Sister Dang Nghiem's story is one I would not expect to be written by a nun. That it came from the same community I practice with and that I know her personally was an added joy. The story itself builds from the foundation of her early childhood experiences with sexual abuse and war in Vietnam, family dysfunction, and later experiences with a partner when she moved to the US. Somewhat disjointed character development and story plot made it difficult to follow at the start. The latter half was written with greater bravado, and focused on her work as a doctor into her move to ordain as a nun. To see a monastic practitioner write about their challenges with the practice inside the monastery, and how they overcome them, aroused a confidence for my own chosen path within the tradition. It made a nun, who I look up to, into a human being--her guidance as a teacher all the more accessible to ordinary people like myself. Extraordinary about Healing that some may overlook, is its portrayal of Vietnamese-American life. It is a story of social-cultural and historical importance. Born to an American soldier and a Vietnamese-born mom, Sister Dang's story is a record of life in our current times. It is a cultural coming of age story that proves quintessential in the presence of Dharma in the West, and in healing the wounds of war within our country and abroad.