At the age of 13, I became interested in religion and eventually felt the calling to become a nun. For nearly two decades, I walked in the footsteps of the nuns, hoping to one day join them.
When the time was finally right, I gave away all my things, said goodbye to family and friends, and boarded a plane to Taiwan where the nuns were holding a selection process for those interested in joining their lifestyle. I had full confidence that I would be chosen to stay and to live out my life-long calling.
However, much to my dismay and shock, I was denied entrance into the temple. The nuns urged me to return to my home in America, not saying much else, and assured me that my future there was very bright. Unappeased and utterly heartbroken, I went home. It was a hard season of pain for me-one that lasted much longer than I would've liked-but I eventually learned to accept my fate and later got married.
As a married woman, I realized one day that the things I had learned from the nuns were actually very beneficial towards my marriage. When faced with challenges, I realized I had the tools to overcome them. When others struggled in their relationships, I often knew the ways in which to help. The lessons I had gained from emulating the nuns were proving to be most useful in the home setting and I wanted to share everything I learned with other married women.
That is how the book, If Nuns Were Wives, came to be. I hope that the ways of the nuns can empower women to become their most compassionate, wise and happy selves. I also wish that families can remain intact and that children can grow up with both sets of parents in a safe and nurturing environment.