An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson

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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.




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About Mary Johnson

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For twenty years, as Sister Donata, Mary Johnson was a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa's order, until she left in 1997. A respected teacher and public speaker, she has been named a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and is on the board of A Room of Her Own Foundation. She lives in New Hampshire.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Spiegel & Grau. 546 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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As she progressed in the order and became Sister Donata, the issues she faced became darker: a sexually predatory subordinate, theological disputes, an increasingly rigid system of rules and regulations and a love affair with a priest.

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Finally, after spending more time as a nun than she had spent in the outside world, she left to find her own path and her own way of knowing and loving herself and others.

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I said, “You don’t know this guy.” And she said, “No, the guru said it’s all going to be fine.” Somehow I realized if I could write a book and tell my story in such a way that people could come to realize the dangers of giving away your own common sense, your own autonomy to any sort of spiritua...

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Book Reporter

This book will shock some Catholics with its heretical claims and depress others of all religions who want to believe in the saintliness of Mother Teresa and her nuns.

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The former nun, who served alongside Mother Teresa, details her disenchantment with the religious life she once found so appealing.

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Christian Science Monitor

A former nun, after 20 years of work with Mother Teresa, takes an unflinching look at her own experience and desires.

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Dallas News

“On the tray were ten delicately stacked open-faced finger sandwiches, each about an inch and a half square … Mother wouldn’t have asked to eat unless she was really hungry, and now I saw her calculating the division of the ten delicacies among us.” The next day Johnson swipes “two bananas and an...

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Patheos

The plain fact is, there are people who can believe in god for very rational reasons (they do not have access to, or are not aware of, evidence that contradicts their beliefs);

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Huntington News

Hitchens expanded his criticism in a 1995 book, 'The Missionary Position.'" Mary Johnson In its section on criticisms of a woman considered by many to be a living saint during her long life -- and who was beatified by Pope John Paul II after her death -- "Colette Livermore, a former Missionary...

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Huntington News

As I noted in my review of the hardback edition of Mary Johnson's "An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life", on November 30, 2011, I have problems with memoirs, as readers of my past reviews of them no doubt remember.

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NJ.com

She leaves the order distraught that Mother never acknowledged her by her professed name, only as a generic “sister,” despite their proximity during several assignments.

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BigThink.com

Johnson herself was involved in several, which she discusses in frank detail: one with a nun named Sister Niobe, who gave her the first real taste of human love she'd ever had in her life, but showed herself to be a sexual predator when Johnson tried to break off the relationship.

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Women's Post

At the tender age of 17, Mary Johnson knew what she wanted to do.

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PR by the Book

Mary is caught off-guard time and time again when she violates the mercurial, unspoken laws of being a ‘good’ Sister, and receives fiery tongue lashings from her superiors that leave both her and the earth scorched.

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