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An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir Hardcover – September 13, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews

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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

Review

“A candid, generous, and profound spiritual memoir that deserves a great deal of thoughtful discussion.”—Anne Rice
 
“A wonderful achievement . . . Johnson opens the window on a horizon of spiritual questions [and] takes an unflinching look inside her own heart.”—The Christian Science Monitor
 
“An incredible coming-of-age story . . . [It] has everything a memoir needs: an inside look at a way of life that most of us will never see, a physical and emotional journey, and suspense.”—Slate
 
“Reads like a novel . . . an exacting account of a woman growing into her own soul.”—More magazine
 
“Engaging, heartfelt and entertaining . . . [Johnson] articulates her struggles with her God in words that will hit home.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“An inspiration that transcends any particular religious belief . . . An Unquenchable Thirst is a journey that captivates, but its resonance lies in the life examined.”—The Denver Post

“Readers . . . will find themselves transported into another world by this powerful, revealing memoir. An aspirant to the Missionaries of Charity at age nineteen, the author spent twenty years living a life both extraordinarily simple and heart-wrenchingly complex. Johnson skillfully demonstrates this juxtaposition through her writing—mundane events, such as gathering eggs or learning to play the piano, often have tragic or miraculous implications. . . . [Johnson’s] memoir is exceptional.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Johnson brings readers close to her story, showing her triumphs and temptations, limning characters as compelling as those in any novel. . . . Her mesmerizing account of trying to orbit the sun that was Mother Teresa vividly captures a life in turmoil.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“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