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In the Name of God, Why?: Ex-Catholic Nuns Speak Out about Sexual Repression, Abuse & Ultimate Liberation: 2 Paperback – 8 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin Publishing (8 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615612229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615612225
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Fran Fisher, originally from Manchester England now resides in Sacramento, CA where she continues to practice nursing, has her private practice in sexual therapy and is working on her next book.

Entering a Roman Catholic convent at age 18 left an indelible mark on me. Leaving before my 21st was devastating. However, marriage and children quickly moved my life forward. After 25 years of marriage, raising two children and working as an RN I decided to take a fresh look at my future. I took a year to investigate alternatives and by chance took a weekend workshop (for CE's) at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, a graduate school specializing in Human Sexuality. This chance workshop changed the trajectory of my life. The implications for my patients and their intimate partners was obvious once my mind began to expand and appreciate the vastness of the problem. That was more than a decade ago and now in my role as a practicing RN and with a thriving private practice in Sexology, life is very different. I always address sexual implications and am an advocate for better education and assistance to all our patients.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pee jay on 11 Mar. 2013
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Enlightening, the life of women who think they will spend their lives in the service of God as nuns in religious orders.
The book studies through interviews the effects being members of religious orders has on their sexual needs as women. How the strict routine and suppression of feelings affects them in their relationships with the people they come in contact with.
The book follows many pathways, from the reasons for entering into the life of a religious, the need to be sexually active despite the religious rule; and finally why women eventually leave to live lives within the larger community. Maybe one of books that should be read before entering into the life of a religious within the strict bounds of the Roman Catholic Church.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Educated female with Catholic upbringing 27 May 2011
By CrazyHorse - Published on
Having been raised in a Catholic family, attending Sunday masses and continuing my education at a Jesuit private college, I was intrigued by this book the moment I saw it. The book candidly discusses several women's sexual journeys through repression, control, fear, hypocrisy and for some, ultimate enlightenment after leaving their respective communities. The stories are truly remarkable and disturbing. The hypocritical stance of the Catholic Church and its teachings are further illuminated, making one wonder if it is even a viable option for any reasonable human being to remain dedicated to such a flawed system designed to repress women and the evolution of the whole soul.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Revelation 22 Jun. 2012
By Artgurl - Published on
I found Dr. Fran Fisher's book, In The Name Of God Why?, to be well-written, honest, and compelling. The author handles her subject matter in a candid, straightforward manner, balancing a researcher's objectivity with the interviewees' very poignant stories . Heartbreaking, triumphant, disturbing, and sometimes amusing, the reader will be drawn to their thought provoking tales. Kudos to Dr. Fran for presenting this ground-breaking work!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
good insightful read 27 Jan. 2013
By she - Published on
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An honest book about the lives of "celibate " people in the catholic church, insightful also for women from other religious orders, groups.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In the Name of god Why 19 Nov. 2012
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I found this book fascinating - especially because of my own backgound in religious life. I was a Sister of Mercy for 30 years before I eventually left. It was frank in a way I have never heard ex-religious discuss their sex life and problems in the convent.
There was a problem in my receiving the book because it was sent to a former address, which I discovered too late to have the address changed. Somehow the book did make its way to me last week, and I am glad it did arrive.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
That's a short, but well done book. 10 Aug. 2013
By Adam W. Rupniewski - Published on
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Looking under the carpet. Provocative and true. Good read for Catholics, who want to look at life with fresh eyes.
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