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WomanWord: A Feminist Lectionary and Psalter: Women of the New Testament

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Winter, a well-known liturgical scholar and composer of verbal and musical liturgical texts, takes the women of the New Testament and creates liturgical rituals to celebrate womanhood. Each text is preceded by scriptural references, a biographical sketch of the New Testament woman who inspired the text, and a contextual background, as well as songs, prayers, reflections, and benedictions. One becomes aware of how much the experience of women in Christian scripture has been ignored in later Christian tradition and how much androcentric religion has excluded women's perspectives. Highly recommended for seminary and public libraries.
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About the Author

Miriam Therese Winter is a professor of liturgy, worship, and spirituality at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. A Medical Mission Sister who has served on four continents, she has recorded a dozen music albums, including the classic Joy Is Like the Rain. She is author of several award-winning books, including WomanSong, WomanWisdom, WomanWitness, The Gospel According to Mary, and The Chronicle of Noah and Her Sisters. In great demand as a speaker, she gives workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (September 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824510542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824510541
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Woman Word is a treasure of Women's stories from the New Testament. Each woman is described biographically, then within context historically and according to her place within scripture. An inclusive lectionary reading of the scripture passages follows with an original psalm and prayer. The points for shared reflection accompanying each woman provide thoughtful reflection for solitary prayer or group discussion. The illustrations help to bring these women to life! I cannot recommend this book enough for those who are seeking to expand their relationship with a God who transcends gender and calls us to step outside the boundaries that limit our vision.
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I have long enjoyed the creativity of Miriam Therese Winter, both in terms of music (I have an extensive collection of her albums in the old 33-1/3 RPM format) and her writing. I have reviewed her memoir, "The Singer and the Song", previously. It is happenstance that I acquired WomanWord at the encouragement of a friend, who is the facilitator of a scripture study I'm currently attending. Since we are in fact using this book as part of the class, I am not "done" reading it, but what I have encountered to date is exceptionally rewarding. The scriptural explications and re-translations to reflect the female perspective are extraordinary, and the illustrations are powerful. The questions that accompany each section are very meaningful and thought-provoking. This is another book that I have no intention of allowing to leave my library, except perhaps on temporary loan, and which I know I will reference and use on many occasions.
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If "Catholic feminism" (or "Christian feminism") seems like a contradiction in terms, it's safe to say that this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you're good to go with the Madeleva Manifesto (Google it if this is unfamiliar; the Manifesto is only a few paragraphs long), you are likely to find this book appealing.

Winter says in her Preface: "It remains for women to claim their place in the past and in the present. WomanWord offers a biblical basis for feminist hagiography. As we celebrate sisterhood, name our saints, give birth to our own psalter, we discover that the whole of our tradition is more than the sum of its segmented parts." (p. xiii)

You can find prayers addressed to Good Mother God, Nourishing, Nuturing, Mothering God, Warrior Woman, Godmother God, Grandmother God, Sister Spirit, Worker Woman God.

It may be that Miriam Therese Winter's long-term fame will bound up with her identification with the phrase "defect in place." Her book, Defecting in Place: Women Taking Responsibility for Their Own Spiritual Lives, quotes a woman who says: "I am still a Catholic and I refuse to be driven away from the community I claim as home."

Winter is also the author of WomanWisdom: A Feminist Lectionary and Psalter - Women of the Hebrew Scriptures: Part 1.
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