Terrifying Freedom by Linda Anne Smith

Terrifying Freedom

byLinda Anne Smith

Kobo ebook | October 28, 2015

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Truth can be illusive, choices disconcerting; the promise of moral certitude, irresistible. 

In the Midwestern offices of Secure Star Insurance, Rebecca, efficient and distant, seeks only to survive another day. Sally, earnest and devout, views the workplace as a fertile mission field. Into the agency comes a new employee, Gladys, gregarious, unorthodox and twice divorced. When an intuitive HR manager arrives, veneers begin to crack.

To move beyond her smouldering estrangement Rebecca must come to terms with her past. Four years earlier she was Sr. Rebecca Marise, living in a convent replete with younger members and garnering the support of an increasing number of bishops and conservative Catholics. When an older nun has a heart attack, Rebecca is abruptly sent to a backwater mission in Appalachia. Distanced from the enclave of the motherhouse and embedded in social realities of the missionary outpost, Rebecca is thrust into uncharted waters.

Title:Terrifying FreedomFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 28, 2015Publisher:Linda Anne SmithLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0994929528

ISBN - 13:9780994929525

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Novel Terrifying Freedom magnificently describes how religious perfection is the enemy of spiritual authenticity. Linda Anne Smith deftly unfolds the drama of a person who enters religious life in search of God and gradually realizes she is becoming estranged not only from society but also from herself. The story takes the reader into the secluded world of women religious who create a counterculture by living the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in community while devoting themselves to educating children. The reader admires the exemplary commitment embodied in a spectrum of characters. Smith’s sympathetic depiction of these figures accounts for the poignancy of the shadows that emerge from within the best of people. The narrative illustrates how a benevolent community can become a web in which no one speaks her own mind with the result that everyone is diminished. In a perfect world, freedom is terrifying indeed. This novel provides a picture of the impact, which the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) continues to have on Catholics and the world at large in the 21st century. The story will increase the reader’s admiration for Pope Francis. This book belongs both in the hands of every layperson, woman religious, priest and bishop and also in the library of every diocese, parish, religious house and seminary in North America. Michael Duggan PhD Professor of Religious Studies St. Mary’s University Calgary
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it twice! As the cover darkly depicts Rebecca searching through a pane-less window into startling light, the reader is aroused to join this journey of discovery which does not disappoint. One may readily identify with the characters who often joyfully struggle to respond to real life situations. An excellent read with a nice blend of imagination and true confessions.
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Terrifying Freedom is a book that I will read more than once. I enjoyed the story, the characters and the descriptive language that held my attention throughout the entire book. The author created a world that pulled you in and left you wondering about your own beliefs. Rebecca evolved into someone we all know. She is someone searching for meaning, trying to live her life with unwavering faith only to be hardened by uncontrollable events. Terrifying Freedom takes you on a journey that you will not soon forget.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Terrifying Freedom is a book that I will read more than once. I enjoyed the story, the characters and the descriptive language that held my attention throughout the entire book. The author created a world that pulled you in and left you wondering about your own beliefs. Rebecca evolved into someone we all know. She is someone searching for meaning, trying to live her life with unwavering faith only to be hardened by uncontrollable events. Terrifying Freedom takes you on a journey that you will not soon forget.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This compelling novel draws you in from the first paragraph and keeps you captivated to the last paragraph. Interesting, insightful and irresistible a great read. Will definitely be placed in my "Books to Read Again" shelf of library. Loved it!
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Through precise descriptions and insights into the hearts, minds and emotions of true to life characters Linda weaves a tantalizing tale of joy, sorrow and confusion as the main character, Rebecca has a rendezvous with truth. This story grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let it go.
Date published: 2015-12-30