The Noonday Demon

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The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon

An Atlas Of Depression

  • Author: Andrew Solomon
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 145161103X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 576
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The author offers a look at depression, drawing on his own battle with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, researchers, and doctors to assess the disease's complexities, causes, symptoms, and available therapies.

Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon

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Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon

Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon

The Camaldoli Correspondence

  • Author: Donald Grayston
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1498209386
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 320
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How did Thomas Merton become Thomas Merton? Starting out from any one of his earlier major life moments--wealthy orphan boy, big man on campus, fervent Roman Catholic convert, new and obedient monk--we find ourselves asking how by his life's end he had grown from who he was then into a transcultural and transreligious spiritual teacher read by millions. This book takes another such starting point: his attempt in the mid-1950s to move from his abbey of Gethsemani, in Kentucky--a place that had become, in his view, noisy beyond bearing--to an Italian monastery, Camaldoli, which he idealized as a place of monastic peace. The ultimate irony: Camaldoli at that time, bucolic and peaceful outwardly, was inwardly riven by a pre-Vatican II culture war; whereas Gethsemani, which he tried so hard to leave, became, when he was given his hermitage there in 1965, his place to recover Eden. In walking with Merton on this journey, and reading the letters he wrote and received at the time, we find ourselves asking, as he did, with so much energy and honesty, the deep questions that we may well need to answer in our own lives.

The Noonday Demon

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The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon

A Modern Woman's Struggle with Soulweariness

  • Author: Kathleen Norris
  • Publisher: Lion Books
  • ISBN: 9780745953663
  • Category: Acedia
  • Page: 352
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RELIGION & BELIEFS. A memoir that resurrects the ancient term acedia, or soul-weariness, and explores its relevance to the modern individual and culture.

The Noonday Demon

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The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon

Recognizing and Conquering the Deadly Sin of Sloth

  • Author: John Blackwell
  • Publisher: Crossroad Carlisle
  • ISBN: 9780824521363
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 165
  • View: 1945
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In these elegant and thoughtful essays, Dr.Blackwell takes us on a spiritual journey through the Bible.

Evagrius Ponticus and Cognitive Science

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Evagrius Ponticus and Cognitive Science

Evagrius Ponticus and Cognitive Science

A Look at Moral Evil and the Thoughts

  • Author: George Tsakiridis
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1630876925
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 136
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This study puts the thought of Evagrius Ponticus, a fourth-century theologian, into dialogue with modern cognitive science in regard to the topic of evil, specifically moral evil. Evagrius, in his writings about prayer and the ascetic life, addressed the struggle with personal moral evil in terms of the eight thoughts or demons. These thoughts were transmitted by John Cassian to the Western church, and later recast by Gregory the Great as the Seven Deadly Sins. Though present understandings of evil appear to differ greatly from those of Evagrius, his wisdom concerning the battle against evil may prove to be of great help even today. Using the work of Pierre Hadot to recover Evagrius's context, and the work of Paul Ricoeur to discuss how we construct descriptions and myths of evil, Evagrius is brought into dialogue with the cognitive sciences. Using current research, especially the work of Eugene d'Aquili and Andrew Newberg, this study reveals the contemporary relevance of Evagrius' approach to combating evil. In addition, the interdisciplinary study of patristics and cognitive science opens the pathway to a better understanding between Christian tradition and the modern sciences.

The Seven Deadly Sins

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The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Their origin in the spiritual teaching of Evagrius the Hermit

  • Author: Angela Tilby
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • ISBN: 0281062994
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 176
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Until recently little has been known about Evagrius of Pontus. His work on the eight evil thoughts was widely influential in the development of the idea of the Seven Deadly Sins in the Western Spiritual tradition. But those who followed him, from Cassian to Augustine, were more concerned with attributing guilt, and thought in a forensic way. This was very unlike the thought of Evagrius who concerned himself with questions about how to deal with evil thoughts and temptations in a healing way. Each chapter deals with one of the Thoughts, giving the contemporary background, the biblical and theological background, the teaching of Evagrius and what came after, and its relevance for us today.

The Working Life

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The Working Life

The Working Life

The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work

  • Author: Joanne B. Ciulla
  • Publisher: Crown Business
  • ISBN: 0307786153
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 288
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A wide-ranging look at the allure and changing significance of work.With seductions, misunderstandings, and misinformation everywhere, this immensely readable book calls for a new contract--with ourselves. Drawing from history, mythology, literature, pop culture, and practical experience, Ciulla probes the many meanings of work or its meaninglessness and asks: Why are so many of us letting work take over our lives and trying to live in what little time is left? What has happened to the old, unspoken contract between worker and employer? Why are young people not being disloyal when they regularly consider job-changing? Employers can't promise as much to workers as before. Is that because they promise so much to stockholders? Why are there mass layoffs and "downsizing" in a time of unequaled corporate prosperity? And why are the most common lies in business about satisfactory employee performance? The traditional contract between employers and employees is over. This thoughtful and provocative study shows how to replace it by the one we make with ourselves.

Far From The Tree

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Far From The Tree

Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

  • Author: Andrew Solomon
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1446433927
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 976
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**WINNER OF THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2014** A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does? Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. Winner of the Green Carnation Prize.

The Transmission of Affect

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The Transmission of Affect

The Transmission of Affect

  • Author: Teresa Brennan
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 0801471362
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 248
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The idea that one can soak up someone else's depression or anxiety or sense the tension in a room is familiar. Indeed, phrases that capture this notion abound in the popular vernacular: "negative energy," "dumping," "you could cut the tension with a knife." The Transmission of Affect deals with the belief that the emotions and energies of one person or group can be absorbed by or can enter directly into another. The ability to borrow or share states of mind, once historically and culturally assumed, is now pathologized, as Teresa Brennan shows in relation to affective transfer in psychiatric clinics and the prevalence of psychogenic illness in contemporary life. To neglect the mechanism by which affect is transmitted, the author claims, has serious consequences for science and medical research. Brennan's theory of affect is based on constant communication between individuals and their physical and social environments. Her important book details the relationships among affect, energy, and "new maladies of the soul," including attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, codependency, and fibromyalgia.