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Publisher Comments:

From the editors of the Sweet Breathing of Plants, a new anthology of women's writing on faith and spirituality

From the vantage points of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, the writings gathered here describe a vast range of spiritual searches and encounters. Sy Montgomery writes about shamans, Terry Tempest Williams about her Mormon heritage, and Starhawk about witchcraft. Mary Gordon captures the attractions of the contemplative life. Ursula Le Guin speaks about the feminine aspects of the Tao te Ching. Jane Goodall reflects on the symbiosis of science and religion after experiencing an ecstatic loss of self in the company of chimpanzees. Facet by facet, these essays and poems--by Molly Peacock, Anne Sexton, Kathleen Norris, Diane Ackerman, and Joy Harjo, among others--reveal and celebrate the special relationship of women to the spiritual realm in a volume that will comfort, provoke, and inspire.

Review:

"From Judith Roche's poem about angels to Mohja Kahf's reflections on growing up Muslim in Indiana and New Jersey, this collection on feminine spirituality is eloquent, elegant and satisfyingly multicultural. Established literary luminaries, like Mary Gordon, are found alongside more obscure but equally skilled writers like Suzanne Edison. As in the editors' previous anthology, The Sweet Breathing of Plants, many of the pieces gathered here connect the natural and spiritual worlds. (This is perhaps best exemplified by the excerpt from Terry Tempest Williams's Refuge, which draws together reflections on Mormonism and the Great Salt Lake, and by the short, astounding 'Epiphany,' in which the late poet Pem Kremer writes, 'she saw You once as prairie grass.... She says when she can't pray/She calls up prairie grass.') The volume also seeks the spiritual in the everyday: Susan Biskeborn grounds her reflections on God in conversations held with her toddler daughter, while Catherine Johnson has an epiphany at a Parisian metro stop. A final section on 'Practicing' shows women investigating spiritual disciplines as diverse as Quaker silence and Wiccan craft rituals. The collection is tarnished by the predictable, but nonetheless disappointing, under-representation of women representing more conservative religious communities — evangelical Protestantism, Orthodox Judaism, etc. Even so, readers hungry for feminine spirituality investigated with literary flair will find a feast. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Linda Hogan has published several books of poetry, essays, and fiction. Brenda Peterson is the author of three novels, two collections of essays, and a memoir. They live, respectively, in Colorado and Seattle.

Table of Contents

Preface

Heritage and Beyond

Around the Ka'ba and Over the Crick, Mohja Kahf

From Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams

Yemaya, Flor Fernandez Barrios

Wonder Voyages, Barbara Sjoholm

Where the Past Takes Us, Colleen J. McElroy

Shall We Gather at the River?, Brenda Peterson

Where I Come from Is Like This, Paula Gunn Allen

Women of God, Mary Gordon

Ramadan Redux, Susanne Pari

God the Mother

What Became of God the Mother?, Elaine H. Pagels

Looking Back at Lot's Wife, Rebecca Goldstein

The Medicine Woman's Daughter, Anita Endrezze

Shoplifting for Jesus, Marlene Blessing

Songline of Dawn, Joy Harjo

Native Origin, Beth Brant

Resurrection, Suzanne Edison

Have You Forgotten? I Am Your Mother, Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Holy Land0, Naomi Shihab Nye

At One with the World

The Possible Suffering of a God During Creation, Pattiann Rogers

Shamans, Sy Montgomery

Poamoho, Alison Hawthorne Deming

Healing, Jane Goodall with Phillip Berman

Imagining the Divine, Diane Ackerman

The Great Without, Linda Hogan

Cargo, Amy Schuring

Initiation, Kim Chernin

God in the Art of the Everyday

The Sound of Grace, Catherine Johnson

Rapture, Rita Kiefer

"Under My Napkin? In Sky? In Trees?", Susan Biskeborn

The Soul House, Molly Peacock

Spirit Matters, Demetria Martinez

Light, Linda Hogan

The Feminine and the Tao: A Dialogue with Ursula K. Le Guin, Brenda Peterson

The Angels, Judith Roche

Practicing

Treatise on Narcissism, Evil, Good, Free Will and the Persistence of the Idea of the Self, Marilyn Krysl

Taking Vows, Kate Wheeler

Breathing the Ancestors, Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez

Ordinary Mysticism, Elizabeth Carothers Herron

f0Silence, Sharman Apt Russell

Witchcraft and Women's Culture, Starhawk

Re-Vamping the World, Deena Metzger

Hi'iaka Chanting, Haunani-Kay Trask

About the Contributors

Acknowledgments


Product Details

ISBN:
9780865475588
Subtitle:
Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism, and Awakening
Editor:
Hogan, Linda; Peterson, Brenda
Editor:
Hogan, Linda
Editor:
Peterson, Brenda
Editor:
Hogan, Linda; Peterson, Brenda
Editor:
Peterson, Brenda
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Spirituality - Women's
Subject:
Women and religion
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Spiritual biography
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
200120A
Publication Date:
20040818
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.28x6.34x1.01 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From Judith Roche's poem about angels to Mohja Kahf's reflections on growing up Muslim in Indiana and New Jersey, this collection on feminine spirituality is eloquent, elegant and satisfyingly multicultural. Established literary luminaries, like Mary Gordon, are found alongside more obscure but equally skilled writers like Suzanne Edison. As in the editors' previous anthology, The Sweet Breathing of Plants, many of the pieces gathered here connect the natural and spiritual worlds. (This is perhaps best exemplified by the excerpt from Terry Tempest Williams's Refuge, which draws together reflections on Mormonism and the Great Salt Lake, and by the short, astounding 'Epiphany,' in which the late poet Pem Kremer writes, 'she saw You once as prairie grass.... She says when she can't pray/She calls up prairie grass.') The volume also seeks the spiritual in the everyday: Susan Biskeborn grounds her reflections on God in conversations held with her toddler daughter, while Catherine Johnson has an epiphany at a Parisian metro stop. A final section on 'Practicing' shows women investigating spiritual disciplines as diverse as Quaker silence and Wiccan craft rituals. The collection is tarnished by the predictable, but nonetheless disappointing, under-representation of women representing more conservative religious communities — evangelical Protestantism, Orthodox Judaism, etc. Even so, readers hungry for feminine spirituality investigated with literary flair will find a feast. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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