The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

Karen Armstrong


In 1962, at age seventeen, Karen Armstrong entered a convent, wanting to meet God. After seven brutally unsatisfied years as a nun, she left her order to pursue English literature at Oxford. yet convent existence had profoundly altered her, and dealing with the surface international and her expiring religion proved to be excruciating. Her deep solitude and a terrifying illness–diagnosed simply years later as epilepsy–marked her eternally as an intruder. In her personal brain she was once an entire failure: as a nun, as a tutorial, and as a typical girl able to intimacy. Her destiny appeared a great deal in query till she stumbled into comparative theology. What she chanced on, in studying, considering, and writing approximately different religions, was once the ecstasy and transcendence she had by no means felt as a nun. Gripping, revelatory, and inspirational, The Spiral Staircase is a unprecedented account of an wonderful religious trip.

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