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A Dynamic God: Living an Unconventional Catholic Faith

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God doesn't saunter in once for all and settle like a large cat plumping herself into your favorite rocker with an air that says, "Here I am! Now your life is complete!" God dances beyond the threshold and must continually be enticed into our dwelling. I hope these essays remind us all to extend that invitation, clean all the corners and polish the windows, throw wide the ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Beacon Press
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Celeste Foley
Nov 14, 2013 Celeste Foley rated it really liked it
First Words: The book begins with the author's asking questions about our fortune to be born here or there, to this lot or that one, with no apparent merit, purpose, or order involved. With no imperative to make it all fit into a divine plan, the author relaxes into her brand of Catholicism to which she converted in 1977 leaving behind Congregationalism's inerrancy and embracing mystery. Knowing other Catholic brands would deem her a heretic seemed no bother since she is now centered in her ...more
Serena
Jun 05, 2016 Serena rated it really liked it
Overall, I thought this was a great book from a progressive Christian standpoint. Nancy Mairs' writing style has a wonderful flow and is enjoyable and entertaining to read. I can't always say that about most theology/spiritual books, so it was very refreshing to read a book in this genre that I actually wanted to keep reading! I was honestly a bit disappointed that it was so short, because I enjoyed her musings so much. I wish that the book had delved deeper into some of the theological issues, ...more
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Nov 01, 2011 Elizabeth Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: essays
I appreciate Mairs' clear prose, socially just theology, and frank explorations of American culture. Why, then, did these essays not pop? My favorite is "Enough is Enough," a probing look at the beliefs behind our relationship to money. We need more people showing us how we work from attitudes of scarcity and teaching us to live from a sense of our tremendous abundance. Yet even this essay veered away from the conundrums presented by our attachment to material things into the less controversial ...more
Bridgett
Dec 28, 2009 Bridgett rated it it was amazing
This is the first Nancy Mairs book I read. It lead me to all of the others. She has become a voice I trust, maybe it's her intense feminism or her intense faith. As a practicing Catholic, I find Mairs story of her own conversion to Catholicism and her subsequent search for a more spiritually satisfying practice of Catholicism both inspiring and honest.
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Jun 11, 2013 Jakki rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Progressive Catholics and those turned off by Vatican I
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A book for Catholics willing to give up some of the basic doctrines of The Church, written by a woman with MS - often angry yet faithful to the mass/pageantry and formality of the Catholic faith.

As a convert to the Faith, her honest writing questions and laments life and she freely admits to being an "Alternative Catholic"
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Unconventional is right! Gee whiz. I don't know what to say. Lots of very beautiful ideas, some strange ones, and a nice friendly flow to the language. I am not going to say I loved the book, in fact at times I didn't even like it that much, but it wasn't bad.
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Nancy Mairs is an author who writes about diverse topics, including spirituality, women's issues and her experiences living with multiple sclerosis. She received an AB from Wheaton College, and an MFA in writing and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

She was diagnosed with MS when she was 28, and has written several essays on her experiences as a self-described "cripple", including "On Being a
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