Devotion

Devotion

A Memoir

Book - 2010
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"Devotion's biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy--appealing to skeptics and believers alike. This is a gripping, beautiful story." --Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep

"I was immensely moved by this elegant book." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Dani Shapiro, the acclaimed author of the novel Black and White and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion, is back with Devotion: a searching and timeless new memoir that examines the fundamental questions that wake women in the middle of the night, and grapples with the ways faith, prayer, and devotion affect everyday life. Devotion is sure to appeal to all those dealing with the trials and tribulations of what Carl Jung called "the afternoon of life."

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, [2010]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780061628344
Branch Call Number: 819.5403 SH22D
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 22 cm

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MaxineML Dec 02, 2014

A lush and lyrical exploration of what faith, prayer, meaning and soul-searching can be.

Shapiro is a wonderful writer, and you can feel her love, ambivalence, and struggle for faith come through in all of the very short chapters she has broken this book up into.

I connected with her struggle, and her search for a faith within a religion that doesn't always have room for those who doubt. Her description of going to a family function and feeling wildly out of place really resonated for me.

I feel like the description of the book didn't do it justice. Shapiro never really seems to doubt that she is Jewish, and Jewish is what she should be. What she struggles with is how to connect her Jewishness to her feeling of Jewishness and practice of it. Her adoption of yoga, mindfulness and meditation do not make this a "multi-faith" work, because I don't feel that she used those tools as Buddhist, but rather to better engage with herself and her ambivalence with her family, her history and her religion.

A wonderful memoir. I truly enjoyed it.

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