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Called Out of Darkness

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Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.


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." "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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