rating: 4 of 5 stars
An odd mixture of contemplative thought, memoir and discussion of life in the world of the Benedictines, but an interestingly odd mixture.
I wish Ms. Norris had discussed more the why and how of her life there (I confess I was confused that she spent so much time at a monastery, among monks), as well as what had really led her there. What is it that an oblate does, for example, is missing. I suspect this was written expecting the reader to have more knowledge of Christianity, let alone Catholicism, than I do.
On the other hand, her thoughts about life and death, religion and "real life" are fascinating. It is difficult to imagine having read this book and not viewing the Psalms differently than before.
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