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A profound read for spiritual seekers,
This review is from: The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Hardcover)
Sue Monk Kidd has created a masterpiece... a highly personal and yet relevant journey of one woman who suddenly realized the historically patriarchal nature of the Christian church. As a woman and a mainline protestant minister myself, there is no doubt that she has named the pain of generations of women who suddenly woke up and realized they were not fully included.
Her journey is beautiful, deep, and heartfelt. Another Christian reviewer wrote, "not my Journey". Well, Kidd's experience is not mine either... I have chosen to work within the church rather than leave the value I find there. Yet her journey is both understandable, and fully her own. When I was in seminary in the early to mid 90s, this book was definately required reading for all the female pastors-to-be. I have recommended it to women in my church who are struggling with their desire for a more feminine spirituality, who question the status quo and their own assumptions about the nature of the divine.
I love this book not so much as a guidebook to a post-
Christian place, or even a feminist manifesto, but as a how-to for spiritual searching. Highly recommended for both male and female seekers!
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Initial post: Jun 8, 2007 5:49:54 PM PDT
M. Hamilton says:
Just wondering - why did you say this was required reading when you were in seminary in the mid 1990s, when the book wasn't even published until 2006?
Posted on Jun 18, 2014 7:33:07 AM PDT
Beautifully written review. As a Christian woman, I related to this book much to my surprise. She helped me on my journey to find my truth and my path to personal spiritual growth. Thank you for your thoughts!
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