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This book CAN change lives - it has changed mine.
on 12 June 2000
'New Habits' brings to light the real humanity of women who are nuns. It dislodges all those previous concepts of what a nun is, ie locked away from the world, condemning of sex and sexuality, unapproachable, humorless, stern and ALWAYS Roman Catholic. In nearly every woman's story I saw pieces of myself. An alarming fact at first! Isabel Losada has done a wonderful job in her interviewing, bringing out the woman in the nun. The photo and intro to each woman gives the reader a sense of sitting and having a private chat, in which there is laughter and an unstuffy, spiritual awareness. I am sure for some of them it was a difficult decision to speak in such a public way and I take my hat off to each one of them for doing so and allowing us, the public, a glimpse behind those Convent doors, which are not so firmly closed anymore. The reader cannot help but be touched by and hold respect for each one of the women and their very personal journeys. I was so enchanted by the book that three months later I picked it up and read it again, slowly this time, allowing myself to realise and absorb the idea that I too could be and may be a nun some day. This book CAN change lives - it has changed mine.