part of a custody agreement, Kristin Ohlson's children were spending
the Christmas holiday with her husband. This was her fifth
Christmas without them.
As she was reading the morning paper, she
noticed a religious service section. Much to her surprise, she
didn't realize that services were now advertised. She was
raised Catholic but no longer attended services and wasn't sure she
believed anymore. One ad intrigued her. It stated that
Franciscan priests would say mass and nuns from an order called the
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration would sing. She had fond
images of Franciscans but had never heard of the Poor Clares.
Kristin attended the service and became intrigued with the
nuns who were cloistered. She decided that she would like to
write a book about them.
Kristin spent three years
becoming acquainted with the rituals, practices and personalities of
the Poor Clares. During this time Ohlson tried not only to
study the faith of the Poor Clares but also wanted to dwell into her
own spirituality and make some sense of everything. She also
learns some very important lessons about life.
This is a
fascinating book and is well worth reading by everyone.
Kristin Ohlson does a beautiful job of writing the story of the Poor
Clares. Their story is intriguing and Ohlson is very skilled
at putting the words into a book about their beliefs. You
won't go wrong by adding this one to your list of books to
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