The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness (Google eBook)
In 1962, at age seventeen, Karen Armstrong entered a convent, eager to meet God. After seven brutally unhappy years as a nun, she left her order to pursue English literature at Oxford. But convent life had profoundly altered her, and coping with the outside world and her expiring faith proved to be excruciating. Her deep solitude and a terrifying illness–diagnosed only years later as epilepsy–marked her forever as an outsider. In her own mind she was a complete failure: as a nun, as an academic, and as a normal woman capable of intimacy. Her future seemed very much in question until she stumbled into comparative theology. What she found, in learning, thinking, and writing about other religions, was the ecstasy and transcendence she had never felt as a nun. Gripping, revelatory, and inspirational, The Spiral Staircase is an extraordinary account of an astonishing spiritual journey.
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Review: The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of DarknessUser Review - Tania HH - Goodreads
Disclaimer: I won this in a First Reads contest. I enjoyed this book, but found it difficult to compartmentalize. It's not really a spiritual memoir, in the sense that I didn't get much spiritually ... Read full review
Review: The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of DarknessUser Review - Nancy - Goodreads
There's a lot of depth in the last 20 pages. Well worth your time to read. Read full review
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