- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pilgrim Pr (April 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082981616X
- ISBN-13: 978-0829816167
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women Paperback – April 30, 2005
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For our part we tried to read the book as a group of women wanting to sink our teeth into a "beginning" theology book that would raise questions for our reflection as we try to be intentional about our spiritual journey.
Perhaps a "Girlfriend" Theology Devotional book would be good.
Baker attempts to awaken her readers to "the problems of silenced selves, missing voices, and girls in the footnotes" (17). When reflecting on their lives, the girls recover their human dignity. Through sharing of life stories, several kinds of images of God came out, not only a male image, but feminist, womanist, liberation, and process theologians might all endorse. After finding their identities, they would change from making meaning to taking action and building solidarity to heal another's oppression as echoing a major theme of liberation theology. Thus, image of God is as community in relationship because theology is communal rather than individual.
This book introduces an inclusive and diverse image of God rather than emphasizing the image of God's fatherhood. The author points out that God's imaginations came from cultures and social boundaries. To understand the image of God, Baker makes connections between God, our lives and the world as a magic cure.
Baker presents two additional emancipatory theologies: mujerista theology, a Latina frame of reference, and Asian-feminist theology.Read more ›
It is a genuine delight to hear of American teens' resiliency and fortitude in the face of societal victimization. Baker's "female clusters" groups, where everyone tells her story, reminds that teen girls need a safe place to talk. The author's notion for safe sharing is honestly brilliant and necessary for "doing" theology, (or as Girlfriend's Theology suggests "from making meaning to taking action").
Addressing the problems of girl teens' missing voice (as a footnote to contemporary theology) Baker identifies feminist theology's 30-year disregard for teenage girls. She admits early on that the research result for this book was "to lead girls to more fulfilling lives because of a connection to their feminist inheritance" (page 20). Girlfriend Theology anticipates assisting marginalized teen girls in reclaiming their God-given humanity.
One possible downside of the book is Baker's cluster muster. Her group composition decisions present the potential for reducing participant theological flexibility and spontaneity. (The bigger the group, the smaller the involvement.) Additionally, the book has the feel of a teenage philosophical "self-helper" rather than of divine discovery instrument.
This IS a fun read! You'll laugh and you'll cry as you hear these narratives. And you will wonder at God's special giving to this diverse, yet composed, forgotten stratum of the human experience- white teen girls.
This book is recommended to everyone interested in emergent 21st century theology, feminist theology, and the American adolescent female experience.