The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

Armstrong, Karen

| 2004

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The New York Times bestselling author of A History of God delivers the gripping, inspirational story about her own search for God. "A story about becoming human, being recognized, finally recognizing oneself.... It fills the reader with hope." --The Washington Post Book World 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...

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