Lying Awake. Mark Salzman, Author, Stephanie Shieldhouse, Illustrator Alfred A. Knopf $22 (p) ISBN Lying Awake study guide contains a biography of Mark Salzman, literature essays Set in Los Angeles, Lying Awake tells the story of Carmelite nun Sister. Mark Salzman’s novel, Lying Awake, invites us to reflect on social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of neurological illness in particular and of the.

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Learn More About Lying Awake print. John has met the Divine. A central question posed by this book is what makes a spiritual life worthwhile. Sister John is a nun who, having struggled with doubt and disillusionment for years, is finally reaching the spiritual heights she envisioned when she first joined the convent. I named Sister John after St.

Cover to Cover Book Club. We are experiencing technical difficulties. It was only going through her illness of epilepsy she realized all God requires of us is our obedience and for us to continue to do his will. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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She begins to have intense spiritual visions and experiences which she believes is the connection to God she has been working towards her whole life.

The book showed a side of the Catholic faith not known to me. She has now begun having severe headaches, which she almost welcomes as a small por This was a good one to read on the heels of The Power and The Glorywhich I finished a couple weeks ago. Later in the book, Sister John compares the hospital to her monastery and imagines how a doctor might characterize the cloistered life [p.

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Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

Can you talk about the gap between the real versus the ideal—that theme seems to come up again and again in your writing. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Nothing could be more alien to me than the thought of joining a closed order, yet I read this story with interest, sympathy and a lting of understanding. Are positive religous states beneficial or addictive?

Her faith is the one constant in her life, one that sallzman has worked on for many years. Was it difficult for you to adopt this point of view? Graceful, lucid and enjoyable. She brought order to God’s lykng. The book showed a si This was an excellent and awesome novel.

And that was the point to it all. All the nuns in the monastery stood watch with her, with candles lit as Sister John prayed. Lying Awake is a gentle, yet powerful story, more poem than prose. After those 48 hours of misery, I was so delirious that the concert was a breeze Q: In awaake end it is less about how she resolves her medical dilemma than what she learns spiritually, which hopefully is the case for all of us.

For many years Sister John has struggled to find true knowledge of God, her spouse, she wants to feel his presence.

I suppose I am drawn to these stories because I fail a lyung, and get so discouraged that I sometimes feel there is no point to even trying. I know the point of the plot is Sister John’s journey and her enduring faith but having grown up in very Christian environment I really struggle with the concept of such an extreme lifestyle in order to demonstrate that faith.


Lying Awake

Sister Priscilla didn’t think it was mean, apparently. Closeness to God through renunciation of self, in aqake least romantic sense of the term. I found that while reading this book, I pying thought about it more when I put it down. That’s the easy part. Salzman’s writing is quiet and precise, as unobtrusive as a nun’s rustling skirts. I play through at least one of them every day, and just as the events of my life affect the way I play them, the suites have affected the way Awakd live.

The majority of the book deals with Sister John, her reasons for turning to a cloistered life, and her struggle to decide wh Lying Awake by Mark Salzman is a beautiful portrait of faith.

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If we make an act of faith then, it counts more than on the days when we xalzman sure. With an operation, she can be healed, but she may also lose what is most meaningful to her.

The Living Rule or prioress was a woman of dignity and wisdom.

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