Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

October 31, 2020
Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THEYEARFrom the New York Times-bestselling author ofThe Cloister Walk, a book about Christianity,spirituality, and rediscovered faith.Struggling with her return to the Christian church after manyyears away, Kathleen Norris found it was the language ofChristianity that most distanced her from faith. Words like"judgment," "faith," "dogma," "salvation," "sinner"—even"Christ"—formed what she called her "scary vocabulary," words thathad become so codified or abstract that their meanings were all butimpenetrable. She found she had to wrestle with them and make themher 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, andoffers a moving account of her own gradual conversion. She evokes arich spirituality rooted firmly in the chaos of everyday life—andoffers believers and doubters alike an illuminating perspective onhow we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in thecontemporary world.From the Trade Paperback edition.