New Memoir Helps Readers Overcome Their Guilt

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Author Patty Kogutek shares her spiritual journey of leaving her life as a nun behind

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“Between the years of 1965-2005, half of the 67 million Catholics in the U.S. have stopped attending Church regularly,” says Patty Kogutek, author of the new book “A Change of Habit: A Spiritual Journey From Sister Mary Kateri To Sister Mary Vodka” (published by Balboa Press). “There are over 111,000 nuns that dropped out of convents during that time also….all of them guilt ridden souls trying to find God.” Having lived through just such a situation, Kogutek delivers her memoir, exploring her reasons for her decision and offering readers respite from the guilt they may feel from living through similar ordeals.

“A Change of Habit” recounts Kogutek’s spiritual journey. As she explains, it all started when “a religious eddy” ostensibly forced her to join a convent. Although she remained in the convent for seven years, Kogutek left that life behind to begin the difficult journey of shedding the habits – what she calls the “debilitating patterns” – instilled in her during the time she spent married to God.

Kogutek assures readers that her story is relatable and accessible, and that it will pique their curiosity. “Anyone struggling to ‘do the right thing’ will resonate with my struggles. The mystery of what goes on ‘behind the closed doors of the convent’ unveils many answers that inquiring minds want to know!”

“I write as a call to action, moving others to honestly and continuously reflect on their own situations and bravely act to promote and protect their own power and happiness,” says Kogutek. “It’s a story of love, searching, change, responsibility, and hope.”

About the Author
A Catholic nun for seven years, Patty Kogutek knows about life behind the convent walls. After leaving religious life, she earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California. Kogutek is on the board of North Valley Hospital Foundation and works with the Authors of the Flathead. She and her husband now split their time between Arizona and Montana.

Balboa Press, a division Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.


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