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E.M. Parke Review: "Monastery to Matrimony" by Mary Ann Weakley
By Estelle M. Parke
Dec 24, 2014 - 7:45:03 AM

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I have read with interest the fascinating book, 'Monastery to Matrimony' by Mary Ann Weakley and have found it to be quite a page-turner, that highlights the journey of a young nun from her novice days through her time as a professional Catholic teacher, to a torn and dissatisfied nun, who becomes disenchanted with the convent life and much that it entails, to an ex-nun trying to make her way in a vastly changed world and finally to a strong married woman, independent and self assured.

Whilst this book is located in a convent setting, it is not presented as an overly- religious manuscript, but rather, it celebrates the triumph and resilience of the human spirit and the way that it can develop under difficult circumstances and duress.

Throughout this book, many tales of convent life are elaborated upon, often in an amusing fashion and always in an interesting way, much to the delight of the reader, who will quickly discover that life in the convent is not always as dull and boring as many may suppose.

The heroine of this story is one who, through sheer determination, common sense and industry, manages to reinvent herself and keep herself relevant, even after the changes brought to her profession as a result of the Vatican Council 11 of the catholic church.

Although this book may not be first choice of reading by serious Bible scholars, I would expect its readership to be found amongst those who appreciate a book that promotes good, old fashioned, basic, honest values, honourable behaviour and family life.

It is with considerable pleasure that I recommend 'Monastery to Matrimony' by Mary Ann Weakley as an enjoyable read, more than worthy of the readers time and attention.

Estelle M. Parke
Email contact via rpbendedek@hotmail.com


Mary Ann Weakley enjoyed twenty years as a nun in a Catholic convent in Illinois until she left due to a conflict with another nun that left her feeling rejected by the community. She later married and became an interior designer in Tennessee. Now a widow, Weakley lives in Florida and loves horses and travel.

Weakley wrote "Monastery to Matrimony" to be a resource of courage to help people facing life changes. "A survival theme runs through my life, from the tornado I lived through when I was seven to adjusting to convent life and then adjusting to life outside the convent," Weakley said. "Hopefully the book will encourage people making big decisions in their lives." For more information, visit www.maryannweakley.com

"Monastery to Matrimony"
By Mary Ann Weakley
ISBN: 978-1-4525-9596-2
226 Pages
Softcover $16
E-book $10


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