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2.95  ·  Rating Details ·  277 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
On 31 August 2008, sister Jesme left the congregation of Mother of Carmel. The authorities' repeated attempts to have her declared insane, she says, left her no other option. This book, a first of its kind in India, is an outpouring of her experiences as a nun for thirty three years.

Searing, sincere and sensitive, Amen is a plea for a reformation of the church and comes at
Published by ഡി സി ബുക്‌സ്‌ (first published January 1st 2009)
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Trupti Dorge
Aug 06, 2009 Trupti Dorge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Samir Dhond
When I finished reading the book, the first thought that came to my mind was “This is possible. In fact, I am sure this happens.” We are dealing with Human Beings and therefore, we are dealing with human emotions as they are experienced by people regardless of the environment in which they live. I found the book shocking in pieces and not so shocking with some other details. Places of worship, regardless of the religion, are places that are run by Human Beings. They have feelings and they all ne ...more
Sarad Pradhan
It's revelation that one hardly expects to know. She is sincere about putting her problems that authority seemingly ignores like corruption and homosexuality. Church should not function like it used to be in 7the century......Good book to know more about life inside convent.
Anupama Ma
Turning water into whine

Blame me for expecting something explosive. This was nothing more than the long rant of a disgruntled employee. The fact that she was a nun is just an added bonus. As a saying goes, if there's a devil residing in the roof of every normal household, there's a devil residing in each rafter in a convent. A house full of women where everyone is everyone's mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, the stuff Ekta Kapoor's dreams are made of. And the poor husband, Jesus Christ, looks a
Chirag M
A person's religious identity doesn't link him to everyone sharing that identity. Actions that bring disrepute to him, shouldn't be generalized to to others having something in common with them.

The book talks about the degradation of the religious christian institutions in Kerela - not the globe.

Ashok Krishna
Apr 25, 2015 Ashok Krishna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review – Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun
06th August ‘12

Another ‘explosive’ (!) book in the lines of ‘My Story’ (Kamala Das), ‘The Autobiography of a Sex-Worker’ (Nalini Jameela), or the melodramatic obscenities of a Taslima Nareen even. Only that the fire runs out of the fuse itself and the book turns out to be a damp squib. The book follows no norms of an autobiography and could very well have been named as ‘Musings of a Nun’, rather than as ‘Autobiography’. The author herself admits in
Loy Machedo
Dec 06, 2011 Loy Machedo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where most of the books found in South India speak flawlessly of a perfect world where rock solid foundation of Christianity is sparkling and blissful combination of peace and joy, here comes a book that shakes the very foundation to its roots. From the slippery slope of sexual exploitation to the rocky roads of systematic corruption and abject racism, comes a book that is a sum total of thirty three years of facing the reality behind the iron dark walls of the Christian self proclaimed Infallib ...more
Sneha Pillai
Heartbreaking but nothing only gives an insider's account of church and congregation, most of which is already guessed and known partially to the outside world, thanks to media reports. However, one has to give the credit to Sr Jesme for not only openly speaking about it but also for showing the courage to write an autobiography. Though, a sensitive piece of writing, at times, Sr Jesme seems to be a little too sensitive about things. I do not doubt her attempt to be open and honest ...more
Neenu Jose
From a literary point of view, the writing clearly lacks flow as the author keeps jumping from one subject to the other. With regard to the experiences described by sister Jesme, there is nothing revealing about it. The society is well aware of the politics within church establishments. However, I admire sister Jesme's courage to walk out of the constricted walls of the convent and to speak out against her authorities. Instead of leading a life away from the critical eyes of the public, she dare ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this. It was interesting to read about a woman who was so different to me, coming from a different background. This Indian woman wrote about her time in the convent and gives some shocking revelations, including being sexually assaulted by a priest and coerced into a lesbian affair. She remains conservative and a supporter of the church, but has left the convent. I enjoyed reading this and getting a different perspective, it was very interesting to read about the workings of the convent a ...more
Vikash (
On the front cover of AMEN(atleast in the one I have) you notice a line on the top, it starts with the words, 'a taboo breaking.........'. It is definitely so and is may be 'certainly' the first-of-its-kind in India, but it tells what you wanted to hear. It is an eye opener of sorts when you read about corruption, neopotism, and sexual harassment inside the congregation, but is not all honest to the core is a kind of feeling one might have. Amen has its moments no doubt especially where sr Jesme ...more
Dec 25, 2013 Abhiram rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very brave and daring attempt by a nun to throw light on the darkest corners of the catholic church. Similar stories will surely occur in any major religion, much in contrast to professed tenets and beliefs of the same. Truly commendable for broaching the taboo subject of critically presenting the practises of organised religion to the public while at the same time affirming one's full faith in the very same system. But becomes slightly tiring for the reader to go through passages that repeate ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Nitya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always been sceptical of the Church and the life it forces its own to live, but reading this was still disturbing - to know how petty, and small-minded and un-interested in God the Church can be.

