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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,667 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen Norris Narrator: Debra Winger Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 2/17/2014

    " "A Dictionary of Faith" By examining/re-defining significant words in the Judeo-Christian lexicon Norris takes the sting out of many that have become incredibly destructive in the hands of the self-righteous and overzealous, and deepens the significance of others that may be often overlooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/28/2014

    " yay. realistic AND inspiring. she's a good writer with experiences worth speaking out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 1/21/2014

    " More insights from a poet, thinker and woman of faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/18/2014

    " She's definitely in a genre - but quite wonderful if you like that sort of thing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/14/2014

    " Another book I just randomly picked up yesterday and really like. I have never heard of Kathleen Norris but I really enjoy her writing. While I don't agree with all of her theology she is thought provoking without being tedious. I plan to look for more of her books as I am already nearly finished with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoy Kathleen Norris's writing, though it is also sometimes challenging. But it's great (and thought-provoking, and inspiring) to see the way she weaves together 4th-Century desert monks, Emily Dickinson, and her own experiences... She provides a really good model of how to think about Christianity in a rigorous but open-hearted way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/12/2014

    " Part of my permanent library--this one. Norris brings new meaning to many things that we only think we understand about religion and our relationship with God. Sometimes, that new meaning comes from her exploration into the original meaning that has been lost over centuries. Mostly, she turns religion into a spiritual awakening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/9/2014

    " As with so many profound human concepts, our language around the topic of spirituality and devotion is limited, divisive and often fails us. This is a wonderful book for someone who both loves words, their intricacies & evolution, and is reconstructing a personal spiritual ground. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dora | 1/8/2014

    " Changed my life, gave words to my heart's thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/23/2013

    " didn't get to finish reading before had to return to library "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danor | 12/7/2013

    " This is a somewhat difficult book for me to completely understand. It does give a good contemplative explanation or definition of what are often misunderstood words and language within the bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 11/20/2013

    " Deep revelation in bite-sized pieces "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/13/2013

    " This book gave me a way back into church. I still go back to it when I stumble over words that make no sense to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Terhorst | 5/12/2013

    " If you have struggled with an "icky" Christian upbringing, this is a great book to put things in perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/3/2013

    " This is probably my favorite Kathleen Norris book as I love the way that each chapter stands alone. She links memories and writes about different "churchie" words in a way that helps them to be more real and not so scary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 11/8/2012

    " This book felt to me like it was rushed to press after the success of The Cloister Walk. Norris is one of my favorite writers, but this book didn't seem up to her usual standard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orangeblossoms Peace | 10/26/2012

    " Essays about faith that make real and alive the complexities, subtleties, and realities of trying to live it with integrity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 9/19/2012

    " This is my second or third time through this book and I could go right back to the beginning... her insights on the language of church and religion are profound, and inspiring, actually. I use this book as a devotional...and it is such a rich one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 8/31/2012

    " I liked this when I read it , but my own interest in spirituality has changed so much I don't know that I would react the same. Norris is a good writer though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Wagner | 8/13/2012

    " My dad gave this to me as a gift before I began ministry. The short chapters are inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/17/2012

    " this is a book that must be savored in little pieces. something to come back to time and time again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 1/31/2012

    " A breath of fresh air! She manages to inject new life into the words used to describe and/or express faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/29/2011

    " Maybe my all-time favorite book. Each chapter is it's own subject on an issue of faith that makes you think about the words we throw around in casual conversation, but don't actually own ... such as "Apocalypse" ... what does that mean to you? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juli | 12/26/2011

    " A great book to pick up at any point in time. Not one you have to read all at once since each chapter is it's own little discourse. As usual Kathleen Norris allows space for questions and invites you to into the deep mystery of God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/18/2011

    " I could talk about this book for hours and am more than willing to do so if anyone wants to get me started! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shemaiah | 11/18/2011

    " I read this book every other year during Lent. This is my 4th read through. I love how Norris brings faith and doubt alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summisse | 10/13/2011

    " Her books are life to me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summisse | 5/1/2011

    " Her books are life to me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 11/1/2010

    " More insights from a poet, thinker and woman of faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 5/16/2010

    " A good read for inspiration. Like Reader's Digest. Once you start reading, like peanuts, you can't stop at just one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/15/2010

    " The power of words and their meanings in our lives "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. Joyce | 3/25/2010

    " Amazing, just like the title. I am refreshed and inspired after reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/8/2010

    " I love re-reading books when I am at a different phase of life -- so glad to see that my relationship, love, and understanding of God is not the same as the first time I read this! Good for reflective thinking on the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 1/31/2010

    " This book takes familiar terms and writes about each from a new point of view. For instance, compare what we mean when we say 'I believe in you' to a person to what we mean when we say it about God. The same or different? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/15/2010

    " didn't get to finish reading before had to return to library "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 11/13/2009

    " I liked this when I read it , but my own interest in spirituality has changed so much I don't know that I would react the same. Norris is a good writer though. "

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About the Author
Author Kathleen Norris

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning poet, writer, and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk, Amazing Grace, and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. An oblate of Assumption Abbey, Norris divides her time between Hawaii and South Dakota.

About the Narrator

Debra Winger is an actress and producer known for her Academy Award–nominated performances in An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment, and Shadowlands.