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Redeemed: Stumbling Toward God, Sanity, and the Peace That Passes All Understanding par [King, Heather]
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In her previous memoir, Parched, King wrote about two decades of squandering my talents, sleeping around, smoking cigarettes, and swilling Sea Breezes at 8 a.m. in Sullivan's Tap, saving her conversion to Catholicism for the epilogue. Here she looks at what she considers the more interesting part of her story (nothing is more boring than degradation)—her everyday life without alcohol, with God and yet still full of struggle and pain. Sometimes I think anyone as drawn as I am to suffering would have had to become a Catholic, she writes. The book starts off as straight memoir: sobriety, frustration, attraction, conversion. In the fifth chapter, however, she shifts to topical essays with a pronounced theological bent. King, familiar to many from her commentaries on NPR's All Things Considered, maintains her signature self-deprecatory humor throughout, at the same time offering readers plenty to chew on as she reflects on her father's death, her bout with breast cancer, the end of her marriage, the importance of humility and the inevitability of loneliness. Though suffering is a constant theme, King's faith sees beyond the pain: heaven is not some other world, but shot all through the broken world where we already live. (Feb. 18)
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After decades of living on the edge, Heather King settled into sobriety, marriage, and a financially lucrative but unfulfilling career as an upwardly mobile lawyer. As someone who had reached middle age "never believing in much of anything,"she found herself in the last place she thought she'd end up: the Catholic Church. An unforgettable, fervent, darkly funny tale of an ongoing, stumbling conversion, Redeemed will appeal to fans of Lauren Winner's Girl Meets God and Anne Lamott's writing. King's refreshing sense of humor, mesmerizing voice, and piercing honesty will touch readers whatever their beliefs.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 452 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 268 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Books; Édition : Reprint (21 février 2008)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0010O926I
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HASH(0x8d1380e4) étoiles sur 5 Reflections That Can Only Come From a Soul Who Has Wrestled Demons 9 novembre 2009
Par Thomas M. Loarie - Publié sur
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In "Redeemed," NPR commentator and Catholic author Heather King offers us a deeply personal and revealing story of her journey from darkness to light, from the edge of death to joy. King's childhood included Sundays at the Congregational Church; her experience with God and religion taught her "to be good" and "He won't hurt you." With time, she grew up not believing in much of anything and stood against God in general and all churches on principle. She avoided God and until age 34, her life consisted of dark barrooms, chain smoking, and men - a life filled with depression, loneliness, boredom, and anxiety.

Then, one day, while in Nashville, she had an experience that caused her to fall to her knees and feel repentance, "the Prodigal Daughter returning home." While the book is filled with each step of the process, she brilliantly shares her inner self, her humanness, and insights revealed on her journey, including:

* God - those who do not believe in God are very invested in how smart they are
* Christ - came to address the deepest mystery of humankind - the mystery of suffering
* the Eucharist - if we do not come through Christ, in contact with Him - which is the reality of my broken self, and my broken brothers and sisters -then we will miss the greatest gift He left for us
* the Catholic Church - previously, Catholicism was unthinkable, taboo
* the Virgin Mary - gave her life completely to serve God
* sex - sacred
* the human body - a temple
* abortion - a terrible wound to the Mystical Body of Christ as a result of deep spiritual poverty
* addiction - a symptom of a soul divided deeply against itself: of mental, emotional, and, above all, spiritual conflict

And there is much more...Each section is rich with reflections that can only come from the soul of a person who has wrestled with his/her demons. "Redeemed" is deep, and as I learned, not a quick read. King has packed too much meat and potatoes in this great book - consume it over time and relish its savor. She now has had the experience of God and reminds us that God walks among us so simply that many refuse to believe it; He so fulfills our deepest yearning we're blind to the fact that it actually has been fulfilled.

Redemption can come by opening our hearts and minds to God, who through Christ, has pitched His tent in our midst.
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HASH(0x8d13830c) étoiles sur 5 I wish I could read it again for the first time... 29 septembre 2009
Par Respectful Reader - Publié sur
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After devouring "Parched," I inhaled "Redeemed." Heather King is a beautiful writer - vulnerably honest, extremely generous and highly intelligent. Her main thesis - that we are lonely and immensely loved - will resound deeply with vulnerable and lonely readers, i.e. absolutely everyone. Discussing this book with a friend, we both agreed that "Redeemed" is a soothing balm for today's prilgrim souls.
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HASH(0x8d1385dc) étoiles sur 5 Heather King is Redeemed. You are along for the ride, and it's fun. 4 octobre 2010
Par PATRICK SWEENEY - Publié sur
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Heather King is the one repentant sinner spoken of the gospel of Luke and we get to see her happiness in being redeemed. She has descended into some deep spiritual darkness and writes for us about that journey so we don't have to go make that descent ourselves. The book is that most excellent of autobiographies where the author knows there are boring parts to skip over and parts where each detail seems like a fresh discovery. It is so sincere that I realized I'm not as honest with myself as she is with her readers. After you finish reading this, you will take the pledge to read everything she has written or will write.
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HASH(0x8d1388ac) étoiles sur 5 Humble in the Best Possible Sense 9 mars 2010
Par A. Waldron - Publié sur
Heather King's Redeemed is not only a delightful read by an author with a highly engaging voice, but also a remarkably honest tale of Christian discovery and growth. I've read a lot of memoirs of faith, many of them good, but King's is uniquely vulnerable and raw. Her story is not one of escape to an exotic place or higher spiritual plane, but rather the story of her very earthly battles with issues (including money, marriage, cancer, and death) and the way in which God meets her in these struggles. As a writer, I have the utmost respect for King's craft. As a fellow believer, I have the utmost respect for the humility that allowed her to write in such vivid honesty about her brokenness and the faith that sustains her in it.
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HASH(0x8d138300) étoiles sur 5 Honest and profound 3 janvier 2013
Par christine - Publié sur
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Her explanation of why she ultimately embraced Christianity (Catholicism) really resonated with me. As a highly skeptical, agnostically-inclined, rebellious type (like King), I never stopped to consider that the message of Christianity (which in my opinion has been totally usurped by self-righteous, pious, intolerant crazies for political purposes) might actually hold special meaning for those who constantly struggle with faith and the big questions about what it all means. In other words, her writing, so full of honestly and humility, helped me to see that maybe this faith does not demand of us perfect purity and unwavering certainty in all our beliefs but, like the prodigal son, that we just drag our broken, arrogant, skeptical selves "home" and knock on the door already! King reminds me, in some ways, of Anne LaMott, in that her writing is full of hope in the face of overwhelming uncertainty and explains in such an accessible way how her faith, while embracing the mysterious and eternal, still remains relevant and practical in today's world.
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