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Book Title: Changing Habits|
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The author of the book: Debbie Macomber
Edition: Mira Books
Date of issue: March 25th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780778320289
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I do not know where to start this review. I already know I am probably going to get some negative feedback, but I really don't care. I am a 65 year old Catholic. I was raised in the church during the time this book is written about. This explains why this religion is almost a thing of the past. The actions of the church is why I stopped going to church and do not believe anything they preached and pounded into our heads. I firmly believe in God, but not the God that they say condemns anyone who does not live strictly according to words that were written eons ago. The Bible can be translated 10 different ways by 10 different people.
The way nuns were treated was just cruel. They were not allowed to speak for the first year (and, yes, I know it depended on the order they joined). They were not allowed to have a meal with anyone, including family, because they were forced to eat in the convent and again in silence. They lived in cells, not rooms. They were forced to admit to the Mother Superior, in front of every other nun, what the Catholic church told them was wrong. These were things that are totally stupid such as if they got upset with another nun REALLY, who can live with others and not get ticked off. Especially when you could only speak for 1 hour a day. They had no freedom. They were not allowed to make any decisions of their own. They were forced to wear clothes that hid their entire bodies and veils that hid what hair they were not forced to cut off. Their hands were to be folded and kept in their sleeves when not being useful. I went to Catholic school and witnessed this for myself. I know it had to do with impure thoughts, but the human body was created by God and I really don't think He meant for it to be hidden away as if it were sinful.
Nuns automatically were made to feel as if they were not equal to, but less than a priest. OMG, talk about sexism. What made a priest more important or better? We all know what has happened, and is still happening, with priests. Actions that the Catholic church chose to overlook and allowed these priests to continue with their behavior. This happened in the parish I grew up in. Understand, I am not Condeming all priests. If nuns had done these things you can believe they would have been punished and kicked out in the blink of an eye.
Eventually, the Church realized how out of touch they were with reality when the number of women entering the convent dropped dramatically. They were allowed to come out from under the wraps of their clothing to shorter skirts, shorter sleeves, shorter veils and for the first time were allowed to wear their hair
in the fashion they chose
Some women were so unhappy with this treatment that they left the convent and lived normal lives. They got married and had families.
I truly believe that if nuns and priests were allowed to live as everyone else then maybe this religion would not be hurting for new recruits.
I know there are probably some points I have forgotten to make, but this book touched me to my soul. I became emotionally attached to the characters because they reminded me so much of the nuns and priests from my school days.
Debbie Macomber truly got this story right and I say "Great job".
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Read information about the authorDebbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.
In 2018, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include Cottage by the Sea (July) and Alaskan Holiday (October). Macomber is also releasing a new cookbook titled Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.
Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.
She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.
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