Time and Despondency (ebook)

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by Nicole M. Roccas

Idleness. Apathy. Restlessness. Procrastination. These are symptoms of what early Christian theologians called despondency (acedia), a spiritual sickness rooted in a lack of care or effort. A condition as old as the ancients, despondency thrives in today's culture of leisure, anxiety, and digital distraction. Time and Despondency is a penetrating synthesis of ancient theology, spiritual memoir, and self-help practicality. It envisions despondency as the extension of a broken relationship with the experience of time. Driven by the fear of death and the anxiety of living, despondency drives us to abandon the present moment, forsaking the only temporal realm in which we have true fellowship with Christ. The remedies offered by time-honored Christian thinkers for this predicament constitute not only an antidote to despondency but also stepping stones back to the present moment. In regaining the sacredness of time, we re-encounter the Resurrection of Christ in the dark and restless moments of our lives.

About the author: Dr. Nicole Roccas has been researching and writing about time from both a historical and theological perspective for nearly ten years. In addition to being a writer and editor, she lectures at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (Toronto). You can find more of her writing on her Ancient Faith podcast and blog, Time Eternal, and her website, www.nicoleroccas.com. Nicole has a PhD in History from the University of Cincinnati. A native of Wisconsin, Nicole lives in Toronto with her husband, Basil, whose efforts to indoctrinate her into the ways of maple syrup and Canadian spelling have yet to take effect.

 

Author: Nicole M. Roccas

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

 

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by Nicole M. Roccas

Idleness. Apathy. Restlessness. Procrastination. These are symptoms of what early Christian theologians called despondency (acedia), a spiritual sickness rooted in a lack of care or effort. A condition as old as the ancients, despondency thrives in today's culture of leisure, anxiety, and digital distraction. Time and Despondency is a penetrating synthesis of ancient theology, spiritual memoir, and self-help practicality. It envisions despondency as the extension of a broken relationship with the experience of time. Driven by the fear of death and the anxiety of living, despondency drives us to abandon the present moment, forsaking the only temporal realm in which we have true fellowship with Christ. The remedies offered by time-honored Christian thinkers for this predicament constitute not only an antidote to despondency but also stepping stones back to the present moment. In regaining the sacredness of time, we re-encounter the Resurrection of Christ in the dark and restless moments of our lives.

About the author: Dr. Nicole Roccas has been researching and writing about time from both a historical and theological perspective for nearly ten years. In addition to being a writer and editor, she lectures at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (Toronto). You can find more of her writing on her Ancient Faith podcast and blog, Time Eternal, and her website, www.nicoleroccas.com. Nicole has a PhD in History from the University of Cincinnati. A native of Wisconsin, Nicole lives in Toronto with her husband, Basil, whose efforts to indoctrinate her into the ways of maple syrup and Canadian spelling have yet to take effect.

 

Author: Nicole M. Roccas

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

 

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Buy it now because I wish you could have bought it yesterday.

Life in the modern world is blessed with many conveniences which make a contemplative life possible but at times this opportunity comes at the expense of leaving us time to not just think but to brood. I have no case studies ready to cite but I do have the general sense that feelings of despondency, depression, and anxiety are on the rise and as modern Orthodox Christians, we are not always ready to sort through these feelings in a way that allows us to be both productive and at peace. I believe that all of us at some point in our lives and perhaps even often in our lives, will encounter these feelings and usually lack the toolbox to process them. This book is a clear and concise set of tools which enable the reader to apply to their individual concerns. This is not some trite, silly set of affirmations coupled with feel-good tips but rather uses experiences shared across populations to talk about the underlying cause of these feelings and the ways in which we enable a broken understanding of the meaning of our lives.

The author achieves a delicate of incorporation of cerebral thought experiments and common experiences to explain her points. This means that book is not terribly difficult to read but is still rich and dense.This is important because not only is she able to speak to a wide audience, wider than one would expect, but prevents it from becoming just vapid talk and instead something more substantive. For instance, one of my favorite examples is the experience of being in an elevator and being rushed or wanting time alone and instead of pressing the "hold" button, pressing the "door close" button, and allowing the doors to close on someone rushing to make the car. I think that all readers can appreciate and understand the experience, even if not one that they have actually had, which means that discussing our motivation and how we think about others and ourselves becomes very real. When she draws from history, philosophy, and Church Tradition to make her points, they are illustrated by her example. Later when we have a similar experience, we are prepared to think about our actions what they mean for ourselves and others.

I have the benefit of knowing the author personally and she is both brilliant and compassionate and cares deeply for the people she encounters. Her profound consideration comes across in the tone of the book. It is apparent that she is invested in the reader. Without being condescending or shallow, she engages the reader both intellectually and emotionally and walks with them through their own despondency like Beatrice in Dante. It is painful to confront those things which cause us to despair and the author neither minimizes that pain nor does she shy away from it but gently guides through it. I had the opportunity to read the book as it was being written, which was a privilege, and knowing how I have struggled and how others I love have struggled, I repeatedly wished the book was already written. As I read, I would think about a few specific people I know who were entrenched in despondency and I wanted this book for them. It is finally, finally available and now everyone can benefit from this work.

I know the author personally and I have read the book both in draft form and proof but I was in no way compensated for my very heartfelt review. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone, there is no one for whom it will not become useful at some point in their lives. This is a book to come back to again and again as a refresher when life is harsh and our hearts feel weak. Buy it now because I wish you could have bought it yesterday.
Posted by Melissa Naasko on 22nd Jan 2018