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Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris
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Feb 02, 09

Oh this latest from K Norris is her best yet, at least to my brain. A little-known-to-the-modern-world wave of thought/behavior called Acedia is its focus. Here Norris has spared no effort, during the book's incubation over the last 20 years, at yanking Acedia out from its sly hiding places in her own life and subjecting it to a lasery investigation. This investigation includes the testimonies of men and women who fled the cities in the early Christian era for the purpose of creating labs out of their own body-minds. What they found was the '8 classic bad thoughts' which, when allowed to fester and grow, can and will derail the basic sanity and goodness in any human being. Turns out Acedia is the slipperiest of 'the usual suspects'.

This one's a keeper for anyone's crucial collection of First-Aid texts; both psychologically sophisticated and eminently practical.
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