Craig Bergland's Reviews > Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
5542187
's review

did not like it
bookshelves: christianity, contemplation, prayer, spirituality, memoir, health, psychology, self-help, autobiography, contemporary-issues, illness-and-healing, sociology
Read 2 times. Last read June 30, 2022 to July 5, 2022.

This is an absolutely dismal book that clearly mistakes dysthymia for acedia. Because of that, it mischaracterizes what is a very real psychological condition for a sin - to be fair, as did the medieval writers the author follows. While the author is certainly free to understand her own struggles any way she likes, this book has the potential to do great harm to others by attempting to convince them that their psychological condition is sinful and little more than a matter of shaping up.
1 like · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Acedia & Me.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

February 16, 2015 – Started Reading
February 16, 2015 – Shelved
February 16, 2015 – Shelved as: christianity
February 16, 2015 – Shelved as: contemplation
February 16, 2015 – Shelved as: prayer
February 16, 2015 – Shelved as: spirituality
February 16, 2015 – Shelved as: memoir
February 16, 2015 – Shelved as: health
February 16, 2015 –
5.0%
February 16, 2015 – Shelved as: psychology
February 24, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
January 21, 2016 – Shelved as: self-help
January 21, 2016 –
page 39
11.68%
January 22, 2016 –
page 58
17.37%
January 24, 2016 –
page 82
24.55%
January 25, 2016 –
page 110
32.93%
January 26, 2016 –
page 141
42.22%
June 30, 2022 – Started Reading
June 30, 2022 – Shelved as: sociology
June 30, 2022 – Shelved as: illness-and-healing
June 30, 2022 – Shelved as: contemporary-issues
June 30, 2022 – Shelved as: autobiography
June 30, 2022 –
page 20
5.99%
July 1, 2022 –
page 29
8.68%
July 1, 2022 –
page 48
14.37%
July 1, 2022 –
page 85
25.45%
July 1, 2022 –
page 110
32.93%
July 1, 2022 –
page 125
37.43%
July 3, 2022 –
page 173
51.8%
July 4, 2022 –
page 201
60.18%
July 5, 2022 – Finished Reading
July 5, 2022 – Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.