Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace

Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace

In the highly praised memoir Things Seen and Unseen, Nora Gallagher reflected on a year of spiritual renewal and the fact of mortality with uncommon wisdom and grace. We rejoin her in Practicing Resurrection as Gallagher searches for direction in the wake of her brother?s death. A desire to reclaim her own ?wild life? and a sense of the sacred in the world compels her to a In the highly praised memoir Things Seen and Unseen, Nora Gallagher reflected on a year of spiritual renewal and th...

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Title:Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace
Author:Nora Gallagher
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace Reviews

  • Laura
    Nov 09, 2009
    I found this book surprisingly accessible to someone who knows little about the Episcopalian discernment process. Nora Gallagher managers to write about her experience in the church without sounding too Jesus-y, and her candor--about everything from her use of cocaine to the fact that ...
  • Emily
    Feb 03, 2009
    This was okay. Really, just okay. Very well written, but she annoyed me some and I can't exactly say that it really went much of anywhere. ...
  • Diana
    Feb 15, 2010
    I really struggled with the first half of this book. Someone I like recommended the author, and I ordered the book from the library, not knowing that a significant part of the book focuses on her discernment of call to Episcopal priesthood. I cringed in some places, nodded in others, a...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 29, 2010
    Beautiful stories. Frequently made me cry. Gallagher is discerning a vocation from the priesthood in the context of the Episcopal church, so some of it is strange to me whose church home is a radical queer Methodist church (and whose secondary church home is a UCC church) -- reading...
  • Aubrey
    May 08, 2008
    This is the second time I read this book and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. I enjoyed Nora Gallagher's process of discernment as she tried to figure out whether she was called to be a priest in the Episcopal church. I loved the idea of vocation, or calling, as a broad...
  • Carol
    Feb 20, 2013
    This book is written about an Episcopal woman trying to discern whether or not to become a priest, but her insights are far more universal and really raise questions about what vocation is for any one of us. ...
  • Amy Young
    Sep 02, 2012
    I like spiritual memoirs and hadn't known much about the discernment process to become an Episcopal priest. I will say I found it a bit tedious in parts. ...
  • Marcia Call
    Aug 22, 2010
    Nora Gallagher has a lot in common with Sarah Miles and Anne LaMott. ...
  • Patty
    Jun 29, 2011
    I had hoped that I would get to hear Nora Gallagher last year at the WomanKind conference that I went to. She was supposed to be the keynote speaker. Unfortunately, she was sick and we got Anne Lamott instead. I love Anne, but she had spoken two years before. I did take the opportunity...
  • Wayne
    Apr 06, 2012
    Wow, Nora Gallagher was a hot mess before she found her way back to church and God. In her previous book, Things Seen and Unseen, she mentions spending many worship services in tears and not really understanding why. But as someone who also took a several-year hiatus from church, I und...
  • Kimberlie
    Apr 23, 2009
    This book beautifully describes in unsentimental language Nora's three year process of deciding whether to become a priest or not. Key to her decision is a small group of trusted church friends who serve as her discernment committee. The group's intimacy, honesty and support are to be ...
  • Elizabeth
    Aug 06, 2008
    I gave this book to my brother as he was embarking on a cross country trip, and he said he read it aloud to his partner and cried all the way to Canada. This is a book about the spiritual path, about family,place, vocation. New Mexico. Death of a beloved sibling. Discernment and call. ...
  • Kathleen
    Sep 20, 2008
    This well written book about Nora's discernment process, not only regarding the priesthood, but of her call day-to-day, rang very true to me. She is thoughtful and passionate, serious and light hearted. Her ability to see the big picture is excellent, and I agree with much of her thoug...
  • Chadwick
    Oct 08, 2008
    The most powerful and unforgettable books I have read this year. Given to me unexpectedly by an extraordinary man, I connect with Nora's discernment...her exploration of personal death, resurrection, ascension and liberation. A not oft-talked about book, but it will endure for many yea...
