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"A heartfelt, personal story of the gradual awakening of a woman who comes to see that preferring the 'human to the perfect' does not alienate her from authentic spirituality but allows her to live more fully."

Kathleen Norris,
author of The Cloister Walk


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Mary Johnson Short Bio

Mary Johnson is the author of An Unquenchable Thirst, named one of the best nonfiction books of 2011 by Kirkus Review. At age nineteen, Mary joined the Missionaries of Charity, also known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. During her twenty years as a sister, she spent fifteen of those stationed in Rome, where she lived and worked with Mother Teresa. After leaving the sisters in 1997, she completed a BA in English at Lamar University and an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. Mary now considers herself a secular Humanist and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg View, Religion News Services, The Humanist Magazine, Soujourners, and National Public Radio. Mary's work has been featured on CNN, MSNBC,, Poets & WritersThe Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, National Public Radio, and The Rosie Show, among others. Mary serves as Creative Director of Retreats for A Room of Her Own Foundation. 


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