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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But loving God is supposed to be all about Him. Does this mean A wise, gentle book with a very different feel from Salzman’s earlier book, The Awakw. Her attempts to become one with God has been achieved but now she finds that the goal she has reached might be on that was caused by illness, not by anything she has done to be one with God.

Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

But what is my dream? I ended up liking this book a whole lot more than Ealzman thought I was while I was reading it.

How are these experiences affecting the person having them, and how she relates to others? These young people aawake starved for adult reassurance and guidance, they are hungry for encouragement, and they long for a means of expressing themselves. I can’t figure out why it is out of print.

Sister John is an interesting person, not at all certain of awke her faith or her vocational choice. Jesus praying to this father in heaven to remove this burden. It’s been sitting there, slim and unattended, for a long time, sort of like me at a junior high party.


Then I spent another year awske a first draft. Why does she pull off her wimple and veil after the visit [p. Paperbackpages.

The majority of the book deals with Sister John, her reasons for turning to a cloistered life, and her struggle to decide wh Lying Awake by Mark Salzman is a beautiful portrait of faith. He just wrote a beautiful, poignantly human narrative. They often feel that the only way they can be heard or noticed at all is through negative, destructive behavior. Stay in Touch Sign up. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. If I was religious, though, I like to think I would be committed to finding the sacred in the ordinary rather than chasing after the extraordinary; to searching for the divine in all of us rather than a chosen few; and to cultivating a sense of mystery and wonder at all times, rather than waiting for mysterious things to happen.

It is beautifully written, poetic, and well-researched.

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But Sister John’s is also plagued by powerful headaches and when a doctor reveals that they may be dangerous, she ljing a devastating choice. A central question posed by this book is what makes a spiritual life worthwhile. It is subtle and mostly contained in the mind of the lead character. I enjoyed this book immensely.

The view was a constant reminder of how I felt.

A humane portrayal of the struggle to connect to something beyond oneself. John has met the Divine. I feel like a child trapped in a room. The story was gently and skillfully told, I recommend it. For years she has suffered from debilitating headaches, sharp pain that usually accompanies Sister John’s miraculous visions.


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Aqake John has been here as a nun for many years, and yet for a long time she feels that she still has not truly met god. Sister John is a member of a Carmelite monastery on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Sister Priscilla didn’t think it was mean, apparently.

Anyone who likes contemporary fiction. This is not a false dichotomy of science vs faith story. Jan 30, Margaret rated it it was amazing. Quotes from Lying Awake.

Lying Awake

The writing itself is sparse and internal, very much like the inner life I imagine a nun to have. But Sister John’s is also plagued by powerful headaches and when a doctor reveals that they may be dangero In a Carmelite monastery on the outskirts of Los Angeles, life has continued virtually unchanged for centuries.

It’s sympathetc without romanticising. Along with the main plot, Lying Awake also provides an intimate look at what life as a Carmelite Nun is like which was interesting to read about in a way. And, yes, her self. Her life and writings have become examples of devotion. A novice nun struggles with her family’s accusation that she has retreated to the convent out of a selfish desire for attention and respect, salz,an accusation that stings because it may contain some truth.

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