Called Out of Darkness : A Spiritual Confession Paperback
by Anne Rice
Internationally bestselling author, Anne Rice, has written twenty-eight novels - magnificent tales of other worldly beings that explore the realms of good and evil, love and alienation: each a reflection of her own moral journey.
Now, in her powerful memoir, she writes about her own life as a Catholic.
Beginning with her New Orleans childhood, in a vividly experienced world of storytelling and ritual, Rice's faith was formed.
As a teenager, struggling to reconcile her faith with her hunger for knowledge and understanding of the modern world, she turned her back to the religion of her childhood and lost her belief in God.
Years later, after the tragic passing of her daughter, she wrote Interview with the Vampire, a lament for her lost faith.
Rice describes a turning point in 1998, when, after nearly four decades as an atheist, she returned to the religion of her childhood.
Hers is a faith that has survived even her husband's death and the divisive nature of contemporary religious debate.
This is her spiritual confession.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/10/2009
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780099522232
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Review by Carpe_Librum
This is a book written by one of my all time favourite authors, Anne Rice. In this non-fiction publication, Anne recounts her life and her relationship with God. Beginning in her youth, Anne Rice takes us through her religious upbringing as a devout Catholic in New Orleans.I was amazed at the extent of her devotion and worship and was able to catch a glimpse of what growing up in the Catholic faith was like in America at that time. I was also able to gain a clearer understanding of her admiration and love of nature, New Orleans and the Churches and significant buildings of her childhood. I often saw this reflected in her many novels and it is an aspect of her writing I thoroughly enjoy.However after leaving home to go to College, Anne met non-Catholics for the very first time and gradually her faith began to crumble. This eventually resulted in her leaving the Church and God for a period of 38 years.The second half of the book talks about her struggle with faith and how it helped her to shape her novels and the struggles faced by many of her main characters. I was totally engrossed in this part of the book and enjoyed her personal reflections with regard to plot and character, and found myself wanting to read all her novels again with this new insight.Anne Rice returned to her faith and since then has decided to devote her life and her talents to God and write for him. This explains the end of her other series of books and how she came to commence writing a fictional account of Jesus' life, in "Christ The Lord" and "Christ The Lord - Road to Cana".I admire her struggle and years of research and reflection, and it really left me thinking about the themes of life purpose and 'soul searching'.However the fan in me couldn't help but be disappointed when it became clear there would be no other books published that weren't related to her current faith related works.In conclusion, this is really a book for those interested in the spiritual journey of the author, or those facing their own spiritual journey who wish to look through the eyes of another.