Ann Temkin


The Smoking Nun

Sight In The Sandstorm: Jesus in His World and Mine

Ann J. Temkin was born into many traditions yet raised in none. She is half Jewish/half Gentile, a former Catholic nun, and an ordained Protestant[WS1] minister. Her long spiritual journey has been marked by wrestling with hard questions, dissatisfaction with easy answers, a deep yearning for the living God, a passion for social justice and concern for the marginalized, the invisible, and the oppressed.

The Smoking Nun is a memoir covering the Catholic period of Ann’s journey and exposing a secret love, difficult decisions, dark times and new light and life. Some would call it a #me too story of pain and recovery. Ann’s first book, Sight In The Sandstorm: Jesus in His World and Mine, is part memoir and part dramatic depiction of the troubled times in which Jesus lived.

Ann believes that God is always more than we can understand, imagine or experience. She is happiest among the questions and the questioners, walking with the wounded and shut out, testifying to both the depth of the human struggle and the extravagant love of God.

Ann is a complex person with academic credentials and a depth of understanding, but her books speak most strongly from her heart.

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