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Changing Habits
by Debbie Macomber

Category: Fiction / General
352 pages; ISBN: 1551666901

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

In the 1960s, three young women from diverse lifestyles enter St. Peter’s Parrish in Minneapolis with the belief they are destined to become nuns. Angelina Marcello, Kathleen O’Shaunessy, and Joanna Baird had different reasons for becoming “Brides of Christ”, but shared an idealism to serve God and help the community.

In 1972 the three nuns struggle with crisis of faith. For Sister Angelina, it was the simple failure of the Church to deal with the problems of a pregnant teen Corrine that sent her back to her father’s restaurant. Temporarily taking over the accounting journal led Sister Kathleen to Father Brian Doyle with both wrestling between their vows and a very human love for one another. For Sister Joanna, the return of Viet Nam vet Dr. Tim Murray reminds her that she joined for the wrong reasons as she begins to fall in love with the still recovering medical practitioner. Will the church lose three more dedicated people or will the vows prove strong enough to keep these Sisters within the fold?

CHANGING HABITS is not the typical fare from Debbie Macomber, but is an insightful look at some of the problems the modern day Catholic Church is confronting in America. The story line is well written as the trio of nuns seems so genuine and human. The support cast enables the audience to understand their motives from entry into the Church until the individual crisis of faith occurs. Readers will feel strongly what each one of the Sisters contends with as Ms. Macomber powerfully focuses on the critical loss of nuns facing the Church today.

Harriet Klausner

 

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