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Hope Endures: Leaving Mother Teresa, Losing Faith, and Searching for Meaning Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 2, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416593616
  • ASIN: B003A02TME
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hope Endures is one of the most fascinating accounts of the spiritual journey I have ever read. It emphasizes the importance of a direct, unmediated approach to the Source, the Absolute, God, however named. The Christian version of Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, this book is an affirmation for those to whom blind obedience and submission to established creeds do not ring true, and who hunger for something more authentic than dogma. This ringing endorsement of spiritual freedom is more important than ever, in view of the threat posed by religious fundamentalism around the world." -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Reinventing Medicine

"Hope Endures is compelling. Livermore perfectly captures our yearning to want life to fit our spiritual ideals, only to learn it never will. But we cannot help but continue to walk the path. This book is superb." -- Caroline Myss, author of Entering the Castle, Invisible Acts of Power, and Anatomy of the Spirit

"This penetrating book unveils the blindness that lurks in many spiritual organizations and traditions, and confronts an issue that still corrupts contemporary religious organizations -- naïve belief used to justify ignorance, obedience, and neglect rather than to galvanize social change, improve lives, and foster spiritual connections. As her compelling story unfolds, Ms. Livermore slowly realizes that she and her fellow nuns are being taught to 'spiritualize' their own emotional abuse, and she can no longer submit to it. Like all good stories, this one involves a strong, public personality -- Mother Teresa -- and the clash between extremes of innocence and authority. Reading this clear-eyed book is a good first step toward dealing with the shadow side of spirituality and to opening a door to a brighter, more mature way of being in the world." -- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Hope Endures is one of the most fascinating accounts of the spiritual journey I have ever read. It emphasizes the importance of a direct, unmediated approach to the Source, the Absolute, God, however named. The Christian version of Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, this book is an affirmation for those to whom blind obedience and submission to established creeds do not ring true, and who hunger for something more authentic than dogma. This ringing endorsement of spiritual freedom is more important than ever, in view of the threat posed by religious fundamentalism around the world." -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Reinventing Medicine

"Hope Endures is compelling. Livermore perfectly captures our yearning to want life to fit our spiritual ideals, only to learn it never will. But we cannot help but continue to walk the path. This book is superb." -- Caroline Myss, author of Entering the Castle, Invisible Acts of Power, and Anatomy of the Spirit

"This penetrating book unveils the blindness that lurks in many spiritual organizations and traditions, and confronts an issue that still corrupts contemporary religious organizations -- naïve belief used to justify ignorance, obedience, and neglect rather than to galvanize social change, improve lives, and foster spiritual connections. As her compelling story unfolds, Ms. Livermore slowly realizes that she and her fellow nuns are being taught to 'spiritualize' their own emotional abuse, and she can no longer submit to it. Like all good stories, this one involves a strong, public personality -- Mother Teresa -- and the clash between extremes of innocence and authority. Reading this clear-eyed book is a good first step toward dealing with the shadow side of spirituality and to opening a door to a brighter, more mature way of being in the world." -- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P. Hull on January 16, 2009
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HOPE ENDURES is a long awaited book which explicates in some ways what it is like to be a Missionary of Charity. The very reflective work goes beyond the usual spin regarding Mother Teresa and her community of sisters, and presents an experience that one woman had as a vowed member. I am bold enough to suggest that many similar articles and books will be forthcoming because the human community, especially those who share the Christian faith, are passionately interested not only with the ideas presented to us in a myriad volumes about the saint of Calcutta, but also in the intrinsic challenges in donning the Christ-life within that structure and paradigm.

The reader will feel as if she or he is having dinner with the author, Colette Livermore. While Dr. Livermore shares difficulties with the lived experience of the charism and rule of the congregation, she does not attack. With the reader she reflects on her own experience, proffers some insights about structures, and leads to further exploration of what it means to be on a journey to find the Truth which has been promised to set us free.

In many ways the book tells a love story. It reveals an idealistic young woman who is seduced, as it were, by the holiness and goodness of Mother Teresa, and her overwhelming service to the poorest of the poor. Livermore is affable in her telling stories of the other sisters, women on the same journey as she. Her actual love is even more pronounced in her speaking of those served by herself and the community.In ways that are most helpful (to we who struggle to serve Christ in distressful disguise in our own communities) she is not timid about sharing the flaws in the system.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2011
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Those who wrote poor reviews and were angry with the authors telling of her story probably did not actually read the book. This is her story. All she can do is tell her own honest truth. I don't think anyone can be condemned for that. She does not make it a rant against the church or against Mother Teresa. She simply states her experience and what she disagreed with. I think she is courageous to tell this story and voice her opinion. I found it thought provoking. As one who is in the church (tho not Catholic) and works with the outcasts in our society I often struggle with some of the same issues. The author is not a professional writer. the writing is amatuer and I found myself wishing it were better written as she glossed over some stories that could have been well told. I would recommend this book to others who want to think about these issues and have more than one side to the story.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rice on January 23, 2012
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I find this a very compelling book. From the beginning Colette Livermore's tone is humble, charitable and honest. She gives us an invaluable story here, and she writes beautifully. I hope we get more books like this from members of Sister Teresa's order. And well written stories of the personal spiritual quest, whether from nuns or lay persons, Protestants or Catholics, atheists or agnostics, often teach us a great deal. This book is about some extremely large and crucial questions. Those questions have to do with Christianity, what it is, what it attempts, and what it achieves in the world today. I like the simplicity of the writing here, the clarity, and the sincerity. --- I was very moved by Ms. Livermore's conclusions. I recommend the book. It's quite an achievement.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Groves on December 9, 2009
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This book reminded me a great deal of Karen Armstrong's experiences as described in her autobiographical work, "The Spiral Staircase". I had a similar experience after leaving a religious denomination after almost two decades and instantly finding myself cut off from almost all of the relationships my family and I had built there. As many others have, I've found that religion isn't so much about the "dos" and "don'ts", but about my choice to do good and focus my energies on fulfilling my purpose in life in the most meaningful ways.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Stjames on June 2, 2010
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There are very few books about Mother Teresa's order so I was interested in this one. I've always wondered what it was like to be a Missionary of Charity. The author stayed long enough to find out. She didn't seem to have any bitterness about her years there and it seemed to be mostly a positive experience for her, certainly one few people have had. I am not sure if the frustrations the author experienced would likewise have been part of religious life in any convent. People are people wherever you go.

I found it respectful for the most part. She disagreed with Mother Teresa on some issues but I thought generally, it was a favorable view of Mother Teresa, who was certainly not perfect. Probably some of the problems were due more to the living conditions in the countries she lived rather than anything specific to the Missionaries of Charity. And also the cultures the other nuns came from. The Order should be the envy of the United Nations. There is a very strong caste system in India which undoubtedly penetrates the thinking of the nuns who enter from there. I was a little astonished to read that the Indian nuns were hitting the poor people sometimes but again, that could just be a cultural thing. A lot goes on India that would not be tolerated in Australia or the United States.

Glad I bought it. Glad I read it. Passed it on. If you want a spiritual book singing Mother Teresa's praises, this probably isn't the book for you. If you want to know what goes on in Mother Teresa's convents, this is well worth reading. I am even more in awe of the work these women do than before I read the book.
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