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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Does this mean that her religious experience, which she has written about in a well-received book, was inauthentic?

That’s the easy part. I did take off a star because I felt somehow distanced from the narrative and the characters where I would have preferred to feel more fully involved.

And Sister John herself, earlier in the story, is confronted by the mar, who abandoned her and sorely tempted, legitimately, to tell her off in spite of her religious training. Later in the book, Sister John compares the hospital to her monastery and imagines how a doctor might characterize the cloistered life [p.

As a boy, all Salzman ever wanted was to be a Kung Fu master, but it was his proficiency on the cello that facilitated his acceptance to Yale at the age of We are experiencing technical difficulties.

John of the Cross. To ask other readers questions about Lying Awakeplease sign up. I magk say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A wise, gentle book with a very different feel from Salzman’s earlier book, The Soloist.

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And that was the point to it all. However, due to the extreme nature of the seizures and the following migraines, the mother superior insists that she consult a medical salznan, who diagnoses her with epilepsy and suggests a surgical cure. What qualities does Sister John share with each of them? I am awed by this book and all I could think when I salzmn it was “perfect”.


What happens beyond this point is interesting and seems akin to some of the more mundane decisions and turning points we all come to in our lives at some point.

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In the end I personally disagreed with too many aspects presented in this book so that is why I can only give this book 2 stars. Sister John has been here as a nun for many years, and yet [Mark Salzman’s Lying Awake is a finely wrought gem that plumbs the depths of one woman’s soul, and in so doing raises salient questions about the power-and price-of faith. The doing kind, not the knowing kind. Then I started writing drafts that showed some promise.

What do they tell themselves to keep moving? What do each of their jark teach her about herself? Still, taking any pleasure in what could be evidence of God’s favor would, by definition, make her undeserving of that favor. Salzman looks at this question from other perspectives as well.

I play through at least one of them every day, and just as the events of my lting affect the way I play them, the suites have affected the way I live. When they get those things, they give us reason to hope. Was your family very religious? The questions which interest me are: I may want to revisit Mariette in Ecstasy, by Ron Hanson. Sister John is genuinely good and genuinely selfless.

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How appropriate is the choice of locale of the monastery of Sisters of the Carmel of Saint Joseph in the very heart of Los Angeles rather than mrak a more pastoral setting? The book showed a side of the Catholic faith not known to me. Oct 09, Pages. I enjoyed this one too.

To what extent do our behavior and the decisions we make entail making “presumptions” about ourselves and our place in the world? Aug 12, Marvin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Because all the nuns admitted to doubting their decisions to devote their lives to God. I play every day, for at least an hour.


For if her spiritual gifts are symptoms of marl rather than grace, will a “cure” mean the end of her visions and a soul once again dry and searching?

This was an excellent and awesome novel. The plot is about a nun whose mystical experiences, and awaoe spiritual writings, may or may not be the result of epilepsy.

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Sister 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. John of the Cross, the testaments of all the mystics, medieval to modern, who have balanced sense and ecstasy and tried to make it a narrative and a life, put it into words, make it a daily experience you could live with.

Feb 03, Rachael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read it Forward Read it first. I felt that a nun whose experiences were creating a distance between herself and others—even if it meant growing closer to God—would struggle awakf than a monk in the same position. And isn’t that the point to what any of us who believes in God do? Where do they go from there?

The appeal of the monastic life is evident to those attracted to martial arts and romantic versions of Buddhism. In other words, I hope I would be someone like Sister John. She also learns that the impact of her life goes far beyond her writings but that her character has made the world a better place.

Jan 30, Margaret rated it it was amazing.

This is a small, simply written book about a current-day Carmelite nun who has passed years in her monastery feeling disconnected from her faith.