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The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Plus)

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"I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised, and, in fact, a little terrified, when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening." --Sue Monk Kidd

For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, Kidd experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, author of When the Heart Waits tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women- one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women's experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life- her marriage, her career, and her religion.

This Plus edition paperback includes a recent interview with the author conducted by the book's editor Michael Maudlin.

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Sue Monk Kidd was a "conventionally religious, churchgoing woman, a traditional wife and mother" until she began to question her role as a woman in her culture, her family, and her church. Kidd takes readers through the fear, anger, healing, and transformation of her awakening. This PLUS edition includes an interview with the author and a study guide.

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The acclaimed spiritual memoir from the author of The Secret Life of Bees

I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised and, in fact, a little terrified when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening.

Sue Monk was a conventionally religious, churchgoing woman, a traditional wife and mother with a thriving career as a Christian writer until she began to question her role as a woman in her culture, her family, and her church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore to monastery retreats and rituals in the caves of Crete, Kidd takes readers through the fear, anger, healing, and transformation of her awakening. Retaining a meaningful connection with the deep song of Christianity, she opens the door for traditional Christian women to discover a spirituality that speaks directly to them and provides inspiring wisdom for all who struggle to embrace their full humanity.

About the Author

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the bestselling novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, as well as the award-winning The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and God's Joyful Surprise.

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Helga, August 16, 2013 (view all comments by Helga)
I adored this book, it is a book you will continue to pick up and enjoy again and again. if it doesn't speak to you right at the first few pages, it probably isn't time to read it. But if you are drawn in, you will be relieved that someone has finally written down your deepest story, your discomfort with organized religion will suddenly be explained, and your journey will be validated in the most beautiful of ways!
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leahfarmer76, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by leahfarmer76)
Many fans of "The Secret Life of Bees" or "The Mermaid's Chair" don't know that before she wrote those lovely novels, Sue Monk Kidd was a Christian author and teacher. In "Dance of the Dissident Daughter" Monk-Kidd explores the Feminine Divine throughout history as she begins to question her own doubts about the traditions of patriarchy in the Christian church. She does this with humility and expresses all the angst that accompanies a life and thought change of this magnitude.

For me this book was a life changer. Someone finally wrote some of what I had been thinking. As a Preacher's daughter, raised in a very strict upbringing, I have been pushing away from it most of my life. Monk-Kidd's book empowered me to ask the questions I needed to ask and take the next steps in my personal journey.
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Celene, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Celene)
This book was spiritually life altering for me. I always had questions about traditional Christianity values, practices and beliefs. Nothing made complete sense and I always felt as if I was missing something very important that would meld all the pieces together to form a faith for me. I found the path to my answer through this book. I found my way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061144905
Author:
Kidd, Sue Monk
Publisher:
HarperOne
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by Sue Monk Kidd
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Bradbury, Ray
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Olsen, Mary-Kate
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Ashley
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Women
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Feminism
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Feminists
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Spirituality - General
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Personal Memoirs
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Spirituality
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Spiritual biography -- United States.
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Feminists -- United States.
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Movie or Television Tie-In
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General Fiction
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Biography - General
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Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Plus
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.00x5.40x.68 in. .44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Sue Monk Kidd was a "conventionally religious, churchgoing woman, a traditional wife and mother" until she began to question her role as a woman in her culture, her family, and her church. Kidd takes readers through the fear, anger, healing, and transformation of her awakening. This PLUS edition includes an interview with the author and a study guide.
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed spiritual memoir from the author of The Secret Life of Bees

I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised and, in fact, a little terrified when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening.

Sue Monk was a conventionally religious, churchgoing woman, a traditional wife and mother with a thriving career as a Christian writer until she began to question her role as a woman in her culture, her family, and her church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore to monastery retreats and rituals in the caves of Crete, Kidd takes readers through the fear, anger, healing, and transformation of her awakening. Retaining a meaningful connection with the deep song of Christianity, she opens the door for traditional Christian women to discover a spirituality that speaks directly to them and provides inspiring wisdom for all who struggle to embrace their full humanity.

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