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Number of Pages: 196
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2011
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Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My NeighborJana RiessParaclete Press / 2011 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:3 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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If you have not read Heather King before, her honesty may shock you. In this remarkable memoir, you will see how a convert with a checkered past spends a year reflecting upon St. Thérèse of Lisieuxand discovers the radical faith, true love, and abundant life of a cloistered 19th-century French nun.
Heather King is an ex-lawyer, sober alcoholic, contemplative, and Catholic convert who lives in the thick of Los Angeles. Her numerous other memoirs include Parched; Redeemed; Poor Baby; Stumble; Stripped, and Loaded. She speaks nationwide, appears monthly for Magnificat, and writes a weekly column on arts and culture for The Tidings, the archdiocesan newspaper of L.A. For info and her blog, visitHeather King: Mystery, Smarts, Laughs [heather-king.com].
Refreshingly and brutally honest, the author describes a spiritual path full of poverty, loneliness, and suffering as she struggles to come to terms with her divorce, the death of loved ones, and unrequited love. She reminds the reader that "the scandal of Christ is that to have a relationship with him means to share in his suffering," and that to live a life of radical social consciousness in the 21st century is often an alienating endeavor. King offers a genuinely moving account of her quest to follow Therese's little way, become a "victim of love" and, indeed, to redefine what love means in the modern world. Recommended for anyone who is experiencing a "dark night of the soul" or interested in contemporary spirituality."Publishers Weekly, October 2011
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"What do Heather King and St. Thérèse de Lisieux have in common? Their lives of faith have been propelled by a revolutionary refusal to reduce their desire for happiness. Read this book and you will want to join them in their defense of the desires that make us human."
Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, theologian, physicist, and author of God at the Ritz
"Shirt of Flame is a profound meditation on the spiritual depths that can be ours if we are not afraid to start with ourselves, with our seemingly little lives, little concerns, and limitless longings." James Stephen Behrens, ocso, Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia)