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Together and Apart: A Memoir of the Religious Life [Paperback]

By Ellen Stephen (Author)
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In an easy, conversational style, the author, a nun for over 40 years, gives readers the facts and fictions of the monastic life: how the choice is made; what lies behind the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience; the nuts and bolts of monastic calling; what monks and nuns do all day; how they support themselves; and why they live as they do. Brushing away the stereotypes of sainthood, she provides an enlightening glimpse into a vibrant female subculture that is richly diverse, faith-filled, and often supremely rewarding.

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In an easy, conversational style, the author, a nun for over forty years, gives readers the facts and fictions of the monastic life: how the choice is made; what lies behind the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience; the nuts and bolts of monastic calling; what monks and nuns do all day; how they support themselves; and why they live as they do. Brushing away the stereotypes of sainthood, she provides an enlightening glimpse into a vibrant female subculture that is richly diverse, faith-filled, and often supremely rewarding.

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In the 1960s Stephen (Order of St. Helena) gave up the trappings of urban life to become an Episcopal nun. Forty years later, she recounts her spiritual journey within the context of an order in transition. While the impact of Vatican II on Catholic religious is well documented, that turbulent eras influence on Anglicans is less familiar. Writing that coming together and drawing apart are two main characteristics of the religious life, Stephen gives us an unsentimental but loving glimpse of what its like to make a lifetime commitment to seeking God. The familiar topics of spiritual memoir are embedded in discussions of the purposes and practices of such an unconventional lifestyle. Balancing prayer and work; keeping the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience; and living with companions one did not choose all draw her attention. Characterizing herself as a truth-seeker, Stephen is clear about some areas of her life and reticent about others (like her five years in an enclosed order). These reflections dont fall into the mainstream of spiritual writing and are perhaps of most interest to those curious about contemporary life in a womens religious community. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  • Publishers Weekly - 07/07/2008 page 54


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Studio: Morehouse Publishing
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Morehouse Publishing
ISBN  0819223158  
ISBN13  9780819223159  


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read it  Jul 24, 2009
This is a thoughtful, moving, provocative, evocative book. It weaves the overarching and the little into a grounded and appealing sharing of what it is to live together and apart. The books describes the real difficulties as well as the joys of vowed community life and makes clear its demands for flexibility, self-understanding, and -- this is pure Ellen Stephen -- ultimately, love.
 
Excellent Introduction to the Religious Life  Apr 7, 2009
One fine Wednesday evening in November 1986 our pastor led a small group of five of us on a "field trip" to the Order of St. Helena's convent in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle. After Vespers we went into the living room for a Q & A session with Sister Ellen Stephen.

Having little prior exposure to churches, let alone convents and monasteries, I was extremely curious about this fascinating place and the people who lived there. One by one three questions popped into my head that I asked the author:

1. Why is the convent here? My hunch is it serves as an example for society. Is that correct?
2. Are the sisters the people in your life whom you can discuss anything with? Are they your closest friends?
3. When deciding to become a nun, did you ever have doubts?

In this wonderful memoir Ellen Stephen addresses these and many more questions in much greater detail than time could allow in one evening. I heartily recommend this book to anyone with a healthy, open-minded intellectual curiosity about the world and life in general.
 

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