centuries and fascinating etymological detours, this discomfiting book provides not just spiritual hope but a much-needed kick in the rear."

Publishers Weekly, 06/09/2008

Review:
"[Norris] challenges her readers to be self-aware, conscious of their behavior and of how it both reveals and affects their souls."

Kathryn Harrison, New York Times Book Review, 12/21/2008

 

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Book Description: Riverhead Books, United States, 2008. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 229 x 162 mm. Brand New Book. View our feature on Kathleen Norris s Acedia Me. Kathleen Norris s masterpiece: a personal and moving memoir that resurrects the ancient term acedia, or soul-weariness, and brilliantly explores its relevancy to the modern individual and culture. 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. Like Norris s bestselling The Cloister Walk, Acedia me is part memoir and part meditation. As in her bestselling 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 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. An examination of acedia in the light of theology, psychology, monastic spirituality, the healing powers of religious practice, and Norris s own experience, Acedia me is both intimate and historically sweeping, brimming with exasperation and reverence, sometimes funny, often provocative, and always important. Bookseller Inventory # NLF9781594489969

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