- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Hodos Books (March 19, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1948793008
- ISBN-13: 978-1948793001
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prayer Wasn't Enough: A Convent Memoir Paperback – March 19, 2018
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Several questions naturally arose as I began reading: Why would a modern-era, college-educated woman choose life as a nun? What is life as a nun really like? And why, after initially being so certain of her calling to this path, did she ultimately choose to leave it?
These questions are answered through an artfully-woven series of vignettes that take us behind the scenes in the convent and at the mission schools where Ready taught, or that offer insight into a dysfunctional childhood that played a greater role in her life choices than she at first understood. The answers are revealed gradually, creating a degree of mystery and suspense that surprised me – I was amazed at how invested I was in the story of a nun’s life!
Despite its particularly rare set of circumstances, Ready’s story reflects universal aspects of every life, in which choices and mistakes are made; in which we try and sometimes succeed and often fail. By sharing her unique story, Ready connects to us all and shows us that it is exactly this imperfect journey that allows us to grow and learn, until eventually we come to know and accept who we really are and what it really means to be human.
Dee shows to me in this book how lovely the life can be, and she obviously had a strong calling to prayer and meditation. She draws the world clearly, and how her decision to leave the convent came about. She gave it everything she had at her disposal and, as the title says, prayer wasn't enough. She is unflinching in revealing her difficulties. I myself think that her distressed mental state that led her to leave the convent is extremely well drawn. Until the end of the book, I thought she would return to the convent.
I wish the author would consider a sequel to this memoir, to find out how she has spent the remainder of her years, and whether in looking back she feels the convent continues to define her in some intangible way. She is a gifted writer and I'll read everything she decides to share with the world. I am very glad I read it and will read it again.
I truly hope this is the first of several volumes of memoir from this author. I will buy and enjoy as many as she writes.