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Chasing Grace: Reflections of a Catholic Girl, Grown Up
From Manning's passionate childhood longing to become a nun, to her equally passionate teenage hope that God would forget that wish, to her musings as a writer, wife, and mother on the ways faith has colored her life, Chasing Grace paints a funny and moving picture of Irish-American Catholic life and family.
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by HarperOne
(first published 1996)
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Jan 29, 2008 Katie rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who was raised Catholic or went to Catholic school
Witty and life-like. Laugh out loud at points. There was a lot I could relate to in this book, but if you don't have connections to the Catholic church, it may not be as funny.
one of my favorite books (if not my absolute fave). it's been on my shelf-- torn and tattered by now-- for over 10 years. i can't say that a guy would really appreciate it, but if you're even a slightly introspective woman, i think you'd enjoy.
This is the perfect book for my nightstand. Each chapter stands alone, and is witty and wonderful, but true as well. I find myself agreeing with the author on so many issues, but often, I have never even thought about them, much less articulated. Just resonated with me. I have read this several times, and bought out all the copies B&N had when they were in the Bargain Books pile. I have since given them all away! Maureen was the funniest: she tried to read it, wasn't impressed and then put i ...more
Having had a Catholic school education for 8 years in the 1950s and 1960s, I always enjoy reading about other people who had nuns for teachers. Every nun who ever taught in a grade school at that time must have learned their teaching methods from the same very old, very mean head nun. Or maybe the nuns were all mean because they had to wear those crazy outfits!
Jul 27, 2011 Cyndi Chauvin rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Funny, realistic outlook on Catholic upbringing, could really relate with most things. Dont know how my 18yr old Daughter acquired this book and she doesn't remember either for she never read it. Found it, dusted it off, gave it a try. It's not biased in any way at all and thats what I liked most about it. Liked some of the quotes too.
I enjoyed this book, but know I would have liked it more if I had some of those common Catholic experiences that were mentioned so many times. I found it a little disorienting at times because it was not chronological - instead being organized by topic.
Chasing Grace was a wonderful, funny book that I absolutely loved. It made me want to share my funny moments with my original family, and continue to have the great times with my family now. Read it, learn from it, enjoy it, ....never put it down until you finish it! It is great!
Another of my all time favorite books. This is a laugh-out-loud-until-your-sides-hurt book, with many tender, insightful, and wise moments as well. If you were raised Catholic and have a sense of humor, this book is for you. If you don't know anything about the Catholic faith, read it anyway!