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"I've waited for this book from deep in my soul. Here it is now, just when we need it most." -- The Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr -- Director, That All May Freely Serve

"These meditations offer many insights, and they beautifully interweave theology and spirituality." -- Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz -- Founder, Hispanic Institute of Theology

"a beautiful and stirring book. You will laugh and cry and sigh and come out stronger and more hopeful." -- Mary Ann Lundy - Former Deputy Secretary General, World Council of Churches

"a stunningly beautiful little volume of poetics, prose, and prayers . . . soul-force in the struggle for a more inclusive church." -- The Rev. Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen -- Dean of Master's Programs, McCormick Theological Seminary

"brimming with powerful eloquence, spirit, and richness of theological reflection" -- The Rev. Dr. Gail Ricciuti -- Assoc. Professor of Homiletics, CRC Divinity School

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If you long for more of the sacred in your daily life, if you've ever felt disillusioned by religion, if you yearn for a society that's committed to shared well-being, if you're disheartened by the spectacular and ordinary violence that pervades our world, this book will bring you solace, peace, and confidence that together we can create healing pathways to joy and abundance for all.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Beanpole Books (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966735951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966735956
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,187,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "blissengine" on December 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
In such a tiny volume, Rev Dr Youngdahl elicits the spiritual glory that surrounds us in every moment and interaction of daily living. This series of potent meditations come from her own life and the challenges she faced after coming out as a lesbian. Dr Youngdahl remains a Presbyterian minister, and this inspiring book celebrates the humbling power of the Holy, as well as reaches toward an encompassing, feminist vision of spirituality and justice. Even as a non-Christian, I found "Subversive Devotions" quite inspiring, especially when she addressed how to love in one's own fashion without listening to dominating viewpoints (from whatever direction). An amazing little book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela L. Halter on August 28, 2003
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I first met Pat Youngdahl 16 years ago in Green Bay, Wisconsin when she was my pastor. Her sermons have always been filled with spiritual study, love and wisdom.
In "Subversive Devotions", Pat's first book, her words are inspiring, heartwarming, energizing, and an invitation to question. Her book is definitely a creation of words sketched with study, years of thought and review and spiritual wisdom. As you read this book you get the sense that evey word has been prayerfully thought out before the ink touched the paper.

"Subversive Devotions" encourages us to review our relationship with Jesus and God, and to relook at the love and inclusiveness of those relationships and others.
This book can be used for personal or group study and spiritual growth.

I found her words inspiring. As I have experienced in her sermons and retreat ministries of the past, this book literally pushed me to search and reachout in my personal, ongoing spiritual growth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Tiefenthal on September 19, 2003
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This book shares with us, the readers, the milestones along the author's spiritual journey and her acceptance of how God created her. Pat tells her story in a series of short devotional essays--from her first teen stirrings, to pastorates, to a professorship in Tucson AZ. "...[M]y becoming a scholar in rhetoric arose partly because I wanted to figure out how to extricate myself from the oppressions of the church while treasuring its gifts." She draws lessons and insights from the simple things around her, which affirm who she is and what her gifts are.
The book speaks to all who have felt oppression and rejection--gender, race, size, orientation, ethnicity, economic status, mental or physical otherness.... We can all harken to the lessons the Rev Dr Ms Youngdahl shares.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet L. Bohren on September 7, 2003
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This is an amazing devotional book. As one reads and rereads each devotional, there are always new insights from the author's journey into divine pleasure and power. Youngdahl writes that as she wrote entry by entry she opened a space for her soul to meet with divine presence, "even as (she) faced the world's hostility to the devotions that bring wholeness to (her) life." (p xiv) The reader has the same experience. I recommend this small book most highly to all on the journey into love - of God, of the world, of oneself.
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