A Spiritual Tradition
Author: Joan Chittister
With rare skill, Sr. Joan explores the sacred dimension of friendship through the lens of faith, tradition, Scripture, and the often-overlooked experience of women. Interwoven with the stunning icons of Benedictine oblate Marcie Bircher, she recovers are reclaims the witness and wisdom of such women as Lydia, Prisca, Phoebe, Martha, Veronica, Elizabeth, Anne, Mary Magdalene, and those gathered at the foot of Christ.
The Image of a Woman Through the Centuries
Author: Ingrid Maisch
Publisher: Liturgical Press
No other female image has been so strongly influenced by the culture and history of past European centuries as Mary Magdalene. From ancient times to the present, Mary Magdalene has been a summary image of the feminine in each era. Despised as a sinner, revered as a saint, admired as a model disciple, Mary Magdalene became the symbol of al women whose fate she shared throughout history: honored, defamed, pushed to the margins, elevated to unreality, and degraded. Ingrid Maisch examines Mary Magdalene's life from the perspectives of the biblical witnesses through Christian Gnosticism, the early Church interpreters, the Middle Ages to the present. She shows that while the biblical Mary Magdalene still had a leading role in the Jesus movement, in the Middle Ages she gradually became a saint held up to console sin-conscious Christians. In the Reformation and the baroque era, she was seen primarily as a penitent, then as an image of melancholy and resignation. Bourgeois modernity adopted the secularized figure of the Magdalene as a tool for social criticism, especially regarding the treatment of women. In recent decades critical exegesis of the biblical texts and feminist theology revealed another image of Mary Magdalene: the first witness of the Resurrection. Mary Magdalene is one of the great women of the Bible, yet attitudes toward her in the Church and in art, history, and society have wavered between veneration of her as a saint and curiosity about her sinful" past. In Mary Magdalene Ingrid Maisch stresses that reflecting on Mary Magdalene means not only looking behind the history of the influence of the woman from Magdala but also inquiring about women in general, for the image of Mary Magdalene in every era is an indicator of the image borne by women at the time. Chapters are "Mary Magdalene in the New Testament," "The Heiress of the Empire of Light: The Gnostic Mary Magdalene," "Mary Magdalene as Interpreted by the Medieval Mystics," "Mary Magdalene as Saint: The Middle Ages," "The Penitent Magdalene: A Symbol of the BaroqueEra," "Mary Magdalene Between Religion and Aesthetics," "A Peal More Precious than al Others: Magdalene in Brentano's Jesus-Novel," "The Fallen Woman, the Noble Courtesan," "The Woman at Jesus' Feet: Mary Magdalene in Modern Spiritual Poetry," "The 'sinful Magdalene from Bethany': The Confused Image Today," and "Freed from Sins, Demons, and Subjection." Includes eight pages of full color images of Mary Magdalene from earliest to most recent times. "
Author: Barbara Caine
There has been an increasing interest in the meaning and importance of friendship in recent years, particularly in the West. However, the history of friendship, and the ways in which it has changed over time, have rarely been examined. Friendship: A History traces the development of friendship in Europe from the Hellenistic period to today. The book brings together a range of essays that examine the language of friendship and its significance in terms of ethics, social institutions, religious organizations and political alliances. The essays study the works of classical and contemporary authors to explore the role of friendship in Western philosophy. Ranging from renaissance friendships to Christian and secular friendships and from women’s writing to the role of class and sex in friendships, Friendship: A History will be invaluable to students and scholars of social history.
Resisting the Forces of Neoliberalism
Author: Todd May
Publisher: Lexington Books
This is the first book not only to detail the relationships neoliberalism encourages us to have but also to see how friendship can provide a bulwark of resistance to it. Written in an engaging style, it will be understandable to political theorists, philosophers, social scientists, and cultural theorists.
Naomi and Ruth as Models for Relationship
Author: Marjory Zoet Bankson
Publisher: Innisfree Press
"An intense, complex book -- worthy of a high recommendation." -- "Bookstore Journal" What do we need from a friend? It depends on what "season" of our life we're in, proposes Marjory Bankson. In spring, we need friends to nurture our new growth; in summer we gravitate toward friends who invite us to play; in autumn, we gather with friends to celebrate life's "harvest"; in winter, we are drawn to friends to walk with us in silence. Starting from this premise that our friendship needs vary with the changing seasons of our lives, Bankson explores the contemporary relevance of the biblical story of Naomi and Ruth -- two women who stood together through marriages and moves, death, and displacement. Each chapter includes journaling questions for reflection and discussion.
Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women
Author: Susan Cahill
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Gathers poems, essays, prayers, letters, and memoirs by women from various spiritual backgrounds, from Ishtar of Babylonia, to contemporary poet Lucille Clifton
Hidden Solidarities Today
Author: Liz Spencer,Ray Pahl
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
From Aristotle to contemporary soap operas, friendship has always been a subject of fascination. But scholarly investigation of the broad social relevance of friendship has been neglected. Rethinking Friendship describes the varied nature of personal relationships today, and also locates friendship in contemporary debates about individualization and the supposed "collapse of community." Exploring friendships with partners and family as well as "friends," the book reveals ways in which friends and friendlike ties are an important and unacknowledged source of social glue. Using a rigorous analysis of in-depth interviews, the authors develop a set of innovative concepts--friendship repertoires (the range of friendships people have); friendship modes (the way people make and maintain friendships over time); and patterns of suffusion (the extent to which boundaries between friends and family become blurred). These concepts form the basis of a typology of personal communities that vary in the roles played by friends, family, partners, and neighbors. Combining scholarly depth and rich description, this absorbing and accessible book will appeal to all those interested in informal social relationships, including students of methodology and policymakers. With its challenge to pessimistic commentators, Rethinking Friendship urges us to resist sweeping generalizations and to acknowledge the sheer diversity of social life today.
The Beauty and Power of God's Plan for Us
Author: Dee Brestin
Publisher: David C Cook
In The Friendships of Women, Dee Brestin encourages you to listen to your need for friendships and to find and strengthen those relationships. Relying on key biblical stories, Dee explores what the story of Ruth teaches us about "rapport talk," how Luke celebrates the power of women's intuition, and what we can learn about avoiding unhealthy dependency from one of the most significant friendships in the Old Testament. With a passion borne from an intense belief in the power of friendship, Dee guides your relationships to new levels of intimacy and trust. Engaging, honest, and deeply personal, The Friendships of Women will inspire you to see your desire for friendship not as a burden but as a gift.
Author: Joan Chittister
This is an elegant book, glorious four-color art of John August Swanson, and the reflective insights of Joan Chittister. Based on the verse from Ecclesiastes 3, this glossy book gives a chapter to each verse.
Author: Joan Chittister
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Everyone longs to be happy, yet many wrongly believe that happiness comes from having enough money, fame, personal comfort, worldly success, or even dumb luck. Happiness all too often seems to be an elusive, arbitrary thing -- something that is always just out of reach. Joan Chittister sees happiness differently -- as a personal quality to be learned, mastered, and fearlessly wielded. In Happiness she embarks on a "great happiness dig" through sociology, biology, neurology, psychology, philosophy, history, and world religions to develop "an archaeology of happiness." Sifting through the wisdom of the ages, Chittister offers inspiring insights that will help seekers everywhere cultivate true and lasting happiness within.
Author: Nick Cave
Publisher: Canongate Books
The earliest of the four Gospels, the book portrays Jesus as an enigmatic figure, struggling with enemies, his inner and external demons, and with his devoted but disconcerted disciples. Unlike other gospels, his parables are obscure, to be explained secretly to his followers. With an introduction by Nick Cave
A Story Behind Every Door
Author: Linda K. Colbert
Publisher: WestBow Press
Sometimes the overwhelming pressures of your life will cause you to believe that you are the only one who is being pushed, knocked down, and defeated by one dreadful event after another. Nevertheless, no one is exempt from hurt. Women from their earliest existence to the present time have experienced some of the most distressing, heartbreaking, devastating, and traumatizing events imaginable. Yet, they survived and came through stronger, more determined, more capable, and more productive than ever! What was their secret? The Struggles of Unloved Women tells the stories of ten extraordinary biblical women who triumphed, and even failed, through lifes circumstances. Each of them, have their own unique personalities and experiences. However, their stories are not uncommon. Many women have struggled through similar, if not the same, life events. Still, when the struggles are over, the questions we must ask are, What lessons did we learn? Did we emerge from our trials, better or bitter?
