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Overview Named a "best bet" by "USA Today, Chasing Grace" is a hilarious and touching memoir of a Catholic childhood and a lifetime spent in pursuit of grace--from the "talented and thoughtful writer" ("New York Times") Martha Manning, author of the critically acclaimed "Undercurrents". "Poignant, witty, often caustic. . . . Manning's meditation will appeal to thoughtful readers of every persuasion".--"Library Journal".
From the author of the "absolutely absorbing" (USA Today) memoir Undercurrents comes an unforgettable portrait of childhood, family and community. The eldest child of a devout Irish-American Catholic family, Martha Manning weaves her story around the seven holy sacraments: baptism, penance, communion, confirmation, holy orders, marriage and last rites. She recalls her childhood pratfalls, adolescent yearnings and entrance into motherhood with wisdom, wit and remarkable honesty. At once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Chasing Grace is a wholly original tale of family and friends, happy times and difficult ones -- and thepainful, joyous journey from childhood to adulthood.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Release Date Aug 27, 1997
ISBN 0062513125 ISBN13 9780062513120 UPC 099455010009
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More About Martha Manning
Martha Manning, Ph.D., is a writer, clinical psychologist, and former professor of psychology at George Mason University. She is the author of Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface; Chasing Grace: Reflections of a Catholic Girl, Grown Up; and All Seasons Pass: Grieving Miscarriage. Manning has been recognized by the National Institutes of Mental Health for her work in education and advocacy and was awarded the American Psychiatric Association 1996 Presidential Award for Patient Advocacy. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Ladies' Home Journal, and New Woman. She has been featured on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, C-SPAN, The Early Show, NPR's "Voice of America," and other radio and television programs.
Martha Manning currently resides in the state of Virginia.
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Catholic Kids - Flashbacks from the classroom Nov 10, 2006
Absolutely a delightful group of stories of how catholic kids were taught to look at their world from Kindergarten through High School. Loved the milestones such as the celebration of First Communion and the precious rosary beads, the white pearl prayerbook, and ahh yes the rote confession we all went through, confessing our made up sins in the black box with the weird screen inside, hoping that the parish priest did not recognize us and tell our parents what we had confessed, which was mostly made up. Reading these stories, which were humorously written took me back to days I had almost but not quite forgotten. Martha's description of the nuns, priests and other kids was right on. She was equally funny when she talked about getting married and having a child. I was especially touched at the end of the book where she discloses her beautiful last will and testament containing heartfelt thoughts of her loved ones.
Absolutely Delightful Aug 17, 2000
Not being Catholic, I was afraid when I picked this book up that parts would be over my head. However, Manning does an exceptional job of describing Catholic rites without getting bogged down in the explaination. I thought this book was touching and hysterical at the same time and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone, even non-Catholics, who is interested in the religion.
Pay no attention to the Kirkus review of this book Apr 7, 2000
The review by Kirkus Reviews of Chasing Grace shows a completemisunderstanding of the book. The reviewer states: "Her textseems like the record of a pleasurable, meandering conversation exchanging anecdotes about their childhood than a measured, reflective study." Maybe that's because it was a conversation about childhood, not a study of the Catholic Church. I was wary of this book. I thought that it might be a "I survived Catholicism" Catholic-bashing type book. I was pleasantly surprised. This book is about a woman's journey from childhood to adulthood. It is centered by experiences with her religion. That makes perfect sense because the seven sacraments are rites of passage for Catholics. To be sure she did have some horror stories to tell about her experiences in the Pre-Vatican II church, but she seems to have learned that The Church is populated by people - and people fail. Those wretched nuns she described did fail the church and maybe the church failed them. But, as anyone who knows anything about the Catholic Church, the Church has made such progress. Manning seems to recognize that. Or at least forgive the Church for it's transgressions. She sees past the human failings of the Church and sees the grace within. END
Life as Sacrament Aug 4, 1999
Martha Manning not only writes a delightfully charming and hilarious account of her Catholic girlhood, she also, and more importantly, connects adult life experiences with acramental spirituality. Relating real life experiences in the context of each of the 7 Sacraments celebrated in the Catholic Church, she gives a tangible reality to spirituality and explores life as a place where one encounters the living presence of God. It is obvious that for Ms. Manning, all of life is sacred and sacraments are to be lived - not just as ritual moments, but as the very fabric of everyday experience. This is a gem.
Laughing out Loud Jul 24, 1999
This book is insightful, well written, very real and all of those other adjectives which are used to describe this site's 5-star books. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys coming of age type books; it is a must read for any product of parochial education in the 1960s.
One warning, though- it is unbelievably funny, and I found myself in stitches throughout the whole thing. Great for me, not so great for those seated around me on the Miami to LA flight. Rereads yield the same result. Write more, Martha!