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The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness (Abridged)

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Karen Armstrong begins this spellbinding story of her spiritual journey with her departure in 1969 from the Roman Catholic convent she had entered seven years before — hoping, but ultimately failing, to find God. She knew almost nothing of the changed world to which she was returning, and she was tormented by panic attacks and inexplicable seizures.

Armstrong's struggle against despair was further fueled by a string of discouragements — failed spirituality, doctorate, and jobs; fruitless dealings with psychiatrists. Finally, in 1976, she was diagnosed with epilepsy, given proper treatment, and released from her "private hell." She then began the writing career that would become her true calling, and as she focused on the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, her own inner story began to emerge. Without realizing it, she had embarked on a spiritual quest, and through it she would eventually experience moments of transcendence — the profound fulfillment that she had not found in long hours of prayer as a young nun.

Powerfully engaging, often heartbreaking, but lit with bursts of humor, The Spiral Staircase is an extraordinary history of self.

Synopsis:

The spellbinding story of her own search for God by the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling "A History of God, The Battle for God, Islam," and "Buddha." Abridged. 5 CDs.

About the Author

Karen Armstrong, author, scholar, and journalist, is among the world's foremost commentators on religious history and culture. Her books include the bestselling A History of God and The Battle for God, as well as Buddha and Islam: A Short History.

Karen Armstrong, author, scholar, and journalist, is among the world's foremost commentators on religious history and culture. Her books include the bestselling A History of God and The Battle for God, as well as Buddha and Islam: A Short History.

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ISBN:
9780060594381
performance Read:
Armstrong, Karen
Publisher:
HarperAudio
Read by:
Armstrong, Karen
Read:
Armstrong, Karen
Author:
Armstrong, Karen
Author:
Armstrong Karen
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Spirituality - Women's
Subject:
Ex-nuns
Subject:
Armstrong, Karen
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Abridged.
Edition Description:
Audio
Abridged:
Y
Series Volume:
GTR-596
Publication Date:
20040302
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
9.70x7.10x.82 in. .43 lbs.
Media Run Time:
360

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