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Amen, Amen, Amen - Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying Among Other Things

Abby Sher

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Until the age of ten, comedian and writer Abby Sher was a happy child in a fun-loving, musical family. When her father and favorite aunt pass away, Abby fills the void of her loss with rituals: kissing her father's picture over and over each night, washing her hands and counting her steps, collecting sharp objects that she thinks could harm innocent pedestrians. Then she begins to pray. At first she repeats the few phrases she remembers from synagogue, but by the time she is in high school, Abby is spending hours locked in her closet urgently reciting a series of incantations and pleas. The prescribed patterns from which she cannot deviate become her shelter and her obsession. In college, Abby is diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, and while it helps explain the counting and kissing and collecting, she resists rationalizing her deepest obsession, certain that her prayers are not an illness but the cure. Unable to confront the fears that drive her, she descends into darker compulsions, cutting and starving herself, measuring every calorie and each incision. But even in the darkest moments of her illness, there are glimmers of laughter and hope, for she carries the irrepressible spirit and passion that are so much a part of her family. Ultimately, it is another loss-the death of her mother-that compels Abby to redefine the terms of her illness and her faith, freeing her to live and love more fully. Full of heartbreak, buoyant with humor, and marked by exceptionally vivid storytelling, Amen, Amen, Amen is a brilliant account of soul-searching, self-discovery, and the bounds and boundlessness of obsession and devotion.

Language:

English

Length:

12h 58m


Chapters

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05:00

Introduction
Introduction

02:49


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

31:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

35:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

30:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

43:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

34:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

46:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

45:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

55:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

46:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

36:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:26