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Title:
Lapsed (MP3)
Written by:
Monica Dux 
Read by:
Monica Dux 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
10 hours 3 minutes 
MP3 size:
441 MB 
Published:
July 01 2021 
Available Date:
July 01 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781867544753 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Memoirs 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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With wry humour and razor-sharp observations, Lapsed is the story of one woman's attempt to exorcise her religious upbringing.

Losing your religion is harder than it looks ... From devout ten-year-old performing the part of Jesus in a primary school play to blaspheming, undergraduate atheist, Monica Dux and her attitude to the Catholic Church changed profoundly over a decade. Eventually, she calmed down and was just 'lapsed'. Then, on a family trip to Rome, her young daughter expressed a desire to be baptised. Monica found herself re-examining her own childhood and how Catholicism had shaped her. Was it really out of her system or was it in her blood for life? In Lapsed, Monica sets out to find the answer. Her investigations lead her to test a miracle cure in Lourdes and visit the grave of a headless Saint who claimed to be married to Christ (and wore a wedding ring made of his foreskin to prove it). She speaks to canon lawyers, abuse survivors and even a nun who insists that the Virgin Mary starts her car every morning.

'Enlightening, forensic and laugh-out-loud funny.'
Jane Caro

'A frank, funny and heartfelt exorcism of our need to believe in a man in the sky.'
Shaun Micallef