15 November 2014

Acedia & Me; Kathleen Norris

Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's LifeAcedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life by Kathleen Norris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not quite what I expected: the monks are mostly old (or, perhaps a better phrase is "historic") and the build up to the writer's life is very, very slow. The idea of acedia is old, but, as Norris explains, has become part of depression and thus somewhat lost its importance in our mental lexicon. Yet it's not depression, it's the inability to move forward, to do anything. How we respond to acedia, how we work through it, was what I was hoping for more of and would have been happier with less of the early Church fathers.

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