Sister Jesme, born , is an academic from Kerala, India. She resigned from her post as of a Nun, Indian Express reviewing the book states that the book ” details the humiliation, “Amen: The autobiography of a nun by Sister Jesme”. Amen autobiography of Sister Jesme is a thrilling read. Sex, money and power struggle – her book, rather her life had all the elements which. Sister Jesme on why she wrote that controversial book Amen.

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But the book cannot be brushed away completely. So they can’t hear the confessions and conduct many other rites like the priests who are males and who even enjoy the luxury of drinking liquor. May 23, Anil Swarup rated booj really liked it. It is an eye opener of sorts when you read about corruption, neopotism, and sexual harassment inside the congregation, but is not all honest to the core is a kind of feeling one might have.

Yikes, thanks for your honesty. Above all, the book brings to fore an important point of gender inequality. Also, the events suddenly jump into our face without proper explanation. Who has spoken about sexual harassment? 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 just rambles on and on with one phase of life flowing into the other without a pause. Sister Jesme was quite a senior teacher within the faculty of the Catholic colleges within my hometown of Thrissur in Kerala, jemse as Vice Principal in one institution Vimala College and Principal in another St.

There are 2 sides to Amen. And in the small town of Cochin where she lived in those days, it must have lasted just a couple of weeks!

Amen: The autobiography of a nun by Sister Jesme

I couldn’t go out of my place of hiding for sometime. This is not to say that I disbelieve what she has to say about the misdeeds within the church.

However her conversation with Jesus seems a little ‘haywire’ if not totally irrational. Sisyer is afraid that they will force her to come back and eventually prove that she is mentally unstable.

She also tells us that corruption is very common in schools and colleges run by the church. It’s hard for me to believe that one person never makes any mistakes. Sexual starvation is no excuse for forced sex. The author herself admits in Book Review — Amen: If only to defend herself.

She completed all those courses and compulsory tests that you are supposed to do if you want to become a nun, for years and years apparently. It is written in present tensea flashback while she’s on the train as a fugitive, just about to hand over her resignation.


Jun 23, Joe rated it it was amazing. I hope there will be a change for better.

She has exposed the cruel face of Christian priests. People have already started losing faith in the intermediaries of God.

Amen: The autobiography of a nun

DC Books; 15 edition 21 March Language: But I finished it because I wanted to know what happened. According to Sister Anita, when she complained to the Mother Superior, she was reprimanded, isolated and soon shipped to Italy.

They tell them that she is mentally unstable.

The book talks about the degradation of the religious christian institutions in Kerela – not the globe. But I finished it because I wanted to know what happened. Return to Book Page. A life of sermonizing and spiritual marketingsisetr of them leading a fradulent life unintrested in practising what they preach.

Issues that should not have happened to anyone. Please try sjster later. There are many people who get sucked in, but there are very few who finally find their way out. But do come back and tell me what you think of the book.