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This book is sure to shatter a few stereotypes. Barger, a former corporate executive, directs The Damaris Project, a Dallas-based forum on spirituality and women's studies. She has an impressive command of the literature (and, less happily, the jargon) of feminism and its discontents, from Naomi Wolf to Camille Paglia. Her early chapters cover standard topics in women's studies, focusing especially on the female body and its meaning. Barger leavens her exacting analysis with personal vignettes-lunch with an old friend who has had plastic surgery, memories of growing up as a girl in Argentina surrounded by female relatives, a season of excruciating chronic pain earlier in her life. She builds an eloquent case that the body cannot be ignored in accounting for the desires and frustrations of contemporary women. But Barger takes this insight in an unusual direction by suggesting that the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth are uniquely relevant to the questions women (and some men) are asking about the body and its significance. Her fusion of academic feminism and committed Christianity will surprise some readers, since she engages neither the vast popular literature for evangelical women, nor the critiques of Christian patriarchy offered by academic writers like Elisabeth Schssler Fiorenza. But she offers a fresh reading of Jesus for our body-haunted culture, suggesting that only flesh-and-blood, suffering and resurrected divinity can do justice to the wounds and wonder of our humanity.
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About the Author

Lilian Calles Barger is president of The Damaris Project (www.damarisproject.org), an organization encouraging women to explore the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth in light of women's history and social experience.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587430401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587430404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since reading this book, I notice comments and assumptions everywhere around me -- especially in business publications I love -- in a new light. This alone demonstrates to me the immediate relevance of this book.
Everywhere in daily life we are presented with unexamined (or commercially driven) assumptions about technology (and what it's for), relationships and community (and where they can be found), and the body (and how it can and should be reconfigured at will to reflect an inner self). Both men and women are also subject to a lot of ridiculous cultural expectations according to their gender. It is nice to see someone drag all of this out into daylight and say, "Not only is all of this here, we're going to go past it and see if we can come to a better understanding."
It's not self help, male bashing, or utopian visions. It isn't ten steps to a more embodied life and doesn't give you a form letter to send to Congress. Most of it is trying to understand a larger picture, with some anecdotal evidence thrown in of what different people think or do that seems to help or hinder. The author is trying to enlarge the overall human playing field and question some assumptions that have limited it, not just talk about equal pay or wearing less makeup.
She covers a lot of ground. The writing contains some rather abrupt transitions - one reviewer calls the book "unpredictable" and it is that. It is beautifully -- at times, floridly -- written. It may not thoroughly please a reader who loves detailed technical definitions of all terms with comprehensive support for every statement. The book is a readable length and style without all that, and the main ideas and points are clear enough.
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Lilian Calles Barger has written a profound, powerful meditation on what it means to be a woman in the (post) modern world. Eve's Revenge argues that our culture teaches women to hate their bodies, to view them as enemies on the path to self-fulfillment. She explores the roots of this worldview, the disembodied reality it creates, and the insufficient response (thus far) of the various aspects of the Feminist movement. True to her thesis, Barger doesn't settle for abstract, theoretical answers to the disintegrated and dissatisfied world we experience. Ultimately, Barger believes that the solution is an embodied faith in the crucified and resurrected Jesus of Nazareth, and she closes her meditation with practical, concrete advice for moving forward.

Barger writes as a women, to and for women, so as a male reader, I felt a bit as though I was listening in on someone else's conversation, but never excluded. Rather, I was challenged to reflect on what part I played (as a male) in creating the world Barger illuminates. Even more, Barger's passion drew me into her writing. I was shocked at the reality most women today live; I mourned when I asked my wife, Amanda, about Barger's commentary and she confirmed its accuracy. As an academic, Barger demonstrates that she is as well-versed and clever as anyone, and the emotion of her rhetoric was a breath of fresh air. I didn't feel as though I was just listening to Barger's mind; I felt as though she was baring her soul.

Barger's book is a welcome, refreshing voice in the ongoing conversation about sex and sexuality. With honesty, clarity and transparency, Barger invites us to find wholeness by resisting what our culture teaches us about ourselves - body and soul.

Bottom line: It's a difficult book on a lot of levels, and if you read it, you won't look at yourself or the world the same again. So what are you waiting for?
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Extremely provocative and honest, Barger's book encourages refreshing dialogue that supplants the idea that the human body is a free platform without spiritual implications. Well-written, and well-researched, Eve's Revenge is a direct response to today's culture wars- a very good read.
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I've had this book for years and every time I re-read it I can't help but be impressed by it. Barger's work is interesting and intelligent. I dare say that she is the only female Christian apologist that I know. Her theories and arguments make for a fascinating read.
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Though the author is fair regarding women's struggles related to their bodies (beauty, religion, dualism, etc.), I do not agree with her partial views on homosexuality, artificial insemination and body-art. She is free to express her opinion, but some of the comments were somewhat offensive. For instance, when she says that "children are increasingly produced for their ornamental effect." Tell that to any loving mother who struggled to have a baby. Tell it to any gay parent who longed for sharing their love with their kin. As I said before, she is entitled to say whatever she thinks, but a bit more of a look into the matter would help a lot. The world is not back and white. Not everyone who goes through artificial insemination is narcissist.
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Eve's Revenge is by far one of the most significant books I have ever read. Barger does an exceptional job of uncovering the motivation behind body-related shame, while offering a redemptive alternative to the status quo. I found its principles so liberating that I gathered a group of women to study and discuss it together in greater depth. Insightful, thought-provoking and fresh, Eve's Revenge honors the whole person (body and soul) by reminding us of what we were truly created to be.
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