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Lying Awake - Mark Salzman
Lying Awake
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Mark Salzman's Lying Awake is a finely wrought gem that plumbs the depths of one woman's soul, and in so doing raises salient questions about the power-and price-of faith.Sister John's cloistered life of peace and prayer has been electrified by ever more frequent visions of God's radiance,... show more
Mark Salzman's Lying Awake is a finely wrought gem that plumbs the depths of one woman's soul, and in so doing raises salient questions about the power-and price-of faith.Sister John's cloistered life of peace and prayer has been electrified by ever more frequent visions of God's radiance, leading her toward a deep religious ecstasy. Her life and writings have become examples of devotion. Yet her visions are accompanied by shattering headaches that compel Sister John to seek medical help. When her doctor tells her an illness may be responsible for her gift, Sister John faces a wrenching choice: to risk her intimate glimpses of the divine in favor of a cure, or to continue her visions with the knowledge that they might be false-and might even cost her her life.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780747561408 (0747561400)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 181
Edition language: English
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cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
4.0 Lying Awake
A celebrated novelist must face her faithfulness midway through her vocation as a nun.
demerson19
demerson19 rated it
4.0 Lying Awake
An excellent book exploring the topic of God's entrance into the the world through what we see as unusual ways. A nun with mystical experiences finds out they may be "cured" by brain surgery. Are the mystical experiences real or the result of a brain tumor? Is there a difference? Dostoevsky "suffere...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
I'm not terribly interested in religion, but Salzman's central question is great: what if the deep, religious feelings aren't about God?
debnance
debnance rated it
4.0 Lying Awake
What it means to truly connect with God; book leaves you with the questions. Recommended.
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