A Thousand Years of Women's Spiritual Writings
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Many silent and forgotten voices are brought to life in this volume which presents the accumulated wisdom of women mystics, theologians, spiritual directors, poets, visionaries, mothers and activists over eleven centuries. The writers include a range from the 4th century Egeria of Spain to 20th names such as Simone Weil, Evelyn Underhill and Dorothy Day. Their concerns are broad ranging and they reflect on: Prayer, Family life, a woman's lot, suffering, comfort and consolation, women's ministry and its restrictions and more. All these varied voices are linked by a common thread: in every age women have sought authentic spiritual self expression. This anthology is an inspiration for all women today who are seeking opportunity to define and realise their charisma.
"This book introduced me to many writers I will look out for in future; I liked the short biographies which grounded the spiritual insights. (...) I found the book was best read in short, meditative chunks; it would be great as an accompaniment to prayer times for both men and women!" Alison Fulford, Home and Family, Autumn 2006.
"The anthology is a triumph, containing much that will rouse as well as amuse or give cause to ponder." Methodist Recorder, September 7, 2006.
"There is never time to read everyting that one wants to or even to know what to read and so this is a good, accessible, reasonably-priced introduction to writings from mystics, poets, diarists, saints and teachers which can be followed up as desired." Gloria Street, The Reader, Winter 2006, Vol.103, N°4.
"The short but useful biographies of some of the more obscure women will probably inspire you to seek out more of thier writings. All in all, there is much dwell on in this little paperback." Parish News, June 2007
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