The Presence of Absence

The Presence of Absence

On Prayers and An Epiphany

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
The author describes the epiphany she experienced at age twenty-seven and her efforts to regain the experience through church and prayer

Book News
Grumbach recounts her search to regain a sense of the presence of God that she experienced once as a young woman. Without religious education, she followed her own path away from formal church, illuminated by her reading of accounts by Meister Eckhard, Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Kathleen Norris, and others. An inspirational rather than scholarly work. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
When she was twenty-seven, Doris Grumbach was visited by what she recognized as the presence of God. For a woman without any religious education or faith, it was as unexpected as it was joyful.
The Presence of Absence follows Grumbach's journey to recover through prayer the sense of God's presence. Eventually abandoning formal prayer in church, she begins to celebrate God using a private ceremony of worship. Illuminated by her readings of accounts of epiphany - from Meister Eckhard to Thomas Merton, Simone Weil to Kathleen Norris - her searching attempts at private prayers reflect some of the most compelling issues of faith: Can we question our memories of "spiritual radiance"? Is it wrongheaded to try to recover joy? Can we experience God without social action, service, and community?
Intensified by an extended period of extreme and chronic pain, Grumbach's quest to feel the presence of God is a moving and inspiring journey through vanity, faith, and love.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c1998.
ISBN: 9780807070840
Branch Call Number: 248.32 GRU
Characteristics: xii, 126 p. ; 23 cm.


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