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Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns
     

Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns

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by Cheryl L. Reed
 

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Surprising. Provocative. Honest.

For Unveiled, reporter Cheryl Reed interviewed more than 300 nuns of diverse beliefs, lifestyles, and orders. She lived and prayed with them, witnessed their vows, mourned and celebrated with them, and asked questions no one had ever dared before: about love and sex, life and death, faith and joy, and loss and

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Surprising. Provocative. Honest.

For Unveiled, reporter Cheryl Reed interviewed more than 300 nuns of diverse beliefs, lifestyles, and orders. She lived and prayed with them, witnessed their vows, mourned and celebrated with them, and asked questions no one had ever dared before: about love and sex, life and death, faith and joy, and loss and regret. In the process, Reed would discover more about motherhood, relationships, faith, and feminism than she ever gleaned from the outside world.

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Journalist Reed (Chicago Sun-Times) undertook a four-year journey to visit as many religious houses, convents, hospitals, and schools as she could in order to immerse herself in the "nun world." Her quest-to discover why a woman would choose a peculiar lifestyle, community, and commitment that function against the prevailing culture-serves as the meat of this participant-observer account. Reed details dozens of interviews with sisters who run the gamut from cloistered, habited nuns to social-justice activists to pro-life clinic workers. Each short account provides small insights into the calling and rationale behind this seemingly countercultural movement. Reed provides the questions as well as the answers and analysis, which sometimes begs further exploration (for example, why are habited orders growing?). She also tends to valorize religious life without adequately critiquing its negative impacts on the family, society, or even the individuals themselves. The work is not a systematic, academic consideration of the issues but is shaped more by the author's journalistic curiosity than by anthropological research techniques. That said, it is a remarkably accessible, very readable account. Recommended for women's studies and popular religion collections everywhere.-Sandra Collins, Univ. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425195116
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/02/2004
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl L. Reed is a former editorial page editor, books editor, and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and was previously a staff writer at several other newspapers.

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Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Jairo Vedra More than 1 year ago
As a Catholic , this book provided an unexpected and fascinating view of a part of my church I rarely saw. I do wish the author had interviewed sisters from the missionaries of charity though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loyal_Servant More than 1 year ago
I love reading about religious life. Here is a whole book about nuns and their lives...current and informative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Cheryl Reed presents a very diverse picture of Catholic women religious in the United States. Provocative and insightful, she pushes the envelope on things like church politics and sexuality and tells it like she observed it. It is not a scholarly study, nor a sugar- coated advertisement, but an honest exploration of the question 'Are nuns relevant to today's world?'