A nun’s tale. Armstrong tells of her experience from her seven years as a teenager and then young nun in the convent through a loss of faith, severe physical and mental challenges, trying to find her way in the world as an academic, and ultimately coming to a new understanding of spirituality. It is a reasonably quick read. I found that I was very interested at times, and at others just going through the motions. One notable absence here is any real detail on her experiences with men. She notes this herself, saying that she has written about it elsewhere. But the strength of the book for me was her take on the commonality of religious experience in the final hundred pages. True spirituality, true ecstasy, is a product of replacing the ego with compassion. And one way of achieving this, common to all good religions, is ritual, regularly repeated physical acts. A very interesting read.