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Unveiled by Cheryl L. Reed
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bookshelves: non-fiction, journalism, to-read

I wasn't raised Catholic, but I've always been fascinated by nuns. I can't imagine the strength of will and amount of faith it takes to give up everything (MEN!) for God.

Reed thinks of nuns as the first feminists. And she's right. In Medieval times, a woman had very few choices about the direction her life would take. She could be married off at the age of 13 to a man 20+ years older than her (no matter what her social class), she could become a maid and likely get raped on a regular basis (only if she was lower class), she could become a prostitute, or she could join a convent and get an education.

I have the utmost respect for nuns.

And I want to love this book. Really, I do. But so far, it's hard. Photos are inserted in the text like a bad scrapbook. And Reed hasn't yet delved into who these women really are and why they chose the religious life. I'm hoping she does. That's what I'm interested in - not whether they like their habits (in the section about community).
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