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An Unquenchable Thirst
by: Mary Johnson
"Over the ten years it took to write An Unquenchable Thirst, I worked to tell my story with as much honesty, skill, and compassion as I could muster." -Mary Johnson
An Unquenchable Thirst is a powerful, unforgettable spiritual biography about a woman’s coming-of-age and her search for her true identity. With vivid testimony, Mary Johnson traces the yearnings, doubts, and revelations from her 20-year tenure as a nun within Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity to her return to the secular world. Mary’s remarkable journey of self discovery—her magnetic pull to love, her search for understanding and identity—renders this story universal in scope and is sure to leave an indelible mark upon readers. Now available in paperback, this edition includes questions for reading groups as well as a wonderful conversation between Johnson and Mira Bartók.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mary Johnson moved with her family to Beaumont, Texas at the age of twelve. After completing a year at the University of Texas, she joined the Missionaries of Charity, commonly known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, where she worked with the poor in the South Bronx, Washington DC, Winnipeg, and Rome. With the trust of Mother Teresa she rose quickly in the ranks and was sent to study theology at Regina Mundi, a pontifical institute aggregated to the Gregorian University in Rome, where she received a diploma in religious studies. For twenty years, as Sister Donata, Mary Johnson served as a Missionary of Charity until she left her life as a nun in 1997. She went on to complete a BA in English, at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. A respected teacher and public speaker, she has been named a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony. Her desire to write her story was the initial impetus behind the A Room of Her Own Foundation. She lives in New Hampshire.