This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters On A Mission by Jo Piazza.
Veteran 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.
We asked for your favorite books about renegades and rebels of religious groups, from nuns arrested for their politics to preachers losing their religion. Get ready, get set, get reading:
Memoirs of a Bookbat by Kathryn Lasky
Godless by Pete Hautman
Illuminations by Mary Sharratt
Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Nun Shall Pass: The Sister Ingalls Story (not real, but worth a mention)
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Escape by Carolyn Jessup
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hassidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Love Wins by Rob Bell
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisjeux
The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Blankets by Craig Thompson
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver