Amazing Grace

  • by Kathleen Norris
  • Narrated by Debra Winger
  • 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When poet Kathleen Norris was a child, the words judgment, prayer, salvation, sinner, and even Christ all formed what she calls religion's "scary vocabulary" - words that intimidate and alienate people from their faith. As an adult, Norris set out to reclaim her religion, redefining these words using her own experience. In Amazing Grace, she shares her wisdom, challenges our fear of difficult theological ideas, and offers an illuminating perspective on the vocabulary of faith.

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Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1998, Religion / Spirituality

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I am in the stage or rethinking my faith and redefining the terms that I grew up hearing. I found this to be a great book.
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- Amazon Customer

a poet reflects on "religious" words

Norris' refections on the deeper meaning of words we use in everyday spiritual conversions (like "heaven," "prayer" or "silence"), as well as on words more theological (like eschatology" or "hermeneutics") make for joyful listening. Winger's reading is OK (though I think she sometimes mispronounces), but I would have preferred Norris' own voice for a book like this.

I think those who like writers such as Thomas Moore, James Finlay, or Rob Bell would enjoy this. Norris claims to receive criticism from both liberal and conservative Christians, but I think her reflections are food for thought for both (though more agreeable to the ecumenically minded). I thought her early "Cloister Walk" a superior listen.
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- connie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books