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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
  • Kathleen Norris
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 9781594484384

10 thoughts on “Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

  1. says:

    Since so many people are reading this now I thought I would pull my old blog reviews out of storage and place it here Post 1 Acedia Me A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer s LifeDante s Inferno Canto 7Once we were grimAnd sullen in the sweet air above, that tookA further gladness from the play of the sun Inside us, we bore acedia s dismal smoke.We have this black mire now to be sullen in I have never read Kathleen Norris before and I am pretty sure I would not have enjoyed reading her in the past but people change and circumstances change and I found myself very much needing this book and very happy that I providentially picked it up while browsing the shelves at the library.The subtitle of the book is A Marriage, Monks and a Writer s Life, which makes this book a memoir but also a description of a little acknowledged sin.Acedie could be called the absence of caring that might come on the heels of great personal changes Norris says, But the word transition cannot convey my struggle with the rigors of grief, a residual exhaustion from years of steadily increasing adversity, and the promptings of acedia to respond to all of this by not caring In spite of our very different lives, Kathleen and I seem to share a temperament She finds solace in metaphor and the Psalms just like me Perhaps acedie is the unique sin of the overly passionate I cannot help but think of the line from Yeats The best lack all ...


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    Norris says in the introduction to this book that she s been working on it for a long, long time, gathering materials, reading, and writing I suspect that what she was waiting for consciously or intuitively was an organizing structure She never found it Acedia Me is full of lots of wisdom and reflection on the spiritual problem of depression apathy boredom distraction, as well as a smattering of wonderful quotes and stories from church literature that has been largely forgotten by the church, and stories about her husband s illnesses, and her own battles with depression etc and quotes from modern authors about society s ills, and anything else that managed to fall into her file marked Acedia over the years.The problem is that it s barely organized at all And at 327 pages, it s an awful lot of unorganized notes and thoughts Some things repeat almost verbatim often variations on the same theme are twenty pages apart It gets kind of hard to keep plugging through after the first...


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    After digesting this book for a couple weeks, I realize the analogy is that like the Slow Food movement, this book is meant to be read slowly, in small doses, and savored inbetween The title, for that matter, gives no real clue as to what it contains especially the word, Acedia.So what does it mean Acedia a tendency, a demonic attack, a spiritual manifestation, a temptation, a sin, that tends to cause apathy in the face of a call to action, bitterness in the face of conditions that call for thankfulness, a withdrawal when the person or others need connection, boredom instead of appreciation for a routine, etc, etc The author, Kathleen Norris, seems to spend half of the book circling the term, describing what it is not, what is similar, how the early church monastics viewed and dealt with it, and how today s psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and pharmacologists have touched upon it She circles, describes, retreats, then returns If the tracing of this phenomenon was the only theme of the book, I would have lost interest, but Norris weaves her search and reflections with much practical aspects of her life of writing and all its challenges, and an even personal reflection on her marriage, commitment, and grace given through its many decades Her relationship with her husband becomes poignant as he eventually dies from illness after a number of health crises Her insights through his slow decline, complete with the ups and downs of gratefulness and depression...


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    Reread pp 1 80 David enjoyed a passage I had found in Louise Bogan s memoirs, in which she writes of seeing out the window of a psychiatric ward, a woman hanging clothes and of wishing that I, too, could hang out clothes in a happy, normal way When she walked with other patients at the hour when children begin to scent supper, she observed an air of despondency came over the group The women knew the hour in their bones It was no hour to be out, taking an aimless walk 81 I am so glad that the therapists of my maturity and the saints of my childhood agree on one thing Bogan, 81 Stand up, take your mat and walk What kind of answer is that To a sick person, a depressed person, that is precisely what is not possible And don t try to say, as Jesus does, that it s my faith that makes me well That s just plain discouraging if I take it to mean, as far too many have, that my lack of faith keeps me ill Surely we can drop that particular bludgeon from our theological arsenal 83 This gives hope that there is a faith for those of us who, like Miss Dickinson, may believe...


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    Sept 2014After re reading this book.I would move this book up to a 4 1 2 star, so am rounding up Very worthwhile July 20102010 Review This is another of Kathleen Norris books, published in 2008, so the most recent of the books she s written I read The Quotidian Mysteries first, then this book, then her others in random order The text of The Quotidian Mysteries is actually about a chapters worth of material in Acedia and Me , so you see some of the same material over again.As I mentioned before, reading Kathleen Norris books is rather like peeling an onion She discusses many of the same issues in her books, but from slightly different perspectives While I have read her other books with interest, Acedia and Me is a very sober book that brings many of the issues she has discussed elsewhere into stark focus The subtitle is A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer s Life This is where the onion layers all peel back and we cry with her over the very open and honest journey she takes with her husband that ultimately ends in his death after years and years of illness and depression and discouragement While she talks of illness and depression in her other books, here she delves deeply into them and studies and examines t...


