At seventeen, Mary Johnson read an article in Time magazine about Mother Teresa and felt called to join her work as a sister in the Missionaries of Charity. Johnson’s memoir, "An Unquenchable Thirst" tells of her faith journey and of working directly with Mother Teresa as Johnson, called Sister Donata, was stationed in Rome, Winipeg, the South Bronx, and Washington D.C.

In this part spiritual memoir, part coming-of-age story, Johnson writes openly and honestly about her longing for connection, her struggles with faith, and her search for knowledge, a combination that ultimately lead her to leave the order after serving for twenty years. Both engaging and heart-felt, this book reads like a novel while examining Johnson’s simple and profound struggles and accomplishments.

Today, Johnson is married and has co-founded a women’s writing retreat, AROHO, named after Virginia Woolf’s essay, "A Room of Her Own". She works as a teacher and public speaker. What are you reading? Send me your recommendations! Email is best: devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us. I look forward to hearing from you!