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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What do they tell themselves to keep moving? No one but me, a mere child. However, she soon learns that her spiritu “Didn’t [St.

They are generally not used to expressing themselves verbally, or being treated as people with anything valuable to say. How does Lying Awake inspire or reinforce ideas about a religious vocation? Find it and read it! Why are some of her memories [for example, pp.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Refresh and try again. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Closeness to God through renunciation of lyinb, in the least romantic sense of the term.

Sister John of the Cross, a cloistered Carmelite of middle age, waited for many dry years to know her Bridegroom. The story hinges around her struggle to reconcile the fact that her euphoric connection to God and faith may simply be an abnormality in her brain.


If I serve Thee in fear of hell, condemn me to hell.

As a child she clings to the nuns at school and decides to become one. The story was gently and skillfully told, I recommend it. If so, this could be the answer to her lifetime of self-sacrifice. In this cleanly written novel, Mark Salzman writes about faith in a way that is reverential without being overly pious.

Lying Awake

Jun 29, Joanne Baines rated it it was amazing Shelves: A humane portrayal of the struggle to connect to something beyond oneself. What specific roles do these women play in creating the reality of the religious life: It is swake story of a woman struggling with faith, doubt, suffering, and God. I play every day, for at least an hour.

If it did, then we would have also have to invalidate vision, hearing, taste, touch, memory, and imagination! Why are her writings so beautiful and wise? Every day I stare through the little keyhole in the door, watching everyone else enjoy life. If such an illness results in wonderful inspired writing is it wrong to assume that the inspiration does not come from the Holy Spirit?


Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

The difference this time was that I began meeting awae cloistered Carmelites, and getting to know them as opposed to reading essays about them.

But, this isn’t simply a matter of conflicting paradigms.

How are these experiences affecting the person having them, salmzan how she relates to others? With the onset of the headaches, she became able to engage in deep meditation and began having Divine encounters, which led to a best-selling book and notoriety for her convent just outside Los Angeles.

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Teresa, who suffered epileptic seizures, agonized over how to tell the difference between genuine lyong experiences and false ones and feared for her own sanity. After years in the convent, struggling with her faith, she has a few years of intense religious experience, expressed in her lovely poetry. Awaje in Vintage Contemporaries. I chose the Discalced Carmelite Order because of their strong mystic tradition St.

When told by a neurologist that her experiences are likely the result of curable epileptic seizures, Sister John is forced to rethink everything she knows about spiritual life.