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The spiral staircase : my climb out of darkness

Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Armstrong begins the story of her spiritual journey with her departure in 1969 from the Roman Catholic convent she had entered seven years before--hoping, but ultimately failing, to find God. She knew almost nothing of the changed world to which she was returning, and she was tormented by panic attacks and inexplicable seizures. Armstrong's struggle against despair was further fueled by a string of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Armstrong, Karen, 1944-
Spiral staircase.
New York ; Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
(OCoLC)603910925
Online version:
Armstrong, Karen, 1944-
Spiral staircase.
New York ; Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
(OCoLC)609406616
Named Person: Karen Armstrong; Karen Armstrong; Karen Armstrong; Karen Armstrong
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Armstrong
ISBN: 0375413189 9780375413186 0676974678 9780676974676
OCLC Number: 52091109
Description: xxii, 305 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Ash Wednesday --
Devil of the stairs --
I renounce the blessèd face --
Consequently I rejoice --
Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope --
Usual reign --
Infirm glory --
To turn again.
Responsibility: Karen Armstrong.

Abstract:

Armstrong begins the story of her spiritual journey with her departure in 1969 from the Roman Catholic convent she had entered seven years before--hoping, but ultimately failing, to find God. She knew almost nothing of the changed world to which she was returning, and she was tormented by panic attacks and inexplicable seizures. Armstrong's struggle against despair was further fueled by a string of discouragements--failed spirituality, doctorate, and jobs; fruitless dealings with psychiatrists. Finally, in 1976, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and given treatment. She then began the writing career that would become her true calling, and as she focused on the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, her own inner story began to emerge. Without realizing it, she was on a spiritual quest, and through it she would eventually experience transcendence--the profound fulfillment that she had not found in long hours of prayer as a young nun.--From publisher description.
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