Probably no group within the Church is more restless and confused about its role today than the women of the religious orders. And probably no group is so frequently offered irrelevancies and absurdities in place of sound, mature counsel--and that by well intentioned, but wholly unrealistic male celibates. This book is one of the few to appear since Vatican II that offers bread rather than a stone to the good sisters. Fathers Christoph and Evoy--authors of some reputation for their psychological studies of religious community life--treat every problematic area of life in the convent that centers around the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and the obligations of charity and prayer. In addition, there are some particularly pertinent chapters on troublesome Christian concepts, such as the notion of sin, the existence of hell, and the fact of death-all considered and presented with a view toward an exclusively feminine audience. This will be an excellent addition to every convent library, and a valuable work for confessors and spiritual directors.