In this house of Brede

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"A novel of sensitive dedication." -- The Atlantic Monthly "Rumer Godden deals precisely with the theme of the religious life . . . as representing 'the heart of holiness of the Church.' It is at once a life of great peace and often equally intense struggle." -- America magazine This extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community. In this gripping narrative of the crises surrounding the ancient Brede abbey, Rumer Godden penetrates to the mysterious, inner heart of a religious community--a place of complexity and conflict, as well as joy and love. It is a place where Philippa, to her own surprise and her friends' astonishment, finds her life by losing it.
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subject_facetCatholic women -- Fiction
Christian fiction
Electronic books
England -- Fiction
Monastic and religious life of women -- Fiction
Nuns -- Fiction
title_displayIn this house of Brede
title_fullIn this house of Brede / Rumer Godden introduction by Phyllis Tickle
In this house of Brede [electronic resource] / Rumer Godden
title_shortIn this house of Brede
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Monastic and religious life of women
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