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ISBN-10: 0385721277
ISBN-13: 9780385721271
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publish Date: 02/22/2005
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.20" W, 0.80" H

The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

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Overview

Gripping, revelatory, and inspirational, The Spiral Staircase is an extraordinary account of an astonishing spiritual journey. In 1962, at age seventeen, Karen Armstrong entered a convent, eager to meet God. After seven brutally unhappy years as a nun, she left her order to pursue English literature at Oxford. But convent life had profoundly altered her, and coping with the outside world and her expiring faith proved to be excruciating. Her deep solitude and a terrifying illness-diagnosed only years later as epilepsy–marked her forever as an outsider. In her own mind she was a complete failure: as a nun, as an academic, and as a normal woman capable of intimacy. Her future seemed very much in question until she stumbled into comparative theology. What she found, in learning, thinking, and writing about other religions, was the ecstasy and transcendence she had never felt as a nun.

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"Enjoyable and deeply interesting. . . . Very rewarding." -San Francisco Chronicle

"A story about becoming human, being recognized, finally recognizing oneself. . . . It fills the reader with hope." -The Washington Post Book World

"Riveting. . . . It's a pleasure to read simply because it's honest and hopeful. . . . Armstrong is such an evocative writer." -Newsday

"I loved this powerful and moving account, and read it nonstop." -Elaine Pagels, author of Beyond Belief

"In . . . Armstrong's memoir there lurks wisdom about the making and remaking of a life . . . from which all of us could learn." -The New York Times Book Review

"A powerful memoir. . . . Buoyed by keen intelligence and unflinching self-awareness and honesty. . . . Armstrong is an engaging, energetic writer." -The Christian Science Monitor

"Candid and compelling, and the sentences are flawless." -The Dallas Morning News

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Details

ISBN-10: 0385721277
ISBN-13: 9780385721271
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publish Date: 02/22/2005
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.20" W, 0.80" H
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