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“Circling Faith is a vital, welcome, eclectic, and ecumenical collection, and an important addition to contemporary works exploring spirituality.  To students of southern culture, women’s studies, and contemporary American divinity and religious studies, this book will prove to be a valuable resource.”—Melissa J. Delbridge, author of Family Bible


"This new anthology, edited by writer-producer Reed and poet Horne, exemplifies some of the best of the multiplicity of voices with something to say. Its core idea is distinctive: writings on religion and spirituality by women of the American South. There are some big names here—an interview with Alice Walker and a touching essay by Mary Karr. Susan Cushman also discusses Presbyterianism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and Brenda Osbey writes of everything she can’t tell you about New Orleans and its voodoo. VERDICT An excellent counterpart to the “Best Spiritual Writing” series, this varied volume will appeal to literary, feminist, and spiritual readers in public and academic libraries."--Library Journal

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Wendy Reed writes, produces, and directs at The University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio. She has received two Regional Emmys for her work with Discovering Alabama and also directs and produces the series Bookmark along with various documentaries. She also teaches in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama. Reed is coeditor of All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality.
 
Jennifer Horne is the author of Bottle Tree: Poems and coeditor of All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality. She currently teaches in The University of Alabama Honors College and serves as poetry book reviews editor for First Draft Reviews Online.
 
 
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817317678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817317676
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With its subdued colors and pretty design, its polite white background, the cover of this book masks the reality within. The voices here are not muted, not always polite. They belie the image of all Southern belief as rigid, humorless, literal. These writers thump no pulpit, shout no automatic Amen to tradition. Sixteen essays and one interview (with Alice Walker), all fresh and forceful, so well crafted and full that I often forgot I was reading with a dual purpose--to say something useful to potential readers as well as to read for my own pleasure and education. Oh, the education!

I learned, for one thing, that sometimes denial makes good rhetoric, as it does in Brenda Marie Osbey's essay "Why We Can't Talk to You About Voodoo." Repeatedly she says that she cannot talk about her beliefs, but she does, and her message is that talking to those outside her ancestral faith fails because we, the outsiders, want access to myth, mystery and exotic ritual, not necessarily the truth. She's right. I did not want to see her deny the importance of Marie LaVeau, New Orleans Voodoo queen, still revered by many 130 years after her death. I've visited her grave in St. Louis Cemetery #1, seen a young man stand at the vault playing his guitar. Osbey admits no such person to her pantheon: "I can tell you that there are no queens, priests, or priestesses in Voodoo." The dolls are "a gimmick borrowed from European witchcraft to cheat the . . . tourists" (75).

The book makes the point that there are many religions, many ways of being spiritual, and that no one religion opposes any other. Any one of us, Southern or not, may safely leave the path of tradition and received wisdom.
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A thoughtful and thought-provoking book on the power and insight of spirituality in its many forms. This book was a very enjoyable read that made me think about my own ideas of spirituality.
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This book of essays on finding God and exploring faith is excellent. Yes, if you are from the south, some of it may resonate more deeply but really, it's a book for everyone. Loved it.
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I'm biased because a dear friend, Susan Cushman, has an essay in this book. Other writers whose work I enjoy - Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Mary Karr, Beth Ann Fennelly - have essays in it, too.

All that being said, though, this is a great collection. Religion is extremely prevelant in the south and the take on it - agnostic, Protestant, Jewish, Orthodox - in this book is fascinating and compelling.
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Have two friends who have essays published in this work.
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