• Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich

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  • Preface. Devil: Zero  xi
    Acknowledgments  xix
    Introduction. Love in Everything  1
    1. Time: On Poynte  19
    2. Truth: Divine Delight  41
    3. Blood: Spiritual Safety  61
    4. Bodies: Nakedly and Truly  81
    Postscript  109
    Appendix. A Summary of Julian's Visions  113
    References  115
    Index  119
  • "Although Hall addresses serious topics, her treatment is boundless and joyful. Those familiar with Julian's writings should find this unique take to be contemporary and relevant."

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  • "Although Hall addresses serious topics, her treatment is boundless and joyful. Those familiar with Julian's writings should find this unique take to be contemporary and relevant."

  • “Laughing at the Devil with these two exceedingly clear-eyed women—Julian of Norwich and Amy Laura Hall—is compelling, enlightening, and joyous, all in one. The two have created texts, each for their own time, that together bear witness, at points defiant, at points mischievous, to a profoundly God-sustained world. What a wonderful, grace-filled vision.” — Teresa Berger, author of, @ Worship: Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds

    “You might not expect to find references to Game of Thrones, West Texas, barfing bears, divorce, and Machiavelli in a book on Julian of Norwich, but you will find all these and much more in this volume. Julian of Norwich is a most unusual theologian, and Amy Laura Hall has given us a most unusual book: it is engaging and illuminating, a personal, passionate, and political reflection on and with Julian.” — Karen Kilby, coeditor of, The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology

    “Amy Laura Hall's masterful Laughing at the Devil is a rewarding joy to read, at once a profound dialogue with the great mystic Julian of Norwich, and a beautiful, raw, funny, audacious, and insightful invitation to the contemporary audience. We laugh with Hall and Julian, and we too yearn to pull closer to God not through fear and trembling, but through an aching heart bursting open with joy. This is the kind of raw, gritty, grounded, and real spiritual exploration that calls to all Christians, and to all people of faith. Strongly recommended!” — Omid Safi, author of, Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition

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    Laughing at the Devil is an invitation to see the world with a medieval visionary now known as Julian of Norwich, believed to be the first woman to have written a book in English. (We do not know her given name, because she became known by the name of a church that became her home.) Julian “saw our Lord scorn [the Devil's] wickedness” and noted that “he wants us to do the same.” In this impassioned, analytic, and irreverent book, Amy Laura Hall emphasizes Julian's call to scorn the Devil. Julian of Norwich envisioned courage during a time of fear. Laughing at the Devil describes how a courageous woman transformed a setting of dread into hope, solidarity, and resistance.

    About The Author(s)

    Amy Laura Hall is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University Divinity School. She is the author of Kierkegaard and the Treachery of LoveConceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction; and Writing Home, With Love: Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers.
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