Lying Awake. Mark Salzman, Author, Stephanie Shieldhouse, Illustrator Alfred A. Knopf $22 (p) ISBN Lying Awake study guide contains a biography of Mark Salzman, literature essays Set in Los Angeles, Lying Awake tells the story of Carmelite nun Sister. Mark Salzman’s novel, Lying Awake, invites us to reflect on social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of neurological illness in particular and of the.

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She has now begun having severe headaches, which she almost welcomes as a small por This was a good one to read on the heels of The Power and The Glorywhich I finished a couple weeks ago. The view was a constant reminder of how I felt.

Lying Awake Reader’s Guide

Sister John is an interesting person, not at all certain of either her faith or her vocational choice. Only I, and I alone really know the truth.

I play every day, for at least an hour.

The doing kind, not the knowing kind. They are generally not used to expressing themselves verbally, or being treated as people with anything valuable to say. Should she seek treatment or not? Although I’d kying to think that was a deliberate attempt to provide me with a reading experience that parallels that of a spiritual seeker who seeks sakzman more connected experience, I suspect that’s a bit of a stretch and would have preferred a more emotionally engaging experience.

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I may want to revisit Mariette in Ecstasy, by Ron Hanson. While the pace of life within the walls of this holy place has remained unchanged for centuries, Sister John has dedicated her life to the service of others.


But, as the story develops, we begin to see Sister John’s frailty, her human fallibility. The story revolves around a nun who comes from a troubled home. Sister John is a nun who, having struggled with doubt and disillusionment lyung years, is finally reaching the spiritual heights she envisioned when she first joined the convent.

John has met the Divine. All the nuns lyong the monastery stood watch with her, with candles lit as Sister John prayed. This nun, who struggles for 25 years to know God, finally has a spiritual breakthrough just as she develops severe headaches that turn out to be caused by mild epileptic seizures. Stay in Touch Sign up. Why does she pull off her wimple and veil after the visit [p.

For many years Sister John has struggled to find true knowledge of God, her spouse, she wants to feel his presence. In what way are the circumstances particularly relevant to the teachings of St. How long have you played? Of more concern to her is the implication of allowing the awa,e to continue: One of us, Helen, thought is flying blind.

My life couldn’t be farther away from the Carmelite Sister at the center of the story, and yet there are few books that have touched me like this one did.

I researched the Carmelites and their approach to contemplative spirituality for about a year before starting to write. Then, she began getting blinding headaches, accompanied by writing spells that led to people returning to the Church. He doesn’t need to tell you about the stark precision of the monastery because it’s in the style of the prose.

I wanted to write a novel on the subject right away, but sensed it would take a long time to research, so I put a brief mention of St.


Lying Awake

Nov 07, Jeff rated it it was amazing Shelves: What is next on the horizon for you? Should she have surgery to cure the illness, and risk losing that experience? Jun 28, Judy rated it really liked it Shelves: Some people have made a connection between brain tumors and visions—people in hospitals affected with brain problems have reported visions.

I won’t spoil it for you, I’ll let you discover the story for yourself. Awzke fact, when I wasn’t reading it, I would think about something in it that seemed to resonate with me. In my opinion, it was a delightful story and I really appreciated this poignant glimpse into a life spent within a convent. She also learns that the impact of her life goes far beyond her writings but that her character has made the world a better place.

Does this mean A wise, gentle book with a very different feel from Salzman’s earlier book, The Soloist. On the other hand, she dreads giving them up and resuming her former unanswered quest. It was so superficial and unconvincing that I threw it all away and went back to research, this time for two years. Check out an interview with the author on Salon. Sister John of the Cross faces a stark predicament involving a health condition, a form of epilepsy that produces rapturous mental states–a lyung shared by Dostoevsky, who described it in 3rd person in The Idiot: