A Dynamic God

A Dynamic God

Living An Unconventional Catholic Faith

Large Print - 2007
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Passionately nonconformist spiritual reflections from an acclaimed essayist
When Nancy Mairs published her spiritual autobiography Ordinary Time, Kathleen Norris greeted it in the New York Times Book Review as a remarkable accomplishment, calling Mairs a relentlessly physical writer, as fiercely committed to her art as to her spiritual development.
Mairs's new book on spirituality describes the alternative brand of Catholic worship that she observes in the American Southwest. Raised Congregationalist in New England, Mairs is a convert to Catholicism. She is also feminist, radical, political activist--and all this in a church that tends to scorn her kind of progressive iconoclasm.
A Dynamic God explores why and how Mairs deals with those contradictions and still identifies as Catholic (Zen Catholic, as she sometimes says), and what she finds to love in that tradition.
Doctrinally, Mairs parts ways with the mainstream Church with few regrets. The people she worships with celebrate communion in each other's homes without a priest, discuss politics, and defy Church opposition.
But the Catholic rituals and imaginative structures that Mairs loves shape her life. In the Latino image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, for instance, she finds inspiration for a commitment to social justice. In her unmistakable, vibrant voice, she writes about sin and abundance; understanding vocation in a life circumscribed by multiple sclerosis; and celebrating life.
Early in the book, the author states that her intent is to throw wide the door for the Holy One to enter. She has done that and much more.
--Spirituality and Practice
Her book is an eloquent and witty account of aspiritual quest to find the holy within and without.
--Tucson Weekly
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780807098820
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 282.092 Mai


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