Changing Habits by Debbie Macomber
(Mira, 2014, 400 pages)
This is a true-to-life story about three young women Kathleen O’Shaughnessy, Joanna Baird, and Angelina Marcello. The three of them come from different backgrounds but they share the desire to love and serve God. This story tells their separate journeys of joining a Catholic convent, St. Bridget’s Sisters of the Assumption, in the late 1960s. Their experiences while they were nuns and the personal tragedies that ultimately caused them to withdraw from their vocation was told in such an enthralling way that it was hard to put the book down. The support cast enables the reader to understand their motive for entering the convent as well as the individual crises for ultimately leaving.
It is a very interesting story that delved into the procedures of the convent and the convent life. Macomber’s historical research of the Second Vatican Council and church policies for this book adds depth to the story. For me, this was a book that I was sure of the outcome, but I was completely captivated with not only the story itself, but also I found the facts about the life of a nun fascinating and insightful.