Riot Recommendation: Renegades of Religious Groups

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters On A Mission by Jo Piazza.

if nuns ruled the worldVeteran reporter Jo Piazza profiles ten extraordinary nuns and the causes to which they have dedicated their lives—from an eighty-three-year-old Ironman champion to a brave sister who rescues victims of human trafficking.

Meet Sister Simone Campbell, who traversed the United States challenging a Republican budget that threatened to severely undermine the well-being of poor Americans; Sister Megan Rice, who is willing to spend the rest of her life in prison if it helps eliminate nuclear weapons; and the inimitable Sister Jeannine Gramick, who is fighting for acceptance of gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church.

During a time when American nuns are under attack from the very institution to which they pledge, these sisters offer inspiring, provocative counterstories that are sure to spark debate.

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We do love stereotype-busting folks who defy the expectations of whatever groups they’ve joined (or been born into). Whether it’s a nun risking prison for politics, a preacher challenging the established church, or a believer losing her religion, we’re interested in characters (of fiction or non-fiction) who ask the big questions. So tell us: what are your favorite books about the renegades of religious groups? Let us know in the comments, and check back next week for a reading list!

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