Engaging the Mystery of Friendship Between Men and Women
Author: Dan Brennan
Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions offers a compelling case for Christian men and women to move beyond the fears of sexuality and open themselves to deeper friendships.
Women's Stories in the Hebrew Bible
Author: Alice Ogden Bellis
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This best-selling book, now revised and updated, shares the work of many feminist biblical scholars who have examined women's stories for several years. These stories are powerful accounts of women in the Old Testament--stories that have profoundly affected how women understand themselves as well as men's perception of them. Here, Alice Bellis shares the research of feminist biblical scholarship during a quarter of a century, which renders a vast amount of refreshing, exciting, sometimes disturbing material.
Conversations With God's Chosen Women
Author: Lindsay Hardin Freeman,Karen N. Canton
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
The Scarlet Cord: Conversations With God s Chosen Women tells the story of biblical women in a new way, drawing the reader further down her spiritual path and closer to Christ. And here is why: for too long, women in the Bible have been demonized, sanctified or simply misunderstood, leaving highly stereotyped figures in their wake. As a result, passionate, faithful and bright individuals, from Eve to Ruth to Mary Magdalene, have lost meaning for many contemporary Christians and non-Christians alike. Here, through storytelling and artwork, twelve compelling women of the Bible invite readers to step further into the sacred circle of God s people, deepening their faith and joy in all of creation. That circle offers more than peace. It offers health, healing, and the knowledge that other women have also trod broken and jagged paths in their search for wholeness. By taking this step, the reader will discover that challenges experienced by biblical women are not so different from her own, including infertility, warfare, hunger, old age, grief and sexual conflict.
Models of discipleship
Author: Margaret Ghosn
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Encounters between Jesus and Women offers both biblical study and reflective input into each woman that Jesus encountered in the Gospel tradition. Beginning with Mary of Nazareth, the book provides a chapter by chapter insight into each of the women in the Gospel and what the account says about God's relationship with women, women's choices, their expression of faith and their interpretation of discipleship. Each chapter ends with a prayer, capturing the essence of the relationship between Jesus and women. The book is easy to read, written with a wide readership in mind. It invites people today to re-read the Gospel passages with a view to deepen their understanding of the role of women within Christian circles. The encounters of these women with Jesus challenges us to reconsider the current role of women in the Church, the possibility of new ministries for women, the need for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, the importance of hospitality and pastoral care.
Four Women Who Shaped Christianity
Author: Elizabeth A. Dreyer,Joan Chittister
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Four women--Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Thérèse of Lisieux--have been honored with the title "Doctor of the Church." But what does that title mean and what do these women mean for us today? Elizabeth Dreyer examines the history-changing effect each of their unique theologies have had on our Church and our world. She explains how our understanding of the cross, the incarnation of the Holy Spirit, and the human person have been enhanced by the work of these women. They may not have planned to be thought of as theologians, but reading about their lives, teaching, and writings will have a profound effect on how you live your faith.
Wisdom from the Desert Monastics
Author: Joan Chittister, OSB
Publisher: Franciscan Media
The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life. Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today. This popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.
The Girls and Women of the Bible
Author: Jane Yolen,Barbara Diamond Goldin
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Old Testament stories center around men. Leaders, prophets, kings, and priests are all male. But hidden in the background are strong-willed, daring females. Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin's masterful retellings pairs eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? From first woman, Eve, to Deborah the judge, to Queen Esther, savior of her people, females in the Hebrew bible are resourceful and courageous. Each chapter is devoted to a single story with text complemented by sidebars, known in Jewish tradition as "midrashim," that pose questions, provide more information, and include nondenominational interpretations. "A much-needed, thoughtful updating of Bible stories about women" — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW) "A solid source of study and reflection for libraries with religious patrons" — School Library Journal "Each chapter features a lovely full-page piece of artwork" — Booklist
A Woman's Novena
Author: Joan Chittister
Biographies, lessons, intercessions, and prayers from women of faith inspire this contemporary, devotional prayer book.