Sister Jaguar's Journey

Non-Fiction - Memoir
252 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2017
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Author Biography

Sister Judy Bisignano, a Dominican nun, was born in Des Moines, IA and spent her adult life directing private and public schools in Tucson, AZ. After spending 68 years looking for God in all the wrong places, she finally found the peace and divine connection she was looking for in the Amazon rainforest.

Sandra Morse and her 11 siblings were raised in Yuma, AZ. She is a communications philosopher with a private practice in Tucson, AZ. She and her husband, Michael, have three children: Sophie, Elliott and Oren. Sandra conducts cultural immersion experiences in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. On a recent visit, Achuar elders publicly thanked and honored Sandra as “one of them.” They asked her to help them with projects related to education, reforestation, and health.

This story is unique because it describes how an angry, tormented nun searched for peace in all the wrong places for 68 years. Then, in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, suspended in time during a shamanic plant-healing ceremony, Sister Judy encountered the wrath of a black jaguar and finally understood that hope is as powerful as despair. There, in the Amazon jungle, among the Achuar and their sacred plant medicine and rituals, an American nun found God in the ancient, ancestral sacrament of ayahuasca.

"Grandmother" pushed Sister Jaguar's tormented humanness to truth. As she surrendered in silence, benevolence replaced all the malevolence she ever generated on earth. Grace diluted her anger and replaced her grief with peace. Pachamama whispered without words, "Welcome home, Sister Jaguar, welcome home."     

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Sister Jaguar's Journey by Judy Bisignano and Sandra C Morse is a fascinating memoir of one woman’s journey to herself. Meet Sister Judy Bisignano, a Dominican nun who spent many years looking for God, only to find Him in the most unlikely of places — the Amazon rainforest. Invited to visit the Achuar community in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, she meets people who helped her to reconnect with God and herself; she is introduced to the wisdom of the native people and their rituals and felt the irresistible call to face her past — abusive and troublesome. Join her as she walks the transforming path towards self-acceptance and inner peace.

Here is a story that is rich in its message, in its narrative aspects, and in the entertainment it offers. Apart from sharing one woman’s personal journey towards herself and her communion with God, Sister Jaguar's Journey explores very interesting themes and opens the eyes of readers to a healing culture, hidden in the Achuar community. This is a story loaded with both spiritual and personal lessons that will help readers embrace their own journey with courage. In an age when we easily feel left behind, mistreated, and ignored, this book comes in with a fresh perspective, encouraging readers to love themselves and to pursue what gives meaning to their lives. The writing is beautiful and it offers a lot of descriptions that situate readers in the context of the story. This book will transport readers to a place of transformation — both physical and spiritual. A gorgeous read.