Review: Lying Awake

Mark Salzman (2000)

A Carmelite nun in a monastery in the hills above L.A. has endured debilitating headaches for years, thinking the accompanying flashes of light, visions and hypergraphia (voluminous writing) were messages from God. When Sister John learns there may be a medical explanation and possible cure for her visions, everything she has come to accept is called into question. She must decide whether to have surgery to cure her physical ailment and risk losing the visions and the talent for writing that come with it. This story never bogs down with heavy philosophy or daunting theology. It’s beautifully told from a very personal perspective.

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