Do sexual harassment and angels, civil rights and auras, a precedent-setting federal ruling and mystical awakening even go together? They do in Monica McDowell's riveting, stranger-than-fiction true story, My Karma Ran Over My Dogma: Lessons Learned by a Whistle-Blowing Minister Turned Mystic.
With a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in her back pocket, Monica lands her dream job at a Seattle Presbyterian church, only to find that within days, the senior minister is sexually harassing her. It all goes rapidly downhill from there, faster than you can spell l-a-w-s-u-i-t. But long before Monica is finally victorious as the first ordained minister in the country ever granted civil rights, her life takes another twisting turn — this time towards the bizarre. Like a mangy dog draws fleas, Monica starts attracting unusual mystical experiences, convincing her she’s about to win a one-way ticket to the local mental ward. From angels who take a keen interest in her on-going legal case to spontaneous healings that scare the bejeezus out of her but restore her stress-devastated body to health, Monica humorously tries to make sense of it all as she is catapulted into mystery beyond her wildest imaginings.
With real-life drama that includes 9/11, the Nisqually Earthquake, and Julie from The Love Boat, Monica adeptly turns this dark tale of institutional injustice into lighthearted fare. Deeply challenging to conventional understandings of “the way things work,” ultimately, this page-turning saga is an inspirational memoir of a truth so strong and a love so large, no one can be unchanged in the reading of it.
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