Only two books have I ever read in less than 24 hours forsaking sleep for: The da Vinci Code and Mary Johnson's, An Unquenchable Thirst. That they both deal with subjects Catholic must mean something. I was raised in Central Kansas a first generation American by a Roman Catholic mother and a Maronite Catholic father. Catholicism was not only religion but culture. As a young adult I never doubted the existence of God but I did question if the Holy See was the best path. I found Ms. Johnson's account of her two decades with the Missionaries of Charity, trying to answer God's call on her life, a brave tale of angst and existentialism. Most people would have given up early in the process and yet she persisted in living the life she felt called to. What sets her apart is that when her life no longer made sense to her or fulfilled her desire to make a profound difference in the world, she was brave enough to make a change and question everything she had so dearly clung too. Honest and insightful, for someone who grew up to idolize these "Saints of Earth" I found it reassuring to learn that they are human, like me. I have often said, "Faith is like fashion" what appeals to one person does not fit the masses but that does not make it inherently flawed. God unfolds to each person in a unique way and there is no religion or dogma that has a corner on the rightness of it. This book inspired me to continue to pursue God in a way that is best for my unique personhood and not prearranged by someone else's doctrine.
...From MJ Drush. MJ Drush is a 45 year old wife and mother. Born and raised in Kansas married to an active duty sailor stationed across the US. Raised and educated Roman Catholic, she is now a Non-denominational Christian who is learning Buddhist meditation.