  • Jerry Landry
    Mar 28, 2019
    Wonderful memoir about the author's process of discernment as she considered a call to ordained ministry. Gallagher opens up her life to the reader, the uplifting moments as well as the challenges that she was facing in her marriage, the loss of her brother, and her examination of her ...
  • Kasey Jueds
    Jun 13, 2010
    While I didn't love this book quite as much as Things Seen and Unseen, it's still smart and moving and wonderful. It's a sequel memoir that deals with both the death of the author's brother, and her struggle to figure out whether or not she wants to become a priest. Again, I loved redi...
  • Kelly Brill
    Dec 18, 2018
    A lovely honest memoir about a period in Nora Gallagher's life when she was simultaneously mourning the loss of her brother and contemplating a call to priesthood. I especially appreciated her generous assessment of "church folk" and her descriptions of her own unique spirituality. ...
  • Dianne
    Mar 16, 2019
    Perhaps I have let my feelings get in the way on this book. I have always been somewhat sceptical, but mostly jealous, of others who claim to have "gotten the call." I have never delved further into inquiring about their discernment process. This book tells the story of one person's pr...
  • Kari
    Apr 23, 2012
    I love Nora Gallagher. This is a book about grief and discernment. The first half felt familiar, like I had perhaps read it before, but the second half felt wholly new to me. A beautiful story about how life continues after loss, about participating in the work of God and the church, a...
  • Kate Davis
    Sep 25, 2014
    Not very well organized, and not really all that interesting. The book pretty much concludes with "and then I realized I should write something that bridges the ordained and lay ministries," but that's not a thing she actually accomplishes in this book. Is this ENTIRE BOOK a prelude to...
  • Julia
    Sep 23, 2010
    Moving at times, this book details Gallagher's year of discernment around her sense of call to the priesthood. There are some deeply profound moments in here as she describes her understanding of the Eucharist and her emotion around her brother's death. There are also some moments that...
  • Jean Marie Angelo
    Feb 25, 2016
    I read this book at the urging of my spiritual director, an Episcopal priest who usually ends each session by handing me a bag or a pile of books. I especially gleaned much from Nora Gallagher. Like me, she had been a journalist. I toiled away for several business to business magazin...
  • Julie
    Aug 16, 2017
    Nora Gallagher's memoir takes us on her spiritual journey of resurrection. Her reflections convey the tidal wave of emotions that grief hit her with; and how it eventually led her to a new, unexpected, and rewarding life. The book is a slow read--moving back and forth chronologically i...
  • Tony Snyder
    Apr 10, 2016
    This book forced me to look at faith in so many new, interesting ways. I had never thought of longing as a positive emotion before. Now I won't run from it. I haven't read a more vivid description of the Body of Christ before. Finally, the thought of Christ loving us as though we are d...
  • Adriane
    Mar 18, 2013
    The second half was much more interesting and enjoyable than the first. ...
  • Josephine Ensign
    Mar 09, 2015
    Yuck. I picked up this book at my cute little neighborhood 'pocket library' based on its very lovely cover, but not realizing how nauseatingly entitled/ navel-gazing religious it was inside that lovely cover. While I can tolerate--and even like--Madeline L'Engle's Episcopalian/spiritua...
  • Janet Daniels
    Jun 18, 2013
    Nora Gallagher chronicles her "year of discernment" for the Episcopal priesthood. Reflecting on her personal experiences, she describes her choice, once she has been approved to attend seminary to be ordained. This is a great illustration of the discernment process at work. Listeni...
  • Rick
    Apr 26, 2014
    Thoughtful, encouraging view of life and spirituality. ...
  • Judy S
    Jun 19, 2014
    Just read this book for a second time and I know I'll read it again. So many wonderful passages that I wish I could memorize. An honest and moving bood. ...
  • Lee
    Jun 01, 2015
    I loved this book, but I can see that it takes a particular type of reader. Although the author is an Episcopalian woman on a journey of discernment as to her role as an ordained minister, I think that it would be appropriate for someone of any religious background, but I do think that...