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A Priceless View: My Spiritual Homecoming Paperback – January 8, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (January 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570754896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570754890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,107,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CathGal on July 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I first read this book several years ago. Recently, looking on my shelves for something to re-read, I found it again. I'm glad I did.

This is a hard book to classify. It's part spiritual reflection, part memoir, part history of a place and community. It is also, quite simply, lovely. The writing is rich and meaningful; the author is clearly a thoughtful woman who is guided by her faith and whose generosity of spirit is inspiring. The Scripture passages throughout help to tie the book together. Definitely a rewarding read.
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This book was written by Smith College graduate Deirdre Cornell at the age of 33, when she had three children. Deirdre straddles the worlds of privilege and deprivation. She is connected with the Catholic Worker (her parents are in charge of the Marlboro, NY, farm, where her brother also resides). She is also a member of the Grail and has worked at its Cornwall, NY, site. She currently teaches Spanish at a local Catholic school. The author's explorations and statements about the meaning of things in her life reminds this reviewer of Norwegian actress Liv Ullman's memoir "Changing." Both authors seek the REAL real meaning of things and (painfully) elucidate these meanings as they perceive them.

To this reviewer, the most telling example of Deirdre's world view is her depiction of her "unexpected " but "wanted" third pregnancy. Much of the book relates the trials she endured. These included fatigue, a short temper, conflicts between her work schedule and her due date, and a common side effect of pregnancy--nausea. The unusual thing was the cause of Deidre's nausea, which may greatly surprise readers. She writes, "Even the Mass was as if taken away from me. In the first trimester, a tide of revulsion made it impossible to stomach the liturgy's sexist language.As the surge of anger subsided into the more usual annoyance, no matter how hard I tried I could not return to three-times-a week attendance" (p. 164).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Forrest R. Thompson on April 4, 2015
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Excellent story. Faith building. Descriptions of a most peaceful valley.
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