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Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong
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Nov 24, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography-autobiography-memoirs, religion-and-spirituality
Recommended to Kathleen by: Jan, Jocelyn

What an amazing book - I couldn't put it down. My knowledge of Karen Armstrong up till now had simply been that she had been a nun but that she left that and became a superb author. I've read a number of her books and found them excellent; I also saw clips of her speaking about Compassion, and know of course about the Charter for Compassion. Reading this account of her time as a nun, while not necessary for appreciation of any of her work, has enfleshed it for me.

I have also read bits about the expectations of people in various religious orders, so I wasn't shocked by what Armstrong describes, but she puts it so well that it becomes "real". And the way she talks about her spiritual struggle and growing awareness is terrific. What a journey!

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