Spiral Staircase My Climb Out of Darkness

ISBN-10: 0385721277
ISBN-13: 9780385721271
Edition: 2004
Authors: Karen Armstrong
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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. Gripping, revelatory, and inspirational, The Spiral Staircase is an extraordinary account of an astonishing spiritual journey.

Karen Armstrong is one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs in both Britain and the United States. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun and received a degree at Oxford University.

Preface
T. S. Eliot, Ash-Wednesday, I
Ash Wednesday
The Devil of the Stairs
I Renounce the Blessed Face
Consequently I Rejoice
Desiring This Man's Gift and That Man's Scope
The Usual Reign
Infirm Glory
To Turn Again

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