am 6. Januar 2000
Through a Narrow Gate is a testament to the personal struggle between feeling the faith and wanting to somehow live it, too. I am impressed with her ability to relive the experience while being fair to both sides and making their decisions and feelings make sense, even when they are directly opposing. The most remarkable thing is her feelings about the modern convents given her struggle and her respect for what was. Her respect is contagious - she gave it to me! She, and her experiences, seem to ratify my own even as mine pale against her story. I recommend it to anyone seriously trying to understand God in their own lives and in their own terms.
am 24. Februar 1998
Detailing step by step how she reached the decision to enter a convent, the process noviceship, postulantship, the trials and joys of being a nun, and her gradual realization that her spiritual quest lay outside the walls of the convent, Karen Armstrong's autobiography is rich with detail, honest, and reflective. She avoids painting the church and its adminstration as demons, yet vividly describes the search for the personal annihilation her superiors demanded of her with unabashed candor. A truly fascinating read; it is a tragedy that the sequel, _Beginning the World_, is out of print.
am 2. April 2000
Karen Armstrong writes of the tribulations she encountered while a nun in England in the 1960's. This book is not a hatchet-job or a racy "true confessions" kind of screed. It is instead a frank, informative, and searing narrative of how the author felt she could no longer continue her vocation in the regimented atmosphere of the convent. I almost felt as if I was reading Thomas Merton's "Seven Storey Mountain" with a "Rewind" button pushed. I highly recommend it.