In This House of Brede

In This House of Brede

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“A novel of sensitive dedication.” —The Atlantic Monthly
“Rumer Godden deals precisely with the theme of the religious life . . . as representing ‘the heart of holiness of the Church.’ It is at once a life of great peace and often equally intense struggle.” —America magazine
This extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community. In this gripping narrative of the crises surrounding the ancient Brede abbey, Rumer Godden penetrates to the mysterious, inner heart of a religious community—a place of complexity and conflict, as well as joy and love. It is a place where Philippa, to her own surprise and her friends’ astonishment, finds her life by losing it.

In This House of Brede, which served as the basis for a 1975 made-for-television movie, is an extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life. The story, written by Rumer Godden, centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community.
This edition of In This House of Brede includes an introduction by best-selling Christian writer Phyllis Tickle, as well as discussion questions designed to help deepen the reading experience for both individuals and reading groups.


Baker & Taylor
Phillippa Talbot leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community in this insightful portrait of religious life. Reissue.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Loyola Press, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780829421286
0829421289
Branch Call Number: FIC Godden, R 2005
Characteristics: xi, 656 pages ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Tickle, Phyllis

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jaybarksdale Nov 17, 2012

If you liked this, you might try Sylvia Townsend Warner's The Corner that Held Them. It too is of life in a convent, but in 14th century England. A very different book from a very very different writer.

http://catalog.nypl.org/record=b17985780~S1

patienceandfortitude Oct 15, 2012

This is a fast moving novel about the lives of a community of nuns in a Benedictine monastery, just prior to and after Vatican II. It is a wonderful read, chock full of insight. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a little understanding about a unique way of living out one's faith.

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chgarland
Apr 26, 2011

This is a lovely novel, the story of a woman who gave up her "beautifully arranged" life for the sake of God. The author describes life in a Benedictine monastery as a great wheel of work and prayer, making this life seem very beautiful indeed. It was most interesting to compare this novel with the memoir "I leap over the wall" by Monica Baldwin, to learn that unless you are truly called to this life by God, you will not make it all the way through.

The ultimate lesson, "Nothing but the whole is good enough for God," is drawn through the whole book with lovely writing, multiple points of view, and backing and forthing through time. I could have done without Dame Veronica's story, but I suppose even that was ultimately necessary to the entire tale.

Altogether this is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it.

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"They had made her give herself away--and at once the inevitable answer came back. Isn't that what you came for? To give yourself away? She remembered her Solemn Profession, her vows and the moment when she had lain before the altar--a holocaust. A little thing, thought Philippa, but the greatest thing anyone can give: yourself"

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