Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong, a historian of religion, spent seven years in a Roman Catholic religious order; she has written about this experience in Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase. She is also the author of many books, including A History of God, The Great Transformation, and, most recently, The Bible: A Biography.

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    A Time to Keep Silence

    Patrick Leigh Fermor, considered by many to be the greatest living travel writer, chronicles his sojourns at some of Europe’s oldest and most celebrated monasteries in this meditation on the meaning of silence and solitude in modern life.