  6. says:

    An erudite, if rambling book that tries to combine the writer s life with meditations on the concept of Acedia Acedia unfortunately seems to be hard for her to define it s a habit of mind that combines a sort of fatalistic resentment of things with laziness, and that affects people who are drawn to the monastic life I don t want to do anything, and I don t care Mixed in with this are biographical snapshots of her life Her husbands slow, hidden sink into depression, her life as a young woman, going back to a school union These are little moments of beauty, because Norris is an elegant, masterful poet When she concentrates on these, the book shines.However the bulk of it is wrestling with the noonday demon, the ghost of Acedia, and it is too transparent to pin down Even as a concept, as she mentions several times it disappears from usage and from dictionaries as a word That drags the book down If it had been a slim biography, it would be fascinatin...


  7. says:

    I was disappointed with this book It was just too uneven of a book, with moments when it really picked up my interest and passages that spoke to my heart, only to fade in a few pages to the repetitious descriptions of acedia At times I just wanted to scream at her go back and rewrite it all as essays I really wanted to hear about her experience as a teenager, about marriage, death and spiritual growth But she insisted on linking it all under the theme of acedia, and too often it felt manufactured To add to it, she seemed very intended in using every single reference ever made about acedia over the past 1,500 years Now, some of the quotations were fitting and very interesting Dante s Inferno for instance but the overabundance thinned their impact However, I am still going to give her 3 stars because when I look back at the book, it has so many dog eared pages and underlined quotes ye...


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    Oh this latest from K Norris is her best yet, at least to my brain A little known to the modern world wave of thought behavior called Acedia is its focus Here Norris has spared no effort, during the book s incubation over the last 20 years, at yanking Acedia out from its sly hiding places in her own life and subjecting it to a lasery investigation This investigation includes the testimonies of men and women who fled the cities in the early Christian era for the purpose of creating labs out of their own body minds What they found was the 8 classic bad thoughts which, when allowed to fester and grow, can and will derail the basic sanity and goodness in any human being Turns out Acedia is the slipperiest of the usual suspects.This one...


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    FABULOUS I d forgotten how much I d enjoyed Kathleen Norris before I found this book in a thrift store Then, it turned out the local library had the audiobook version, with a cd that included a pdf of many of the quotes This book helped me think through some topics Here are some of my favorite quotes.making your bed is a form of showing hospitatlity to yourselfphysical work is the best way to fight acediaYou struggle with apathy because you have a great capacity for zealonly worry about fighting it acedia specifically, but any problem today and NOT tomorrow also.a refusal to suffer pain is also a refusal to love It may be that people were created to care, but that does not mean it comes naturallycaring can seem like weakness Kathleen NorrisWhat is integrity Abba Poeman replied Always to accuse oneself Kathleen Norris It is not sincerity, it is Truth which frees us because it transforms us It tears us away from our inmost slavery To seek sincerity above all things is perhaps, at bottom, not to want to be transformed Henri de LubacPage 130 We appear to be anything but slothful, yet that is exactly what we are, as we do and care less, and feel pressured to do still .We may well ask If we are always in motion, constantly engaged ...


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    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally Christian author Kathleen Norris has long been fascinated by the ancient psychological condition known to monks as acedia, and which was actually one of the original Seven Deadly Sins back when they were known at the beginning of Christianity as the Eight Bad Thoughts But what exactly is it Long thought as the pre Enlightenment version of depression combined with sloth, Norris book length analysis of the term along with a detailed memoir of her personal experience with the subject shows that it s actually a much complicated thing, an emotional state that we would do good in our modern secular times to once again start to identify and treat a sort of apathy about the world combined with restlessness, which then outwardly manifests itself not only in ways similar to clinical depression, but also with a marked increase of boredom and desire for escapism, and a greater fear than normal of commitment Although she goes out of her way to assure nervous readers that she doesn t mean for acedia to completely replace modern clinical depression as a concept, she does make a compelling argument for the idea that many modern people a...


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About the Author: Kathleen Norris

Kathleen Norris was born on July 27, 1947 in Washington, D.C She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as on her maternal grandparents farm in Lemmon, South Dakota Her sheltered upbringing left her unprepared for the world she encountered when she began attending Bennington College in Vermont At first shocked by the unconventionality surrounding her, Norris took refuge in poetry After she grad