Presenting a different view of spirituality and practice this afternoon is Mary Johnson, who, after twenty years as a sister within Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, left her order to start a new life. Her memoir, An Unquenchable Thirst (Spiegel & Grau), is an eloquent account of her struggles with her faith, her sexuality, and the politics of the order. "If I was Mary Johnson, I'd be bitter but there is no bitterness here. She writes from a place of deep lovethat unquenchable thirstand when she finally gives voice to it, you want to stand up and cheer. I wish the archbishops currently trying to muzzle American nuns would sit down and read this book at least three timesand weep." - Lesley Hazleton. In 2000, Mary Johnson and Darlene Chandler Bassett founded A Room of Her Own Foundation (www.aroomofherownfoundation.org), which supports women writers through retreats and awards.