Very good. A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged.
Good. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that'll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.
Very good. Appearance of only slight previous use. Cover and binding show a little wear. All pages are undamaged with potentially only a few, small markings. Help save a tree. Buy all your used books from Thriftbooks. Read. Recycle and Reuse.
This is contained perfection. The author takes up her story on the day of her entrance as a postulant into the Order Of The Sisters Of Charity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary in Minnesota. She and her two fellow initiates sit smoking their last cigarettes in the back of a Yellow Cab, looking towards the Motherhouse and knowing they would soon be swallowed up into a life of Godly service. At barely 19, the moment is palpable and loaded with bravado. Deborah smokes two cigarettes at once, demonstrating uncertainty within her outward motions of certainty.
The writing is full of poetry, i.e. the author giving us her story with a poet's clarity of metaphor and a 'rightness-of-saying'. We share her yearning to obey the Holy Rule, thereby attaining an extra dimension to that path to holiness. She misses having a cigarette and is always hungry, but goes willingly towards her goal, becoming a Sister after 6 months, and then renewing her vows the next year. As Sister Mary Deborah, she is given the opportunity to study at a Catholic College, living on campus, surely circumnavigating a secular male teacher's 'crush', and being among women who are not nuns and therefore have different goals.
Before she makes her Final Vows, the doubts about her vocation begin to surface, and it is here she gives a really comprehensive account of a mind in indecision. The tulip signifies God in nature and everything. The tulip just is, and has to do nothing to retain its 'is-ness-. The Pope, of course, is the Church where God is to be sought through the path to perfection. Two opposite philosophies, neither wrong, but simply a choice of path.
Deborah Larsen is a brilliant writer, a philosopher, who plants her reader in an environment of beauty and sincerity. For those readers who are Catholics, her story will be a renewed delight in The Faith. For others, it will be an imaginative journey into the inner self.
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