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The Buried Life: A Nun's Journey Hardcover – 1971


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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: World Publishing Company; 1st edition (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006CUILI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Judy Smith VINE VOICE on January 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Midge Turk (Formerly Sister Agnes Marie, I.H.M.)

Midge Turk, a typical California teenager in 1948, entered the Convent with more than the usual parcel of doubts. When the time came to take first vows she was not in the least certain God was calling her.

Here is the sensitive, personal story of Midge Turk's life as Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from the time she chooses to enter the silent, regimented life of the convent to the moment 18 years later when she makes the painful decision to leave. It is the story of a young Catholic nun, a 20th century woman striving to live according to the inflexible rules of formal religious life as laid down centuries ago, of how she and her community of uniqely aware Sisters, who were called "The Hollywood Nuns," struggled to work within the tradition of the Church.

Follow her as she tries to follow the letter and spirit of her religion; teaching, cooking, cleaning, taking courses, begging permission to stay awake extra hours to complete all the tasks allotted her. Her personal experiences...from her first days as a young teaching nun to her last years as a superior in Los Angeles' Mexican-American ghetto are touching, hilarious, painful.

This intimate biography of a young woman's search to find herself is set against the background of momentous events in the Roman Catholic Church that led 315 of the 400 Sisters of her community to abandon formal religious life and form a secular community.

After she left, she became an editor of a major New York woman's magazine.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By santera on May 26, 2011
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This is one of a series of 'tell all' books published by former Catholic sisters. There are fewer readers interested in this topic these days, but for anyone still interested, this is a good read, especially as it contains a story about how a priest, Cardinal MacIntyre of Los Angeles, managed to destroy one of the most vital congregations of sisters in the Catholic Church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Briney on July 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this book soon after it was published. I just met a Sister today who went to high school with the author and later taught with her. She mentioned Midge Turk died and I found her obit in the NY Times.

The book chronicles the difficult adjustments religious women tried to make in the 60's - moving forward a hundred years of lifestyle changes in a few short years. It is an honest portrayal of one woman's experience, although her former superior said tong- in- cheek "Well I don't know if she was buried - she did get to Europe twice!"
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