Monday, January 30, 2017

My Sisters the Saints

This is a Spiritual memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell, and it is fantastic! The best way to describe it is the blurb from the back of the book. "... Campbell tells the story of her fifteen -year quest to understand the meaning of her life and identity in light of her Christian faith and contemporary feminism.... Along the way, she wrestles with the quintessential dilemmas of her generation: confusion over the sexual chaos of the hookup culture, tension between her dueling desires for professional success and committed love, ambivalence about marriage and motherhood, and anguish at her father's descent into dementia and her own infertility.

Dissatisfied with pat answers from both secular feminists and their critics, she finds grace and inspiration from an unexpected source, spiritual friendship with six female saints: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. Their lives and writings speak to her deepest longings, guide her through her most wrenching decisions, and lead her to rethink nearly everything she thought she knew about what it means to be a liberated woman."

There were so many ways I could identify with Campbell! Her book was incredibly helpful to me. I read it as a book club entry and would really love to discuss it. I have another meeting that night as well that I must attend and will get a half hour at book club. Boo- hoo! I look forward to investigation of St. Edith Stein especially in my future. There are entire pages highlighted in that chapter. A memoir highly recommended.

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