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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Don't expect this to be like call the midwife it really isn't. It follows sister Catherine Mary's journey to becoming a nun! But a highly absorbing book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite interesting
This was quite an interesting read but a bit heavy going. I was disappointed that there were very few actual case histories . More really the memories of a nun, not really memoires of a midwife!
Published 11 months ago by Elisabeth Daisy


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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent background history to the Jennifer Worth Books, 17 Oct 2013
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Enjoyed this insight into the religious community that formed the background to Jennifer Worth's book Call the Midwife. The history of the Nursing and Midwifery Nuns was interesting although the focus was from the viewpoint of one Nun who had entered the community as a young woman and followed her progress within the order. It was well written and different from other works centred around the Nursing profession.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 13 Oct 2013
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Don't expect this to be like call the midwife it really isn't. It follows sister Catherine Mary's journey to becoming a nun! But a highly absorbing book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True life story of nursing and midwifery in London's East End, 2 Feb 2014
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A very true image of nursing and midwifery in the 1950's and 60's. A life which sadly no longer exists now that community deliveries largely do not happen due to hospitalisation of services and decimation of midwifery staff due to NHS cuts. I trained in the late 1960's at the General Lying In hospital described in this book, and the community midwives were very much part of the local community. It is interesting to see how the sisters adapted to changing conditions, and how their Christian love for their patients is shown in the varied ways they seek to serve them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intersting background - a fresh angle, 19 Jan 2014
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My mother was a midwife who worked with the sisters of the Community of St John the Divine in the late 1940s - so I had a particular interest in finding out more
The book was very instructive in terms of the development of the Community over a long period of time and indeed the development of professional nursing and midwifery as a profession in the UK and the significant role played by the religious orders in that development.
It was also fascinating to gain some insight into the experience of a nun who has lived her life in Holy Orders and how the Community has not been rigid over that time but has evolved. To read of the dedication and commitment shown by the Sisters was humbling; but the individuals are never portrayed as "saints" (with halos) - but rather real people with real struggles, doubts and difficulties. I was pleased that I had read a book based on nuns who had remained in orders/community - and this was a balance to Karen Armstrong's books (such as "The Spiral Staircase") which I would also recommend.
I was brought up short by meeting with a life based on a different mindset and values; for example, when training alongside "lay-people" they were due to receive their first monthly pay. There was much discussion in the group about how the money would be used (party, clothes etc). For the nun the money was paid direct to the community, because she did not own anything...... Some of her colleague expressed the opinion that they would not do the work for no pay - but for the nun it was a privilege to be serving and pay was irrelevant..... that certainly made me think!
My one disappointment with the book was that there was little revealed about the consolations to be drawn from the religious life - mention was made of spending "nights in prayer" but this is something rather alien to me, and so some attempt at sharing the experience or explaining how this can work would have been very welcome. The nuns had done amazing works of service - but the source of their dedication inspiration and strength was not explored in any great depth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book, 11 Oct 2013
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like reading medical books, nice and light hearted as well showing us the tough sides have quite a collection of them. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read, 23 Jan 2014
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an excellent book that takes us back to a caring side of the sisters work in the east end of years gone by, a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the nuns behind call the midwife, 21 Jan 2014
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The amazing true story of the nuns behind call the midwife. Sister Catherine Mary takes us on a journey through the monastic life and a look at the other side of the call the midwife story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite interesting, 23 Jan 2014
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This was quite an interesting read but a bit heavy going. I was disappointed that there were very few actual case histories . More really the memories of a nun, not really memoires of a midwife!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 21 Jan 2014
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Could not put it down it was a great read The struggle the sisters had to endure but never gave up
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sisters of the east end, 3 Oct 2013
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Good book worth buying
Follows the true story behind the sisters from the call the midwife series
You should enjoy this book
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