Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life
A gifted writer's inquiry into one of the most profound yet least discussed issues of contemporary American life: the individual's search for faith. It tells of Hampl's quest to escape the indelible brand of a Catholic upbringing, following her to the "old world" of Catholocism in Spain and France, where she meets other pilgrims, back home again, and finally to a monastery in northern California, where she is able to settle into the real goal of her search: the silence of prayer.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing
One woman's search for spirituality through her Roman Catholic past and a variety of Franciscan experiences. The end is stronger than the beginning, maybe because she at least comes closer to understanding what she is looking for as the book goes on. Read full review
VIRGIN TIMEUser Review - Kirkus
Hampl, a poet, professor (English/Univ. of Minnesota), and MacArthur Fellow, peers into her soul and finds the Church. A rambling, radiant travelogue-cum-memoir, a sequel of sorts to the author's ... Read full review