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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully explains the attractions of a cloistered life, 17. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: In This House of Brede (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I'm not Catholic, and could never fathom why anyone (you'd have to be crazy!) would choose to join a monastary. This beautiful, memorable book explains the attractions --- and challenges --- of the cloistered life. If you've ever wondered what kind of woman would go behind a convent's wall and what kind of world she might find there, read In This House of Brede.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What you always wanted to know about Benedictines, 2. Mai 2003
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: In This House of Brede (Taschenbuch)
I just read all the reviews and there is not much that I could add. It is and has been one of my favorite books for a number of years. It has become a haven of peace and strength for me. To see the nuns in their struggles but also in their daily life in God's service is revealing and encouraging at the same time. This book shows so clearly that no matter where we go we take ourselves with us - and problems and weaknesses go with us and it sometime takes hard work to overcome them.

I can only highly recommend this book even, and may be especially to non Catholics.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Without question, my favorite book for 25+ years, 27. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: In This House of Brede (Gebundene Ausgabe)
There is not much I can add to what everyone else has said. I have read, and reread, this book more times than I can count. The best way to describe it is that I almost "crave" it. This book has been so important to me. If the author ever reads these reviews; please let me say, thank-you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Comfort For The Soul, 20. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: In This House of Brede (Gebundene Ausgabe)
My mother gave this book to me many years ago with the inscription " I have read this book many times, I hope it brings you the same comfort it brings me." It was the last book I read to her as she lay dying of cancer. I know that her soul like Dame Emilys flew free, back to the Creator from whence it came. This book is like the loving hug of my mama. I remember the first time I read it, wondering what was Dame Philippas' secret and the tears I cried when I found out. Over the years these characters and the Abbey itself have become a place I need to go to regularly to feel that comfort of soul. What a gifted writer Ms.Godden was! Now I scour booksales and fleamarkets looking for more Rumer Godden. I have given away two copies of Brede to dear friends,it is a reading experience meant to be shared and savoured over and over.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 25+ yrs ago I fell in love with this lovely book., 15. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: In This House of Brede (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Personally, as a Benedictine Associate, the "life" of any religious is enriched through the journeying towards God in a communal atmostphere.
Since this book was written prior to the Vatican II Reformation, it shows the unique structure of the abbey hierarchy and depth with which the heart yearns for closeness to God through the daily Divine Office of Prayer, hard work, communal friendships and the strict observance of the Grand Silence and its true purpose. This book unlike any other, gives readers that rare glimpse at how difficult cloistered religious life can be and the constant rigors, tests,and hardships that can exist as we see with the protagonist "Phillipa" . She entered the convent "late" in life after she converted to Catholicism, renounced her powerful career, peers, high-bred social standing out of her heart's desire for God.
Even after all these years, this book is a true find for anyone leaning towards religious life. At the center of the story, we see the on-going personal challenges and growth of the women of Brede Abbey who are on the "journey" in their relationship with God and one another.
Who could compare with the story's lady Abbess, the indefatigable Dame Hester Cunningham Proctor? Who could not feel compasion for the little elderly nun hugging the newest Abbess who was crying? Who wouldn't love to hear the bells chiming the time of day that calls one to God for prayer? Who hasn't suffered in the night with painful memories that tear at the heart over and over?
Who wouldn't rejoice when one's sister, daughter, neice or friend is called to the "life"? This "life" is not chosen , rather a person is chosen for the "life". There is a great difference.
Ms. Godden thoroughly studied the Benedictine Sisters in Brede Abbey in England, and was given permission to see the holiness of a community en mass, and yet to see the individual struggles which reveal how human we all are. Even today, in non-cloistered monasteries, no one in religious life is ever exempt from jealousies, back-biting, joy, suffering and humor while forging meaningful friendships that last a lifetime.
Whether you are just curious as to what goes on behind the monastery doors, or if you are being pulled in your heart towards religious life, much can be gained by reading of "Phillipa's" experiences, as she learns just how humanly flawed she is and with what grace God bestows upon her as she struggles along like the rest of us in the world.
Religious or not, the book has withstood the test of time and will long be remembered for its accuracy and delicacy in the individual life of a woman who chose to become a nun.
Let your heart listen to the book and its message.
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