Against the wishes of her parents (but with their permission), Karen Armstrong entered a convent at 17. Her memoir reveals what being a nun was like in 1960s England--the spiritual, physical and emotional challenges, as well as the joy of feeling called and chosen to strive to be close to God.
From what I understand of my mother & sister's Hindu vocations, the concept of needing to destroy one's own ego and ties to the world, including family in order to be close to God, is more similar than I would have thought for Catholics.
Armstrong is truly a believer, and her story is unbiased. If you pick this book up, and it seems slow at first, hang on until she makes it to the convent.
Recommended by Kate Haas.
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Wed, 05/29/2013 - 4:00pm
The Tulip and the Pope by
The Tulip and the Pope by Deborah Larsen is another good ex-nun memoir, taking place in the same time period, about a young woman of the same age, but in the US.