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Scary Nuns: Sisters at Work and at Play [Hardcover]

By Essential Works (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0061231495  
EAN  9780061231490  


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They are known as the Brides of Christ. They wear all-black robes tied with heavy rosary beads and crucifixes that would make any child wince. They cover their heads with vast, winglike hoods. They have no legs but roll along on silent casters. They do not flinch from handing out swift and painful smacks with a switch, cane, or paddle. With photographs of these secretive sisters doing a few of their favorite things-frolicking in the sea, shooting guns, and lying prostrate on the floor, among them-Scary Nuns explores what goes on behind closed convent doors. Included are brief histories of some of the most notorious nuns and orders, as well as thoughts from famous thinkers on what it is to be a nun, that illuminate the mysteries of these wimple-wearing women who roam Gothic cathedrals around the world. Nuns are scary. You don't have to be a lapsed Catholic to think so. But if you are, you'll find Scary Nuns terrifying.

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They are known as the Brides of Christ.

They wear all-black robes tied with heavy rosary beads and crucifixes that would make any child wince. They cover their heads with vast, winglike hoods. They have no legs but roll along on silent casters. They do not flinch from handing out swift and painful smacks with a switch, cane, or paddle.

With photographs of these secretive sisters doing a few of their favorite things—frolicking in the sea, shooting guns, and lying prostrate on the floor, among them—Scary Nuns explores what goes on behind closed convent doors.

Included are brief histories of some of the most notorious nuns and orders, as well as thoughts from famous thinkers on what it is to be a nun, that illuminate the mysteries of these wimple-wearing women who roam Gothic cathedrals around the world.

Nuns are scary. You don't have to be a lapsed Catholic to think so. But if you are, you'll find Scary Nuns terrifying.



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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Silly  Nov 30, 2009
We are in such a need to open up real dialog within the Church about so many topics none of which is helped by this book. The events real and imagined are silly.
 
Don't be Fooled  Dec 31, 2008
If you buy this for someone who had nuns in school growing up, thinking that they would love to reminisce about the good old days,don't be fooled. This is really a mean- spirited little book of mediocre pictures. Scary nuns? Hardly, as anyone who got past first grade would confirm. The pictures belie the title, showing dated pictures of nuns caring for others, praying, and going about their everyday activities of service; hardly scary.No wonder the author is not named on the book.
 
Nun-sensical fun...  Dec 4, 2008
Despite the negative reviews above, this seemed like the perfect present for a retired priest friend for Christmas, and I have to say now I've received it, I love it! I found no nun-phobia in the text, and as a Catholic myself, found nothing offensive in the pictures either. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and certainly the Sister who reviewed it so harshly has more right than most, but I found its humour to be warm and human, not vicious and satirical, and a wonderful portrait of those who dedicate themselves (so vitally for the rest of us)to the spiritual life. Nuns are human, after all, and this book shows that - whilst also illustrating the many achievements they have made and do make to our communities. Maybe this book will help break down the barriers constructed by a perception of those in religious orders being scary and remote - and that can only be a huge positive, in this reader's humble opinion, at least!
 
Nuns are human, not robots of perfection.  Feb 28, 2008
This book illistrates the human sides to nuns and shows them as being dynamic beings. I think it is rather positive and humorous to view women of the faith through a human lense.

 
Sad waste of ink.  Feb 15, 2008
This is a book laden with prejudice, mockery, lies and lack of intelligence. I am wondering if someone wrote a book like this about any other dedicated members of a faith, would there be an outcry? I can think of better ways to make money, folks. As a religious sister (nun) I am offended. If I could rate a "zero" star - I would have! WARNING: This isn't like one of those "cute" nun calendars. Be careful giving it as a gift...especially to a nun! :(
 

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