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An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir by [Johnson, Mary]
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A Look Inside Unquenchable Thirst

A note from Mother Teresa to the author

The author and her sisters listening to Mother Teresa after Profession

The author with her family and Mother Teresa after professing her vows

Theauthor with the first group of novices on their profession day

Washing clothes by hand


"Beautifully crafted memoir of one woman's experience in Mother Teresa's order, the Missionaries of Charity . . .Johnson' portrayal of her time as a nun is likely to be controversial; her memoir is exceptional." Kirkus Review (Named a Kirkus' Best of 2011 for nonfiction.)

"Mary Johnson's An Unquenchable Thirst is engaging, heartfelt and entertaining. She ably communicates why she found religious life appealing and allows readers to understand, bit by bit, how she became disenchanted, needy and sad. She articulates her struggles with her God in words that will hit home with all people of religious faiths." -- Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times

"Johnson's prose is both conversational and humble." -- Robin Vidimos, Denver Post

"A wonderful achievement." -- Christian Science Monitor

"Eloquent and moving . . . an extraordinary testament to the enduring power of love--beyond faith and dogma. It reminds us of why we are here: to love and live fully, to be curious about all things, and to live a compassionate--and passionate--authentic life." -- Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace
"A heartfelt, personal story of the gradual awakening of a person who comes to see that preferring the human to the perfect does not alienate her from authentic spirituality but allows her to live more fully." -- Kathleen Norris, author of The Cloister Walk
"Opening up the soul's deep core on the page is always an act of bravery. Mary Johnson is bravery writ large. She writes expertly about the myths and misperceptions of women's religious vocations and the sacred validity of human intimacy." -- Breena Clarke, author of Stand the Storm