And I know Sister Jesme is an M.Phil, PhD and all, but the book could probably have done with better editing. The structure was hard to follow and the narrative jumps from one event to the next. It was hard keeping track of which college she was at and who the main sisters were.

But still, good read.
Mar 02, 2013 Haseeb rated it it was amazing
Amen a book written by sister Jesme in which she writes about the sexual harassments by the priests and closet homosexuality within nun ranks. Sister Jesme, 52, who was the Principal of St Mary’s College, Thrissur, till last August when she quit the Congregation of Mother.

She has disclosed the “dirty secrets” of the Church administration. How, under the hood of nun-hood and priest-hood, and the entire celibacy thing, sexual harrassment and abuse is rampant
Libin Jacob
This book is a simple, straightforward and what I believe to be honest, look at what goes on behind the secret walls of convents and churches. The book gives the author a chance to talk about her side of the story and while doing so, she has shown that for all the vows and the prayers and the respect society heaps on them, many priests and nuns are just like most normal people.
Sumit Ranjan
As suggested by a friend, this book did tell me about how missionary functions but it as the title says, just an autobiography. The book is written well enough to tell its reader that what happens in the closets of the church.

Though through this book, I started to like Sister Jesme and her courage.

Shihab Perumpulliyil
its very tough for me to put my legs for a good experience.. being a muslim, i can't agree with her theological concepts.. her she herself writes she is honest, unbiased, purified.. she trys to reveals something within a bondery, this may he the main negetive or demerit.. overall it ws jst a below average autobiography
Jakob Christensen
Aug 12, 2013 Jakob Christensen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most boring books i have ever read. The topic is interesting, but she writes about the interesting parts in only a few lines and the boring mundane parts in excruciating details. And it's all written in bad English. She seems like a nice lady, but she should never be allowed to write a book ever again.
Dec 20, 2014 Neha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is just 'okay'..I felt the writing is unorganized.. And 'god talking to a person' is unacceptable for me(people may think in different ways.. But being an atheist, it is difficult for me to accept)...
Overall it is an average book.... But have 3 stars for author's boldness for writing this book!!
Jaimit Doshi
not so well written but makes up by effort. an insight into the innards of the church. stuff u probably suspected but never sure about. in insight why would i be surprised. these scandals break out every now and then about some religious order or the other.
You already know what is happening inside the monasteries, ashrams and other so called "religious" institutions.
So for an average Indian the book gives no shocks. You will definitely appreciate the sincerity of the author and any sensible person can understand that nothing in the book is made up.
Anil Swarup
May 23, 2012 Anil Swarup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is an amazing book with amazing revelations. Not many have the courage to take on the establishment and very few have the articulation to convey an experience as traumatic as the one described, so graphically
Laiju Lazar
Nov 29, 2012 Laiju Lazar rated it really liked it
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Shashwat Shriparv
May 28, 2015 Shashwat Shriparv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Simple autobiography
Nov 27, 2013 Neer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A rather courageous book about wrong-doings in a convent.

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Shiny Ajit
Aug 21, 2016 Shiny Ajit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 23, 2013 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good one.
Mar 20, 2013 Ajith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Outburst of a nun who was sentenced for life term imprisonment by religion.
a shocking revelation of nun.I appreciate the effort she had put to bring this product out despite threats from many corners.
Arun Mohanan
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