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The Crack Between the Worlds: A Dancer's Memoir of Loss and Faith

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Synopsis: A car crashes, and Maggie Kast, at the peak of a modern dance career, loses a three-year-old daughter. Raised without religion and now mired in grief, she senses a persistent connection to the little girl, a love somehow more powerful than the brute fact of death. This awareness leads her, over three years, to the Catholic Church. After the accident, her marriage ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Resource Publications (OR)
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Kast’s memoir The Crack Between Worlds appears to be a work that will explore how religion and spirituality have changed her life. However, it’s actually a far more complicated exploration of how art intertwined with Kast’s spirituality. The memoir’s timeline spans far before and after the incident, creating a complex reflection that muses on more topics than simply the tragedy and religion. Kast is, at heart, an artist. She is a dancer and a writer, and her art has long been how she defi ...more
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Intrigued by the title, I came to this book through the combination of my own bereaved parenthood, spiritual engagement, and dance. I found the subtitle a bit misleading; it is more autobiography than grief-focused memoir, with a greater emphasis on the experience of faith rather than the experience of loss. Engagement with Catholicism and its reflection in her personal and professional lives forms the core of her story. Married at 21, bearing five children, losing one at 3, finding the church o ...more
Suzanne
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
On a family vacation to Jamaica, Kast's beloved three-year-old daughter was killed in an automobile accident. Although Kast was raised without religion, this event allowed her to catch a glimpse of "the crack between worlds," and eventually led her to the Catholic church.

Kast writes with honesty and intelligence, and while she shares her grief, this memoir is ultimately provocative and inspiring. She writes not only of the death of her daughter, but also her evolution as a dancer. At the age of
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From the author: "A car crashes, and Maggie Kast, at the peak of a modern dance career, loses a three-year-old daughter. Raised without religion and now mired in grief, she senses a persistent connection to the little girl, a love somehow more powerful than the brute fact of death. This awareness leads her, over three years, to the Catholic church. She teaches and tours sacred dance nationally and internationally, exploring the arts as spiritual path. Moving forwar
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