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The Calling: A Year in the Life of an Order of Nuns

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In the tradition of the bestselling The Cloister Walk, Whitney's narrative of her personal journey inside a Dominican community is a moving and revealing portrait of a contemporary religious order.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 22nd 2000 by Three Rivers Press
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Cat.
Jun 23, 2013 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author went to Catholic high school in the early 60s, a time of dramatic change in the Catholic Church. Her teachers were all nuns, and she contemplated taking vows as a nun herself. When the Mother Prioress suggested she take some time to be sure she was called to that vocation she was so crushed she effectively left the church in her past.

About three decades later, she was asked to write about nuns by her publisher and headed back to the Seattle area to re-immerse herself in the life of th
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Booklover
It look me forever to finish this book. I would not say it's a compelling read, and in 2015 it is definitely a bit dated.

Part-autobiography, part-journalist vignettes, it just didn't keep my attention. I got through the majority of this title, after I first checked it out in August of last year; with one or two renewals. Today, I decided it was finally time to put it to bed and finish it. I skimmed sections to refresh my recollection, so I could try to write a semi-coherent review.

There is lit
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Willa Grant
This book was not what I expected. It is so much of the author's personal life journey & yet she captures the feeling & reality of having a calling to be a religious. I was happy to have read this book, though it certainly did not answer the questions I had or give an exclusive look into the question of a calling.
Pam Frost Gorder
Feb 17, 2013 Pam Frost Gorder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, nuns
The author, who herself considered becoming a nun in her early years of a Catholic education, gives an inside look at what it means to be nun today, and how that meaning has evolved over the last few decades.
Amy
Jan 05, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People who know me well will laugh at this: I've always kind of wanted to be a nun. It's a very attractive lifestyle. Unfortunately, Lutherans don't have nuns, and I'm not about to change my religion just to get a rosary. This is a fascinating look into the lives of modern day nuns.
Hope McCormick
Apr 20, 2013 Hope McCormick rated it liked it
It was interesting, but it wasn't what I expected.
Cindy
Mar 18, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I like it. What calls them to this life? Great spiritual insight
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This book was very inspiring to read. Has anyone else read this book before?
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