Through the Narrow Gate: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery

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Through the Narrow Gate is Karen Armstrong's intimate memoir of life inside a Catholic convent. With refreshing honesty and clarity, the book takes readers on a revelatory adventure that begins with Armstrong's decision in the course of her spiritual training offers a fascinating view into a shrouded religious life, and a vivid, moving account of the spiritual coming age of one of our most loved and respected interpreters of religious.

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Overview

Through the Narrow Gate is Karen Armstrong's intimate memoir of life inside a Catholic convent. With refreshing honesty and clarity, the book takes readers on a revelatory adventure that begins with Armstrong's decision in the course of her spiritual training offers a fascinating view into a shrouded religious life, and a vivid, moving account of the spiritual coming age of one of our most loved and respected interpreters of religious.

From the acclaimed author of A History of God comes a brilliant, unforgettable account of the formative, rigorous, often heart-rending spiritual journey that changed her life--seven years spent as a postulant and nun in a Roman Catholic convent. "Written with affection, some humor, and a bittersweet regret."--Kirkus Reviews. Photos.

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"An emotive, spiritually intimate, and often quite moving memoir...written with affection, some humor, and bittersweet regret."

- Kirkus Reviews

"A scrupulous record of one woman's spiritual journey, excellently written and profoundly moving."

- Cosmopolitan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312340957
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2005
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 482,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

After leaving her religious order in 1969, Karen Armstrong took a degree at Oxford University and taught modern literature. She has since become one of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs and wrote bestseller A History of God. She has been successful as an author with other titles such as The Battle for God, The Case for God and Twelve Steps to a Compassionate LifeArmstrong is a teacher at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and the Training of Rabbis and Teachers, and an honorary members of the Association of Muslim Social Sciences, she lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Very Moved

    Karen Armstrong's book assisted me in journeying through my leaving of religious life. She clearly and prolifically examines each period of her experience thus putting into words what I was feeling. It's funny but a part of this book made me miss the religious life and another part affirms that I am where I am supposed to be. I will always be a brother - only now a brother in the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2004

    I wasn't alone

    As a former nun and contemporary of Karen Armstrong , I appreciated the shared experiences of someone who knew what it was like to experience religious formation in the 60's.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    A Wonderful Retelling of a Very Difficult Period of her life

    As a former nun, I laughed, I cried, became angry and finally felt my own experience had been validated!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2003

    Well written

    This is a timely and well written story of the lives of nuns.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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