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Linked short stories provide a seldom-seen peek behind the closed doors of a convent, at the challenges and blessings of those "brides of Christ" who have dedicated their lives to the practice of perfection.
The time is 1959 and the setting is a religious convent, where nuns, novitiates and postulants - those preparing to enter the sisterhood - live and work together in the service of the church and of their god.
Under the constant guidance and the watchful eye of the mistress of novitiates, Mother Alphonsine, the new sisters begin the difficult process of separating themselves from the everyday world they've grown up in and everything in it, including material things, their friends, and even their families. They live in virtual silence and they undertake vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. "All that is in the world is vanity, except to love God."
The Practice of Perfection is rich in the details of their lives - the personalities, the rituals of the convent, the names for parts of clothing and rooms, the stock answers for any and all questions of their faith. Ultimately, it is a fascinating portrait of the search for purpose and the struggle to keep life changing commitments that mirrors those same elements in all of our lives.
About the Author: Mary Frances Coady was born in Saskatchewan and raised in Alberta. She attended the University of Alberta, and worked in religious journalism for a number of years. She currently teaches business writing at Ryerson University in Toronto. This is her first publication.
Title: The Practice of Perfection
Publisher: Coteau Books
Publication Date: 2009
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Coteau Books, 2009. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87492648
Book Description Coteau Books, 2009. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP17431324
Book Description Coteau Books, 2009. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96389313
Book Description Coteau Books. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2797750736
Book Description Coteau Books, U.S.A., 2009. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. trade paperback, minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # 181068
Book Description Coteau Books, 2009. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. 8 X 5 X 1 inches; 192 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 47257
Book Description Coteau Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1550504002