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The Spiral Staircase free pdf 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.

About Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs, including A History of God," "The Battle for God," "Through the Narrow Gate," " Holy War," " Islam," " and Buddha. Her work has been translated into forty languages. She is also the author of three television documentaries and took part in Bill Moyers s television series "Genesis." Since September 11, 2001, she has been a frequent contributor to conferences, panels, newspapers, periodicals, and throughout the media on both sides of the Atlantic on the subject of Islam. She lives in London."

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Author : Karen Armstrong
Publisher : Anchor Books
Data Published : 01 January 2009
ISBN : 0385721277
EAN : 9780385721271
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 305 pages
Age + : 10-14 years
Language : English
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