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Anne Rice's first work of nonfiction--a powerful and haunting memoir that explores her continuing spiritual transformation. Anne Rice was raised in New Orleans as the devout child in a deeply religious Irish Catholic family. Here, she describes how, as she grew up, she lost her belief in God, but not her desire for a meaningful life. She used her novels--beginning with Interview with a Vampire--to wrestle with otherworldly themes while in her own life, she experienced both loss (the death of her daughter and, later, her beloved husband, Stan Rice) and joys (the birth of her son, Christopher). And she writes about how, finally, after years of questioning, she experienced the intense conversion and re-embracing of her faith that lie behind her most recent novels about the life of Christ.
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Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

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Rice explains how she lost God, wrote Interview with a Vampire, and then after 38 years of pain and triumph came back to the fold. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Rice's long-awaited spiritual memoir details growing up Catholic in New Orleans in the 1940s and '50s, her 38-year absence from the Church as an adult and her slow but steady return to faith in the late 1990s. Kirsten Potter has a beautifully modulated voice, but seems too young for the autobiographical musings of Rice, who was born more than a generation earlier. It would also have been lovely if the audio version offered musical chanting and singing of the Latin cadences Rice discusses in the memoir as being so instrumental in forming her faith, instead of just spoken recitations of them. However, the audio does offer a welcome bonus: more than 20 minutes of an intimate interview with Rice, conducted by a friend who is a Catholic priest. She discusses her childhood faith, love of Saint Francis and new desire to write a Christian fantasy series. A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 15). (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

-[A] very affecting story of a well-known prodigal's return. . . . Called Out of Darkness is the vivid, engaging tale of the journey of a soul into light.- --Chicago Sun-Times -Rice couples her writing talents with the zeal of a recent convert.- --Christianity Today -Rice could rival C.S. Lewis as a popular apologist for the faith.- --Time -Rice's memoir shows what true belief really involves. It exacts a price. James Agee had a lovely term for this. He called it 'cruel radiance.'- --Los Angeles Times -Anne Rice is not a convert but a revert. . . . A loving reconstruction of the pre-Vatican II Church of the 1940s and 1950s. . . . [After] twenty-five years and twenty-one books . . . Rice entrusts both herself and the people she loves to God.- --First Things -Called Out of Darkness is rich in both poetic simplicity and liberating confessionals. This memoir is not to be missed.- --East Bay Literary Examiner -I am not a Christian and I normally don't read what I would call Christian books. They don't appeal to me, they don't interest me and I normally pass them by in the bookstore. . . . [But] I picked up [Called Out of Darkness] up this afternoon and it's beyond wonderful.- --Jamieson Wolf -As a long-time reader of Anne Rice's, the impetus she presents here makes me want to re-read many of her prior works. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks the inspiration and motivation behind the bestselling novels they've read.---BookReporter.com -Nothing short of magnificent. . . . What a real blessing, what a vulnerable sharing.- --Flos Carmeli -A lovely, intelligent book.- --PopMatters -Even if you don't consider yourself to be a religious person--even if you are not a Christian--read this book. Anyone can appreciate the message contained in Called Out of Darkness. . . . It is a thinking person's approach to faith.- --Edge (Provincetown, MA) "[A] very affecting story of a well-known prodigal's return. . . . Called Out of Darkness is the vivid, engaging tale of the journey of a soul into light." --Chicago Sun-Times "Rice couples her writing talents with the zeal of a recent convert." --Christianity Today "Rice could rival C.S. Lewis as a popular apologist for the faith." --Time "Rice's memoir shows what true belief really involves. It exacts a price. James Agee had a lovely term for this. He called it 'cruel radiance.'" --Los Angeles Times "Anne Rice is not a convert but a revert. . . . A loving reconstruction of the pre-Vatican II Church of the 1940s and 1950s. . . . [After] twenty-five years and twenty-one books . . . Rice entrusts both herself and the people she loves to God." --First Things "Called Out of Darkness is rich in both poetic simplicity and liberating confessionals. This memoir is not to be missed." --East Bay Literary Examiner "I am not a Christian and I normally don't read what I would call Christian books. They don't appeal to me, they don't interest me and I normally pass them by in the bookstore. . . . [But] I picked up [Called Out of Darkness] up this afternoon and it's beyond wonderful." --Jamieson Wolf "As a long-time reader of Anne Rice's, the impetus she presents here makes me want to re-read many of her prior works. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks the inspiration and motivation behind the bestselling novels they've read."--BookReporter.com "Nothing short of magnificent. . . . What a real blessing, what a vulnerable sharing." --Flos Carmeli "A lovely, intelligent book." --PopMatters "Even if you don't consider yourself to be a religious person--even if you are not a Christian--read this book. Anyone can appreciate the message contained in Called Out of Darkness. . . . It is a thinking person's approach to faith." --Edge (Provincetown, MA) [A] very affecting story of a well-known prodigal s return. . . . Called Out of Darkness is the vivid, engaging tale of the journey of a soul into light. "Chicago Sun-Times" Rice couples her writing talents with the zeal of a recent convert. "Christianity Today" Rice could rival C.S. Lewis as a popular apologist for the faith. "Time" Rice s memoir shows what true belief really involves. It exacts a price. James Agee had a lovely term for this. He called it cruel radiance. "Los Angeles Times" Anne Rice is not a convert but a revert. . . . A loving reconstruction of the pre Vatican II Church of the 1940s and 1950s. . . . [After] twenty-five years and twenty-one books . . . Rice entrusts both herself and the people she loves to God. "First Things" Called Out of Darkness" "is rich in both poetic simplicity and liberating confessionals. This memoir is not to be missed. "East Bay Literary Examiner" I am not a Christian and I normally don t read what I would call Christian books. They don t appeal to me, they don t interest me and I normally pass them by in the bookstore. . . . [But] I picked up [Called Out of Darkness] up this afternoon and it s beyond wonderful. Jamieson Wolf As a long-time reader of Anne Rice s, the impetus she presents here makes me want to re-read many of her prior works. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks the inspiration and motivation behind the bestselling novels they ve read. BookReporter.com Nothing short of magnificent. . . . What a real blessing, what a vulnerable sharing. Flos Carmeli A lovely, intelligent book. PopMatters Even if you don t consider yourself to be a religious person even if you are not a Christian read this book. Anyone can appreciate the message contained in "Called Out of Darkness." . . . It is a thinking person s approach to faith. "Edge" (Provincetown, MA)"

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