Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of 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 form faith. Words like "judgment," "faith," "dogma," "salvation," "sinner"—even "Christ"—formed what she called her "scary vocabulary," words that had become to codified or abstract that their meanings were all but impenetrable. She found that 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 believes and doubters alike an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and fine faith in the contemporary world.