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The Close: A Young Woman's First Year At Seminary
by Chloe Breyer
Set in the context of the Church Year, The Close is an enthralling account of one young woman's spiritual journey. It is both a personal meditation on faith, in the spirit of Kathleen Norris's Cloister Walk, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes story of a graduate student's first year, in the mode of Scott Turow's One L. Raised in a liberal, interfaith home, Breyer, respond ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 5th 2001 by Basic Books
(first published April 30th 2000)
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This book was given to me by someone in my first theology class for my M.Div program. It isn't truly the same as seminary, but with the life changes that i'm experiencing, he felt that it would be helpful. It was a very quick read... but good enough. It helped me realize how much i could never be a part of a religion so rich in tradition (i'm not a fan of arguing about how to do the eucharist and other miniscule amounts of a mass... but to each their own) and i have no desire to be a priest... i ...more
Jul 26, 2009 Melanie rated it liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: The Book Rack Used Books
I liked that Chloe and I had similar encounters with Walter Wink (she reflects several times on his work with nonviolence). Also, I liked the last chapter ("Pentecost") and its chronicle of her experiences as an assistant chaplain at Bellevue--I wish there had been more time spent on her time there. I also wish she had explored her childhood growing up in a Christian-Jewish interfaith home and how that influenced her sense of call into ordained ministry as an Episcopalian priest. I think the mos ...more
It's straightforward, funny, and insightful into the goods and bads, ups and downs of being a first-year seminary student. I appreciate Chloe's open honesty about her struggles (as well as joys) she encountered and what God taught her in the process. Great read!