Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns By Cheryl L. Reed

Title: Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns

Premise:Cheryl Reed spent time with at least 300 nuns of diverse beliefs and orders. She lived and prayed with them and asked questions no one ever dared before: about love and sex, life and death, faith and joy, and loss and regret. Reed would discover more about motherhood, relationships, faith, and feminism than she ever gleaned from the outside world.

My Thoughts: Full disclosure, I grew up Roman Catholic but I was betrayed by the Church when all of the sexual abuse allegations came out in 2003. Even though I grew up Catholic I didn’t know anything about nuns or the different orders other than they take vows of chastity, poverty and obedience and they are occasionally teachers. This book opened up my eyes to the different orders of nuns and the wonderful things nuns do. I got a real sense from Cheryl’s interviews that instead of nuns being conservative people who uphold all the rules of the church, that most are the first feminists, trying to change the male dominated church into an egalitarian church from the inside. There were so many stories of strong women standing up to the church and winning. I loved the stories of nuns sticking up for the disadvantaged throughout the United States. I have declared this my favourite book of 2017.

My Rating: 5/5

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2 thoughts on “Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns By Cheryl L. Reed

    1. It was a great book – even without the Catholic background, I think you’d really liked it. I really liked the underlying story of womanhood and feminists.


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