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As a Benedictine oblate, I was very interested in reading Kathleen Norris' (also an oblate) book on acedia.
Although to some readers the book seemed disjointed, unfocused and disconnected, I think it is very focused but that the structure is dependent on the subject matter.
One of the differences between "acedia" and "depression" is that with "acedia" one has the choice to change ones direction, the choice is always ours.
I read Kathleen Norris' book Dakota: A Spiritual Geography several years ago, and it was life affirming and life changing for me. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Samuel H. Burr Jr.
"Acedia & Me" is a wonderful, inspiring story of depression and the slow, steady, upward climb to wellness and happiness.
Two quick caveats, first - Mrs. Read more
Good distinction between acedia and depression. Gives distinct approach to both. When a person applies these approaches together, they more than double the attack on both... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D P R
I've read this book twice and am now listening to it on CD. Highly recommended for its insights and humanity!Published 5 months ago by Martin B.
This book is so beautifully written, honest and open. I'm amazed at Norris' endless references and research. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MLynnWalker
But I've been living it, apparently. Norris describes it, defines it, wrestles with it, and distinguishes it from depression. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eve C. Bradshaw
Acedia and depression are not easy topics. I give Kathleen Norris credit for even broaching the subject of "the noonday demon. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susan J. Cobb
Ms. Norris gives a great historical approach to defining acedia as on of the seven bad habits affecting conscientious people. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jan Ramsey