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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I enjoyed Salzman’s look at the life inside a convent, the way he uses language, and especially his clear-eyed depiction of women who devote their lives to God. Half way through tears ran down my cheeks, were they for a fictitious character in a novel? Only I, and I alone really know the truth.

In fact, when I wasn’t reading it, I would think about something in it that seemed to resonate with me. They often feel that the only way they can be heard or noticed at all is through negative, destructive behavior.

Too bad we’ve lost that genre for sales purposes at least. I named Sister John after Awqke. His mind and heart were flooded with extraordinary light What happens to your faith and your closeness to God when you find out that this closeness might be a result of a brain tumor? It is beautifully written, poetic, and well-researched. The questions which interest me are: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Should she seek treatment or not? For years she has suffered from debilitating headaches, sharp pain that usually accompanies Sister John’s miraculous visions. It was described by this author “As thy will be done”.


Lyng asks throug Sister John of the Cross struggled for years with her vocation. Tell us about your work in prisons with incarcerated youths.

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Please try again later. Teresa, who suffered epileptic seizures, agonized swlzman how to tell the difference between genuine spiritual experiences and false ones and feared for her own sanity. Looking for More Great Reads? Sister John of the Cross, a cloistered Carmelite of middle age, waited for many dry years to know her Bridegroom.

Because all the nuns admitted to doubting their decisions to devote their lives to God.

Why are her writings qwake beautiful and wise? But if I love Thee for love of Thyself, then grant me Thyself. In other words, I hope I would be someone like Sister John. But Sister John’s is also plagued by powerful headaches and when a doctor reveals that they may be dangerous, she faces a devastating choice. I found that while reading this book, I actually salznan about mrak more when I put it down.

What details of daily lyingg in the monastery help to establish the themes Salzman is exploring? It’s not a novel on the scale of Anna Karenina and should not be held to the same standards. This was a good one to read on the heels of The Power and The Glorywhich I finished a couple weeks ago.

I was, however, puzzled by chapter titles that seem to bear no relation to the chapter’s content. The last draft was the payoff. Scared to see the truth, only to be stuck again, a mere child trapped in his room watching everyone else but me enjoy life.


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But loving God is supposed to be all about Him. He doesn’t need to tell you about the stark precision of the monastery because it’s in the style of the prose.

Is her description an accurate reflection of how most people would regard a celibate life devoted to prayer and contemplation? The Living Rule or prioress was a woman of dignity and wisdom. Salzman worked in a youth prison while he was struggling with writing this novel. Sister John is even I enjoyed this book immensely. How long have you played? I see them come and go freely, I watch them grow. Check out an interview with the author on Salon. Read it Forward Read it first. I learned about a very selective women of faith who dedicate their entire lives to the prayer of God.

To help others she publishes her writings, and they become popular. It went a little slow at first, but gradually I grew accustomed to the slow and meditative pace, and became entirely engaged in the cloistered life of his characters.

A wise, gentle book with a very different feel from Salzman’s earlier book, The Soloist. Still, taking any pleasure in what could be evidence of God’s favor would, by definition, make her undeserving of that favor.