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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Kathleen M O'Connor
|ISBN:||9780800620400 0800620402 9780800699307 0800699300|
|Description:||xii, 179 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Imagining lives : historical context --
Hearts of stone : disasters and their effects --
A relentless quest for meaning : the Book of Jeremiah --
A family comes undone : the metaphor of a broken family --
Fragmented memories of trauma : the war poems --
If only tears were possible : the weeping poems --
Telling a life : biographical stories --
Survive by praying : the confessions --
Encoding catastrophe : the sermons --
Rekindling hope : the little book of consolation --
Running out of strength : endings --
Confusion as meaning-making : the composition of the book.
|Responsibility:||Kathleen M. O'Connor.|
"Whether dealing with collective catastrophe or intimate trauma, recovering from emotional and physical hurt is hard. Kathleen O'Connor shows that although Jeremiah's emotionally wrought language can aggravate readers' memories of pain, it also documents the ways an ancient community, and the prophet personally, sought to restore their collapsed social world. Both prophet and book provide a traumatized community language to articulate disaster; move self-understanding from delusional security to identity as survivors; constitute individuals as responsible moral agents; portray God as equally afflicted by disaster; and invite a reconstruction of reality" -- Publisher description.
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