Monday, November 16, 2009

Books By Theme: Get thee to a nunnery!

Photo credit: estherase

Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the making of America
by John Fialka
Examines the role nuns have played in the building of American society, discussing how they became the nation's first group of independent professional women.

The Scent of God
by Beryl Bissell

In 1957, 18-year-old Bissell entered the monastery of the cloistered order of the Poor Clares in New Jersey. At 33, after falling in love with a priest, she left. The memoir details Bissell's lifelong love affair with God and decade-long love affair with an Italian priest, Vittoria Bosca.

Through the Narrow Gate
by Karen Armstrong

A former nun reveals the intimate details of her life within the enclosed world of an austere religious order.

The Tulip and the Pope: A Nun's Story
by Deborah Larsen

The author recalls her memories of convent life and her desire to give up all worldly thoughts and possessions in order to become a nun in 1960, and describes her decision not to take her final vows in 1965.

Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns
by Cheryl L. Reed

Cheryl Reed recounts the experiences she had while researching the lives of nuns and discusses how her research impacted her own spirituality and beliefs. From the cloister to the convent to the public arena, these women answer a host of intriguing questions about life, love, sex, prayer, faith, and spiritual empowerment.


Greg Zimmerman said...

This is a fiction book, but Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen is an absolutely riveting nun-themed book.

Nina said...

Never heard of these books before, but they do sound great. I do like the story of The Tulip and the Pope: A Nun's Story. It sounds very beautiful and maybe even sad.

Eva said...

What a fun theme! I have Armstrong's memoir out right now, and I've been wanting to read that Sisters book all year. I"ll second Greg's suggestion of Mariette in Ecstasy. :)

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Thanks for the book recommendation, Greg and Eva. I'll have to check that one out.

Marie Cloutier said...

I love it. This is actually really useful for me because i'm in a religious book club and we're always looking for books on Christianity- and the subject of nuns is always popular because it strikes many as exotic. So I thank you for this list and I'm going to share it with my club, if you don't mind!

Veens said...

That 1st pic made me laugh!

These are some amazing titles, i have never heard of them!

Alyce said...

I haven't read any of these, but I do find the lives of nuns fascinating. These all look like interesting books.

Kirthi said...

The Scent of God sounds like the best out of all of them, who new nuns could be interesting :D I love the first picture with the shocked nun, it's so cute! and hilarious!

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