Motherhood: A Confession (Encountering Traditions)De (autor) Natalie Carnes
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 28 Apr 2020
What if Augustine's Confessions had been written not by a man, but by a mother? How might her tales of desire, temptation, and transformation differ from his? In this memoir, Natalie Carnes describes giving birth to a daughter and beginning a story of conversion strikingly unlike Augustine's--even as his journey becomes a surprising companion to her own.
The challenges Carnes recounts will be familiar to many parents. She wonders what and how much she should ask her daughter to suffer in resisting racism, patriarchy, and injustice. She wrestles with an impulse to compel her child to flourish, and reflects on what such desire reveals about human freedom. She negotiates a religiously divided home, working motherhood, and social expectations, and traces the hopes and anxieties such negotiations expose. The demands of motherhood continually open for her new modes of reflection about deep Christian commitments and age-old human questions.
Addressing first her child and then her God, Carnes narrates how a child once held within her body grows increasingly separate from her, and so provokes painful but generative change. Having given birth, she finds that she herself is reborn.