Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun [Sister Jesme] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On 31 August , Sister Jesme left the. The only difference between her and us is that she is a nun. Amen autobiography of Sister Jesme is a thrilling read. Sex, money and power. Amen- An autobiography of a Nun is a book written by a nun from Kerala and this book contain the sexual exploitation that Sister Jesme and.

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On 31 Augustsister Jesme left the congregation of Mother of Carmel. The authorities’ repeated attempts to have her declared insane, she says, left her no other option. This book, a first of its kind in India, is an outpouring of her experiences as a nun for thirty three years. Searing, sincere and sensitive, Amen is a plea for a reformation of the church and comes at On 31 Augustsister Jesme left the congregation of Mother of Carmel.

Searing, sincere and sensitive, Amen is a plea for a reformation of the church and comes at a time of its growing concern about nuns and priests. It affirms Jesme’s unbroken spirit and faith in Jesus and the Church, living like a nun but outside the Four Walls of the Convent.

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Lists dister This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Revelations about sexual misconduct within the Catholic Church are no longer news. So this tell-all memoir by a former nun did not have the impact it should have autobiobraphy upon me, had I read it when it was published in Sister Jesme was quite a senior teacher within the faculty of the Catholic colleges within my hometown of Thrissur in Kerala, serving as Vice Principal in one institution Vimala College and Principal in another St.

Mary’s Col Revelations about sexual misconduct within the Catholic Church zister no longer news. Then on August 31, she decided to quit the order due to harassment and continue her life of celibacy as a layperson.

The next year, she dister out this memoir, laying bare the favouritism, financial misappropriations ameen harassment sexual and otherwise happening within the organisation. The book was a bestseller immediately and created quite a furore. According to Jesme, she was tortured mentally from day one onwards because she would not condone the misdeeds of her peers and the management.

If one goes by her words, she is an exceptionally brilliant yet humble human being who has dedicated her whole life to Jesus, on a one-woman mission to reform the church through compassion.

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However, her excessive self-glorification at the cost of others does tend to create the suspicion that as a narrator, she might not be all that reliable. And when one starts suspecting that, the efficacy and veracity of the memoir falls by the wayside.


The main contention of Sister Jesme is that she had been stymied all along her career path by nepotistic superiors, and later on they tried to prove that she was mentally unstable and tried to get her admitted into a psychiatric hospital. While this is quite possible, her flowery words and delirious outpourings concerning Jesus does make one suspect a hint of sexual frustration somewhere in her psyche: This is not to say that I disbelieve what she has to say about the misdeeds within the church.

There have been a lot of revelations regarding how finances have been misappropriated, how poor and Dalit children have been discriminated against, and how priests have sexually harassed nuns, ladies of the congregation and even children for all of them to be fabrications.

Also, the instances of homosexuality within the nunnery seem to be disturbingly akin to the sexual power play mentioned by Desmond Morris among zoo animals. There is no flow to the language. The narrative moves in stops and jerks, with the author’s exhortations to Jesus interspersed with her cribbing about other nuns and descriptions of sexual escapades.

In one or two places, it even resembled porn – which I find out of a place in a book of this sort. Sep 22, Samir Dhond rated it liked it. In fact, I am sure this happens. I found the book shocking in pieces and not so shocking with some other details. Places of worship, regardless of the religion, are places that are run by Human Beings. They have feelings and they all need an outlet to express those feelings.

Amen: The autobiography of a nun

It would be very difficult to ignore them. Human mind works differently ameen several occasions. The book comes across as honest but slips into research mode at times. Half way through, I felt as if I was reading a report.

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The book keeps on reporting incidents after incidents. The book goes further and also articulates the side effects of those incidents on Sister Jesme. While that might be perfectly okay, the book drags in pace at places where such incidents are reported.

It does not seen to have a good flow. I must say autibiography her approach of teaching has been very innovative and courageous. In India, with a large percentage of illiteracy, it is imperative to adopt innovative approaches to facilitating education, especially when it comes to teaching others to read and write.

In India, we want teachers who offer freedom to their pupils and allow them to learn things on their own. The politics, the red tapism in institutions such as churches, etc. Wherever there are people, there would be politics. A church is no exception to that.

The book also talks exclusively about such politics, red tapism. Read the book for it offers an autobiogtaphy into the world of Nuns and of course, for sisterr bravery of Sister Jesme. Applaud her for her courage of conviction and confidence. Hats off to you Autoniography Jesme.

If you are reading this, please do respond. I would like to exchange notes with you. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, ajtobiography here. There are 2 sides to Amen.

First is, how is Amen as an entertainment medium and second is the subject matter. Sister Jesme, born inrealized that she wanted to spend her life in service to Jesus when she was in her late teens. She completed all those courses and compulsory tests that you are supposed to do if you want to beco There are 2 sides to Amen.


She completed all those courses and compulsory tests that you are supposed to do if you want to become a nun, sixter years and years apparently. After joining the Church as a nun, she realizes that things are not like she thought they would be. Sister Jesme was forced into a homo relationship with a sister and although everyone knew about it they did not object. In fact they encouraged her to co-operate for their peace of mind. She also states examples where a few priests are involved in sexual relationships with the nuns.

She also tells us that corruption is very common in schools and colleges run by the church. They ask for donations and many sisters harbor petty jealousies against other sisters. Sister Jesme was very outspoken on various issues such as donations among others which led to some of the senior sisters turning against or.

They perceived her as a threat. She gives a lot of examples and incidents to prove the point.

After some years, when she becomes the principle of a college, they try to remove her from the post by falsely accusing her of wrong doings. When that is unsuccessful, they try to get her admitted to a mental hospital and start treatments on her. Finally, she has enough and leaves the Congregation and goes into hiding. She is afraid that they will force her to come back and eventually prove that she is mentally unstable. The press comes to know about it and they question the congregation.

‘My story had to be told’ – The Hindu

They tell them that she is mentally unstable. This book is one more embarrassment to the Catholic Church in Kerala along with the string of incidents that splashed on South Indian newspapers recently. There was a Sister Abhaya Murder case in which two Catholic priests and a nun were arrested and the suicide case of a nun who was made to do all the chores in the convent and in the night she was sexually harassed by the head of the convent.

In march issue, X, no. The Autobiography of Sr Jesme: The confession of a prostitute. The cover carries a photograph of my body, across which are plastered my references to sex in the book, taken out of context.

A few corrupt priests and nuns should not be allowed to corrupt the entire church system. I hope the church instead of denying the charges and accusations, try to find out the guilty and make it safe for others. Now onto the point about how entertaining was the book. Honestly it was boring. But I finished it because I wanted to know what happened. The writing style is very novice and like reading history notes or something.

One incident blends into the other and before you try and understand what happened you are pulled into an entirely non-related incident.