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Length: 302 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This is the true story of one woman’s journey from the sweeping coastlines of New Zealand to the barren plains of Southern Spain, from youthful hope to deep despair, and from sin to reparation.

As a free-spirited university student, Maria’s life stretches before her like a wonderful adventure. It is New Zealand in the mid-seventies and Maria wants to make music, serve the Lord and spread her wings far beyond the safe familiarity of her homeland.

Then, the unthinkable happens: a callous act resulting in an impossible choice that shapes the rest of her life. Heartbroken and in need of a miracle, Maria seeks absolution as a Carmelite nun in the dark, silent cloisters of the Palmarian Catholic Church, one of the world’s most secretive and controversial religious orders.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1371 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0473336804
  • Publisher: Haven Publishing (9 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0157GSUPS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found it hard to put down. Being a non-Catholic, I found it hard to grasp what Maria went through in her journey to find peace. She is one very brave lady to have stayed in a silent order for 8 years! I am finding it hard to comment on this book in the way it deserves to be reviewed; however, I would recommend it highly. Although I have since read a couple of fiction novels, this one has stayed with me.
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I am writing my review of this book only half an hour after finishing it. After only two chapters, I was completely hooked and finished it in just over a day. The author is brave enough to write of some deeply personal details of her life and we follow her journey to find her place, spiritual peace and acceptance in a world she was removed from for many years. Based on her experiences in the traditional Catholic Church and then in the Palmarian Catholic Church in Spain, Maria Hall allows us to share her deepest fears, her guilt and her confusion in a stultifying and isolated community of Carmelite nuns in Seville in the second half of last century. Her journey is a profound one, her road to reparation is at times very difficult to understand and accept, and her eventual lifestyle is a gentle relief for both the author and her reader.
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This was the first memoir I have ever read and I am so glad I have come across it. This book opened a window into the world that up until now was a complete mystery to me. And yet, the problems the author faced were very much human and relatable. These two factors made the memoir fascinating to read. The raw emotion of this book pulled me in from page one and I found that I couldn't put it down until the very last page. What I found the most inspiring was the author's strength of character and positive outlook. Even in the face of adversity, she never gave up and strived to move forward, to follow her calling, to come to terms with the past. The memoir was a real eye opener about the way of life I knew nothing about. Thanks to this very personal and moving account, it was as if I was able to glimpse this unfamiliar world through the author's eyes. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys powerful, emotional and beautifully written stories of strength and survival.
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