Book Spotlight and Give Away: An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson

Friday, June 29, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
An unforgettable spiritual autobiography about a search for meaning that begins alongside one of the great religious icons of our time and ends with a return to the secular world

At seventeen, Mary Johnson saw Mother Teresa's face on the cover of Time and experienced her calling. Eighteen months later, she entered a convent in the South Bronx to begin her religious training. Not without difficulty, this bright, independent-minded Texas teenager eventually adapted to the sisters' austere life of poverty and devotion, and in time became close to Mother Teresa herself.

Still, beneath the white and blue sari beat the heart of an ordinary young woman facing the struggles we all share -- the desire for love and connection, meaning and identity. During her twenty years with the Missionaries of Charity, Sister Donata, as she was known, grappled with her faith, her sexuality, the politics of the order, and her complicated relationship with Mother Teresa. Eventually, she left the church to find her own path -- one that led to love and herself.

Provocative, profound, and emotionally charged, An Unquenchable Thirst presents a rare, privileged view of Mother Teresa. At the same time, it is a unique and magnificent memoir of self-discovery.


Author Bio
Mary Johnson, author of An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life, moved with her family to Beaumont, Texas from Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of twelve. After completing a year at the University of Texas, she joined the Missionaries of Charity, commonly known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, where she worked with the poor in the South Bronx, Washington DC, Winnipeg, and Rome. With the trust of Mother Teresa she rose quickly in the ranks and was sent to study theology at Regina Mundi, a pontifical institute aggregated to the Gregorian University in Rome, where she received a diploma in religious studies. For twenty years, as Sister Donata, Mary Johnson served as a Missionary of Charity until she left her life as a nun in 1997. She went on to complete a BA in English, at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. A respected teacher and public speaker, she has been named a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and her desire to write her story was the initial impetus behind the A Room of Her Own Foundation. She lives in New Hampshire.

For more information please visit http://www.maryjohnson.co, and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter (@_MaryJohnson). You can read an excerpt of her book here.

The Giveaway
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27 comments:

  1. holdenj said...

    The Age of Miracles.

  2. Anonymous said...

    I love Jodi Picoult. Also recipe books. Patricia

  3. Jill said...

    50 Shades of Grey, everyone keeps raving about it so that's on my list.

  4. Patricia N said...

    I'm almost finished with Bossypants by Tina Fey. Hilarious!
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  5. Na said...

    The Reckoning by Alma Katsu. I'll definitely be reading that soon.

  6. ossmcalc said...

    I just finished reading HEAVEN IS FOR REAL this morning. Now I am trying to decide on what to read next.

    Thank you,

    Christine W
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  7. bettycd said...

    Girl with a Dragon tattoo, what a stretch from this book

  8. Margie said...

    South of Broad by Pat Conroy
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Anita Yancey said...

    Secrets by Jude Deveraux.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  10. Ally said...

    I just started The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and hope to read the other 2 books in the series as well.

    rubymoonstoneATgmailDOTcom

  11. Bonita12 said...

    I'm almost donw reading Amish Values for Your Family and then will start Fifty Shades of Grey. Is that bad? :)

  12. Jenny Sims said...

    I just finished Mindy Kaling's book, it was hilarious! Want to read Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend THis Never Happened next.

  13. bettycd said...

    reading the Girl with Dragon Tattoo series

  14. Carl said...

    I'm about to get into The Hunt for KSM by Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer, thanks to you.

  15. Carol L. said...

    Just finished Shades of Grey and looking forward to reading Wicked Nights, Sevin to start.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  16. Maureen said...

    I am reading The Witness by Nora Roberts.

  17. Tannie's Chatter said...

    The Hunger Games

  18. Samantha Remington said...

    Rereading everything that Tamora Pierce has published so far.

  19. Renee G said...

    I'm reading Shadow of Night.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  20. Wayne Lecoy said...

    Please Enter Me In Your Book Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win A Copy Of
    An Unquenchable Thirst:Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service,and an Authentic Life by Mary Johnson.
    In Response To Your Question Of What Book Is On My Summer Reading List?
    My Answer Is Jann Arden-
    Falling Backwards-A Memoir.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!

  21. ashley said...

    Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy!

  22. Anonymous said...

    "An Arrow's Flight" by Mark Merlis!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

  23. Anonymous said...

    My list is so long I can't fit it. dollmf@arvig.net

  24. Lana Bradstream said...

    CANCER ON THE BRAIN

    lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

  25. peppersalt said...

    I want to read "The Fifty Shades of Gray". saltpepper1_2000@yahoo.com

  26. Lisa said...

    The Pretty Little Liars series

  27. Daniel M said...

    been wanting to read hunger games - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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