Although I am not a traditionally religious person, I am always curious to learn about subjects in the area of faith and spirituality. In the past few months I’ve recorded three very different books in the genre, all very different but each thought-provoking and fascinating in it’s own way.
From Blackstone Audio: “This is the beautifully written and heartfelt memoir of a young woman from Dallas, Texas, wrestling with the evangelical Christianity of her childhood by examining the one item from it that she is still attached to, the daily devotional My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.”
From Audible Studios: “On a hot and dusty December day in 1980, the bodies of four American women – three of them Catholic nuns – were pulled from a hastily dug grave in a field outside San Salvador. They had been murdered two nights before by the US-trained El Salvadoran military. News of the killing shocked the American public and set off a decade of debate over Cold War policy in Latin America. The women themselves became symbols and martyrs, shorn of context and background.
In A Radical Faith, journalist Eileen Markey breathes life back into one of these women, Sister Maura Clarke. Who was this woman in the dirt? What led her to this vicious death so far from home? Maura was raised in a tight-knit Irish immigrant community in Queens, New York, during World War II. She became a missionary as a means to a life outside her small, orderly world, and by the 1970s was organizing and marching for liberation alongside the poor of Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Maura’s story offers a window into the evolution of postwar Catholicism: from an inward-looking, protective institution in the 1950s to a community of people grappling with what it meant to live with purpose in a shockingly violent world. At its heart, A Radical Faith is an intimate portrait of one woman’s spiritual and political transformation, and her courageous devotion to justice.”
And from Tantor Audio: “Every year, thousands of young women are forced into sexual exploitation. Most are under the age of eighteen. The damage this causes to their emotions and souls is immeasurable. But they are not without hope. The White Umbrella tells stories of survivors as well as those who came alongside to help them to recovery.”
I have one copy of the CD version of The White Umbrella to give away. To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below. Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please. Entries will be taken up until 5pm EST on Friday, February 24. The randomly selected winner will be contacted by email and then I’ll need your mailing address to get the CDs to you, but I don’t keep or share any contact info. Good luck and thanks for listening!
(If you’d like to buy copies of these books, using this link or this link, I’ll receive a small percentage from Amazon or Audiobooks.com. Narrators don’t earn royalties, so this is a way I can be compensated for marketing the book.)