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i can see how this book is NOT for everyone. dilettantes (those looking for a quick and fashionable fix) need not apply. but for the serious minded who seek legitimate context, this book is a jewel. Norris' narration brings alive her words and her experiences. the only caveat i offer is that some of the book is eccentric ... in a positive sense of that word: it is about her (acedia and ME) but as a cautionary tale, she's good and offers an informed perspective.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Acedia & Me to be better than the print version?
I have both. I don't think one can compare audio to print. They serve different purposes. Both are great in this case.
What did you like best about this story?
Norris' assessment and application of acedia's influence within our affluent American culture is spot on.
What about Kathleen Norris’s performance did you like?
She is bit academic. But it is honest and I always like the author to read. The story is personal enough that is right to have her read it.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The chapter "Acedia's Progress" is so sharp. Norris' application of acedia as the malady of our milieu is not shallow but solid and convincing. I was so impressed. I put it to journal attempting to make it as close as possible.
Any additional comments?
I believe this work is far more than a personal story. It is so throughly researched and cohesive that it more like a doctoral class at a seminary, taught by both the expert and the practitioner. I am have only briefly ran across the term "acedia" in my readings of early desert hermits, so I am no expert on the subject. But after hearing Norris I feel I understand the concept very well.
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