An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mary Johnson

Narrated By: Mary Johnson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2011

Duration: 19 hours 16 minutes



An unforgettable spiritual autobiography about a search for meaning that begins alongside one of the great religious icons of our time and ends with a return to the secular world
At seventeen, Mary Johnson saw Mother Teresa’s face on the cover of Time and experienced her calling. Eighteen months later, she entered a convent in the South Bronx to begin her religious training. Not without difficulty, this bright, independent-minded Texas teenager eventually adapted to the sisters’ austere life of poverty and devotion, and in time became close to Mother Teresa herself.

Still, beneath the white and blue sari beat the heart of an ordinary young woman facing the struggles we all share—the desire for love and connection, meaning and identity. During her twenty years with the Missionaries of Charity, Sister Donata, as she was known, grappled with her faith, her sexuality, the politics of the order, and her complicated relationship with Mother Teresa. Eventually, she left the church to find her own path—one that led to love and herself.

Provocative, profound, and emotionally charged, An Unquenchable Thirst presents a rare, privileged view of  Mother Teresa. At the same time, it is a unique and magnificent memoir of self-discovery.


  • Anonymous

    I decided to check out this book because the idea of a young girl wanting to join a convent was something I knew nothing about. The book and the whole process and daily life of a missionary of service was eye opening and quite revealing. I loved the fact that the author was the reader, you could tell she was honest in story; her hurt, anger, suffering, loneliness, confusion and how conflicted she was about the policies and practices of the convent way of life. Some parts were a little graphic for me, so I just fast forwarded them, and it didn't impact the story. The story is powerful and thought provoking. Everyone needs love. Everyone needs understanding- Everyone needs God. I liked the book because I learned something that I didn't know before. But I also liked it because of Mary's struggle against good and evil and how she was able to work through her problems with faith.

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