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A Change of Habit Paperback – December 12, 2011
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By Patty Ptak Kogutek
A Change of Habit is a fast paced easy read. The author painstakingly takes the reader through her spiritual journey to find God and happiness.
Her descriptive writing drew me in immediately to experience her world, her life. One does not have to be Catholic to appreciate this book. In many instances, I identified with the author and her experiences.
The reader first meets Patty as a high school senior who has made the life altering decision to enter the convent in order to serve God. Through her, one experiences the shock of one minute living the life of a carefree teenager and next minute living a rigid religious life. I felt her stomach churning anguish each time she struggled to choose between listening to the voice within or continue the path of pleasing others.
Her journey is filled with life lessons that she cleverly calls secrets. These secrets, spaced throughout the book, are meant to provoke thought and inspire rather than lecture. This book is beautifully written with love and optimism. There are some lighthearted even funny moments, but keep a hankie close.
I loved this book and have gifted a copy and may gift more. Thank you Sister Mary Vodka for sharing your journey. On the road, I am on the look out for "SMV" to give a honk.
Everyone of us has a story to share. We learn not only about others, but also about ourselves when we listen to each other's stories. The book is compelling and a "must read." I bought several and gave them to friends. They make great hostess gifts!
Kathryn Carole Ellison, poet
My protestant husband read the book giving it high ratings. No matter your religious preference this is a book, that while retelling one woman's story, in many ways describes religious life prior to Vatican II.
Thanks to Patty for having the courage to wade back into painful memories to write her book.
Absolutely Perfect. Easy read, interesting, a good mix of emotions from beginning to end, honest, intense, fresh and meaningful and informative for today's person. Now, I am going to have a Vodka and continue on my Change of Habit!
Thank you for sharing your story with all of us.
It gives such a visual of what it was like to become a nun and how baren and controlling the life was.
It seemed the thought system then was so isolating and fear based it could easily hold people captive indefinitely.
This book gave me insite into the mind control involved with so much fear to hold people in the grips of such constrictive life style.
I give kudos to the writer, for rising up and overcoming such fear to become free to live her life to the fullest.