And Then There Were Nuns

And Then There Were Nuns

by Jane Christmas

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Overview

“The best kind of memoir, revealing, refreshing, and reflective enough to make readers turn many of the questions on themselves.” —Booklist (starred review)
 
With humor and opinions aplenty, a woman embarks on an unconventional quest to see if she is meant to be a nun.
 
Just as Jane Christmas decides to enter a convent in mid-life to find out whether she is “nun material,” her long-term partner Colin, suddenly springs a marriage proposal on her. Determined not to let her monastic dreams be sidelined, Christmas puts her engagement on hold and embarks on an extraordinary year-long adventure to four convents—one in Canada and three in the UK.
 
In these communities of cloistered nuns and monks, she shares—and at times chafes and rails against—the silent, simple existence she has sought all of her life. Christmas takes this spiritual quest seriously, but her story is full of the candid insights, humorous social faux pas, profane outbursts, and epiphanies that make her books so relatable and popular. And Then There Were Nuns offers a seldom-seen look inside modern cloistered life, and it is sure to ruffle more than a few starched collars among the ecclesiastical set.
 
“A lovely, heartfelt tale. Get thee to a bookstore and buy it.” —A. J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically
 
“In fluid and often playful prose, she introduces women and men (she spent a week at a monastery on the Isle of Wight) who have devoted their lives to prayer, including a skydiving 90-year-old nun.” —Maclean’s

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781553658009
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 08/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 663,988
File size: 377 KB

About the Author

Jane Christmas is the author of Incontinent on the Continent,What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim, and The Pelee Project. She has three grown children and now lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

1 In the Beginning, There Was a Proposal 1

2 At a Crossroads 21

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine

3 Battling Demons 85

Quarr Abbey

4 An Invalid Religion 131

St. Cecilia's Abbey

5 The Cloistered Castle 163

Order of the Holy Paraclete

6 The Winter Desert 215

Order of the Holy Paraclete

7 When Silence Knocks 257

Order of the Holy Paraclete

Epilogue 279

Acknowledgements 291

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