Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith (Paperback)

Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith Cover Image
No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.



From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Cloister Walk, a book about Christianity, spirituality, and rediscovered faith.

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.

About the Author

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Cloister Walk and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, among others. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. She divides her time between South Dakota and Hawaii.

Praise For…

"An engaging meditation on the language of faith."—The New York Times Book Review

"It's hard to imagine less off-putting or pious writing about religion than this sublimely commonsensical lexicon of words and concepts that, as Kathleen Norris explains them, have rarely sounded less frightening—or quite so simple to understand."—Elle

"Definitely worthwhile reading... She combines an impressive understanding of theology with personal experience, making her essays read like letters from a highly literate friend."—People

"A unique and glorious voice."—Boston Globe

"[Kathleen Norris] writes about religion with the imagination of a poet."—Chicago Tribune

"One of the most eloquent yet earthbound spiritual writers of our time...frequently irreverent and funny... She makes us converts to her simple faith of warmth." —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9781573227216
ISBN-10: 1573227218
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 1999
Pages: 400
Language: English

Download Audiobooks

Libro.fmWe've partnered with to bring you a top-notch option for digital audiobooks. Take a look at our large catalog of recorded books at 

Dig Sylva LogoOur Neighbors: City Lights Cafe