It's deeply and beautifully appropriate that this book by the author of the classic cookbook Laurel's Kitchen
should begin with a quote from one of our greatest writers on food, M.F.K. Fisher. "It seems to me," Fisher writes, "that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it...." So too with Carol Flinders. Her preface describes her own journey from the kitchen to this very personal series of reflections on these seven women mystics (Saint Clare of Assisi, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Julian of Norwich, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Catherine of Genoa, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Saint Therese of Lisieux), in each case giving us both an intimate and yet objective sense of the person and of her spirituality. Writing with grace, in a style that is both personal and informed (Flinders has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Berkeley), Flinders brings to this project a scholar's authority along with a very large heart. The result is a real gift: a delightful introduction to these extraordinary women. --Doug Thorpe
From Library Journal
Flinders (religious and women's studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley) exhibits a contagious passion for her subject as she shares her research on feminine spirituality. She unshrouds the true lives and voices of six Catholic medieval women mystics who were marginalized by a male-dominated Western culture over the centuries. In very human portraits, she connects contemporary women to the nourishing and sustaining wisdom and example of St. Clare of Assisi, Mechtild of Magdeberg, Julian of Norwich, St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Catherine of Assisi, and St. Teresa of Avila. Female listeners will learn how "inwardness" and "enclosure," central to the lives of these remarkable women, can help them realize their deepest longings, attain freedom, and find God. A treasure for religious and women's studies collections.?Barbara J. Vaughan, State Univ. Coll. at Buffalo Lib., N.Y.
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