Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows Hardcover – May 7, 2013
There is a newer edition of this item:
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"What a joy to be in the company of Mother Dolores Hart. She is a compassionate narrator, from her childhood days, darkened by parental alcoholism, to her Hollywood career and her calling as a Catholic nun. Mother Dolores talks candidly about the difficulty of becoming a cloistered, Benedictine nun. The struggle with years of discipline and the rigorous farm work at the Abbey of Regina Laudis. We learn there was something in her deepest heart she sought." -- --Pia Lindstrom, television journalist, daughter of Ingrid Bergman
"The Ear of the Heart is a story of courage, sacrifice, dedication, and fulfillment. With grace and good humor in a voice as clear as the mountain spring, Mother Dolores Hart illuminates her lifelong quest for a state of tranquility and the joy of living in the presence of God.The book will lift your heart and mind in admiration. A call to a religious life is filled with mystery and wonder and at long last understanding and acceptance. Mother Dolores Hart shows us with her energy, word, and deed that her journey has led her to a live she could not have lived any other way. The truths she has found for herself resonate like the bells of the morning." -- --James Drury,The Virginian
"A beautiful movie star gives up a successful Hollywood career to enter a traditional cloistered monastery. Can't happen? It did. In this heartfelt and moving memoir, Mother Dolores Hart explains how by listening with the 'ear of the heart' she heard God's call and dared to respond. Her journey powerfully demonstrates that we must be willing to lose our lives and forfeit our plans to discover our true purpose. The fascinating story of Dolores Hart also teaches us to be seek God regardless of where we are-in a summer storm, in prayer, or even in front of a camera." -- --Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Bestselling Author, Host of The World Over Live and EWTN News Director
About the Author
For many years Richard DeNeut was a publicist for the Hollywood firm Globe Photos. He co-authored actress Patricia Neal's autobiography As I Am (Simon and Schuster, 1988) and wrote the text for Inside Hollywood: 60 Years of Globe Photos (Konemann, 2001).
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Reverend Mother Dolores, along with longtime friend Richard DeNeut, details her decision that was anything but overnight, and draws us into her search, meeting some truly marvelous people along the way. Her struggles with life as a young actrress and later, her life as a young novice are poured out for us as she bares her soul for all to see. She talks of the tears she shed at night wondering if she did indeed make the right decision to enter the religious life, or if she made a terrible mistake, and how, after many years, realized that she's in the right place.
After 39 years of correspondence with this special lady, I was anxious to find the answers to questions I never asked her in my many letters to her. My letters were written to a young nun who was a former actress, and I dwelt on her current career, not the one from which she retreated, although I wanted to know, "What was it like working with this person or that person?" Nor have I ever once, in all those years, sent her an item to sign, although I had several as I began collecting memorabilia from her movie career in the mid 1970's. I was rewarded with that discretion by having my name published in the Acknowledgments section of her book, MUCH to my surprise! I am now forever linked with a friend I have never met face to face but have shared most of my life with, bonded by that priceless gift of prayer. I have purchased the hard copy of this book, I have it on my Kindle, and I've purchased additional copies and Kindle versions for friends and family members.
I am forever thankful for Reverend Mother Dolores' decision to take us on her incredible journey with this well-written book. I encourage anyone to read it. You, too, will meet a friend for life.
The author writes with enthusiasm, honesty, and courage, finding humor in very difficult situations. Her rise to movie star was nothing short of meteoric and she knew and liked every big name in Hollywood. A convert to Catholicism, she always felt drawn to the spiritual life and discovered peace and fulfillment at the Abbey in Connecticut. She has been a Benedictine nun for over fifty years.
The second half of the book was not as easy for me to read, as it deals with the history and growth of her monastery. She goes into detail describing many of her colleagues and it was often boring. In this section, however, she discussed the devastating illness that laid her low for years and that was very interesting.
Fans who remember this beautiful actress from movies such as, "Where the Boys Are," will be fascinated with her show biz recollections and those with an interest in the religious life will learn a lot. With many photos. Recommended.