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book cover image Claire Rudolf Murphy, Meghan Nuttall Sayres, Mary Cronk Farrell, Sarah Conover, and Betsy Wharton: "Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions" (2005)

Skylight Paths Publishing's book description:

How would the most cherished stories of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam be different if women were the active central figures?

This ground-breaking collection of [18] short stories brings to life the women—daring, brave, thoughtful, and wise—who played important and exciting roles in the early days of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Join Esther as she stands against injustice and her king to save her people, Aisha as she leads hundreds of men into terrifying battle, and Mary as she and Elizabeth dream of the new lives growing inside them. How must Sarah have felt, turning Hagar out into the desert? And how must Hagar have felt, traveling from the safety and security of Abraham’s land toward an uncertain future? These stories invite us to come to know and appreciate the struggles and triumphs of these women—mothers, daughters, believers and seekers.

Amazon customer rating: 5 stars (the maximum rating)

You can read reviews or order this book safely from online book store. Available in paperback at $11.24 plus shipping or on Kindle at $9.99

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book cover image Letty M. Russell:"Church in the fund: Feminist interpretation of the Church" (1993)'s book description:

Ideas of the Christian church are changing, and Letty Russell envisions its future as partnership and sharing for all members around a common table of hospitality. Russell draws on her pastorate in Harlem, her classes in theology, and many ecumenical conversations to help the newly emerging church face the challenges of liberation for all people.

Amazon customer rating: 3 stars (A low rating is common among controversial books as equal number of reviewes give it a very low and a maximum rating.)

You can read reviews or order this book safely from online book store. Available in paperback at $30.00. Often available surplus new or used at a much lower price.

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book cover image Kathe Schaaf, Kay Lindahl, Kathleen S. Hurty and Guo Cheen: "Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power" (2011-NOV)'s book description:

The world is in crisis and it seems that many are looking to women to heal the planet and our human family. Before women can step into our full potential as leaders and guides in this moment, we must individually reconnect with our deepest wisdom and with our spiritual roots; collectively heal the many dimensions of separation that keep us fragmented and ineffective as agents of social change; and globally reclaim our rightful place as spiritual leaders in service of a balanced and compassionate new paradigm.
This empowering resource engages women in an interactive exploration of the challenges and opportunities on the frontier of women's spiritual leadership. Through the voices of North American women representing a matrix of diversity--ethnically, spiritually, religiously, generationally and geographically--this book will inspire women to new expressions of their own personal leadership and invite them into powerful collaborative action. Topics include:
* How do our spiritual values inform us about living with the challenges and blessings of diversity?
* How do we stand for the greatness of each other?
* How do we catalyze our collective transformational power as women of spirit and faith?

Amazon customer rating: 5 stars (the maximum rating)

Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store Available in hardcover at $16.15 plus shipping or on Kindle at $9.99

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book cover imageRabbi Rami Shapiro, "The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & Explained," (2005).

Publisher's book description:

The pure and penetrating message of the Divine Feminine — Wisdom — can become a companion for your own spiritual journey.

The first of God’s creations and God’s endless delight, Wisdom (also known as Chochma and Sophia) is the Mother of all life, the guide to right living—She is God manifest in the world you encounter moment to moment. Her teachings, embedded in the Holy Scriptures of Jews and Christians, are passionate, powerful calls to live in harmony, love with integrity and act joyously.

Through the Hebrew books of Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes and Job, and the Wisdom literature books of Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon, the Divine Feminine speaks to you directly, and Her only desire is to teach you to become wise. Rami Shapiro’s contemporary translations and powerful commentaries clarify who Wisdom is, what She teaches, and how Her words can help you live justly, wisely and with compassion. This is not a book about Wisdom but the voice of Wisdom Herself, liberating, uplifting and compelling.

Now you can experience the Divine Feminine and understand Her teachings with no previous knowledge of Wisdom literature. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents insightful commentary that explains Sophia’s way of wisdom and illustrates the countless opportunities to experience Her creative energy through which God fashions all things.

Selected by "Spirituality & Practice'" as a best Spiritual Book of the Year.

Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store Available in hardcover at $13.28 plus shipping or on Kindle at $9.99

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Copyright 2011 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2011-OCT-04

Latest update: 2011-DEC-01
Author: B.A. Robinson

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