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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.

After leaving her religious order in 1969, Karen Armstrong took a degree at Oxford University and taught modern literature. She is also the author of the bestselling A History of God. Her other books include Beginning of the World, The Gospel According to Woman, Buddha, Holy War, and Mohammed.
Now featuring a new introduction by the author, Through the Narrow Gate is an articulate, highly compelling autobiography concerning life inside a Catholic convent. A leading religious scholar, author, and commentator (who eventually left her religious order in 1969), Armstrong takes readers on a candid if not revelatory adventure that begins with her decision, at age 17, to become a nun and devote herself to God. What she discovers over the course of her religious training—and Mary McCarthy once called this work "the most full and honest book that I've read on this subject"—gives readers a fascinating view into a shrouded religious life.

This classic autobiography, moreover, is a detailed meditation on spiritual coming of age—and on the nature and character of faith itself. As Armstrong writes in her new introduction: "Writing Through the Narrow Gate started something that I did not expect. Almost by accident, I did become a writer, began to explore the history of the great world religions, and to investigate the notions of God and the sacred. I have told the story of this post-convent quest in The Spiral Staircase. But the search began here, in this first memoir."

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

"An emotive, spiritually intimate, and often quite moving memoir . . . Written with affection, some humor, and a bittersweet regret."—Kirkus Reviews

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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.

About 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312340957
Author:
Armstrong, Karen
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ex-nuns
Subject:
Armstrong, Karen
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Edition Description:
Revised and Updated
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 in

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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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