Archives For Women

 

Standing up for Ourselves
 
A Feature Review of
 

Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality
Erin Wathen

Paperback: WJK Books, 2018
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Reviewed by D. S. Leiter

 

I’m not sure Erin Wathen would expect or approve of my reaction when I finished reading her book, but here it is: I wanted to take my car on a roadtrip to her home state, find the church she pastors, and give her a big hug, then sit down and have a long conversation with her to find out more about her views on how the church should be working to be on the forefront of feminism.

Whether or not she would approve of my action, however, there it is. (Erin, if you’re reading this, please know that I would be doing so not as a creepy stalker, but because it frankly feels like you could use a hug, and because I’d like to dialogue with you more. I won’t actually do it.)

A variety of things in the book evoked this response in me.

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Finding God in All Matters

A Review of 

The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength
Leslie Leyland Fields, editor

Paperback: Kregel Publications, 2018
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Reviewed by Cynthia Beach

 

Voices of friends, I thought, as I read essay after essay in The Wonder Years on topics as diverse as horses to letting go, body image to domestic violence.  And those doing the speaking are some of my favorite friends, too: Lauren Winner, Elisabeth Elliot, Brené Brown, Ann Voskamp, Madeleine L’Engle. These names are among the thirty-five other “over 40” women writers who contributed essays to the latest anthology from the deep-thinking author Leslie Leyland Fields.

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In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 10 important social critics of the last 100 years. The work of social critics is vital for the health and flourishing of the church, because they remind us of the brokenness of the world and challenge us to imagine new and more healthy ways of sharing life together.

 

Here are ten women social critics whose work has been particularly helpful for me in trying to discern how to live faithfully in the twenty-first century. With each critic, I’ve included an excerpt that will serve as an introduction to that writer’s work.

 

Dorothy Day

The co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, lived among the poor and was staunch anti-war activist.

*** Books by Dorothy Day

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In honor of Women’s History Month, here is our recommended list of living women poets that you should be reading and talking about. We read everything we can get our hands on by these poets, and will continue to read and review their work.

 

See also:

Ten Important Women Theologians

These poets are arranged in alphabetical order by their last names… 
 

Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, playwright, and the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2018. Periviosly she was a professor for 15 years at Yale University, where she taught poetry and chaired the African American Studies department.(via Wikipedia)

Books by Elizabeth Alexander

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Christian Faith Worth Imitating
 
A Review of 
 

Everbloom:
Stories of Deeply Rooted
and Transformed Lives

Redbud Writers’ Guild

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Kathleen O’Malley.
 
 
A few weeks ago, I asked God to bring a mentor into my life. Whether that meant a new relationship or the deepening of one I already had, I didn’t know. The next day, I began reading Everbloom, and by the time I was twenty pages in, I realized that I held part of God’s answer in my hands.

Books can’t substitute for the intimacy of a friendship. But Spirit-filled stories can change and enrich my perspective—just like a mentor might. There is something about peoples’ life stories that is tough to ignore; their memoirs nestle into my memories until they become part of my worldview. That’s one reason that books like Everbloom are so powerful. Such books let me be touched by the lives of men, women, and children whom I won’t meet in person.

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Last month, in honor of Women’s History Month, we ran a list of 

Ten Important Women Theologians
That You Should Be Reading

 
This post was one of our most-read pieces in recent memory!
 
 
This month, Fortress Press is running a gigantic theology ebook sale, which offers us the extraordinary opportunity to purchase ebook editions by many of the theologians on the above list (and some other excellent ones that were named in the conversations that our list sparked)
 

BROWSE The Full Fortress Press Ebook Sale

 
 

Here are 12 Important Books 
By Women Theologians 
For Under $5 Each in this Sale…

 

The Body of God: An Ecological Theology

Sallie McFague

*** $4.99 ***

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Sallie McFague:
Collected Readings

 

*** $4.99 ***

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Blessed Are the Consumers: Climate Change and the Practice of Restraint

Sallie McFague

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More sale books by Sallie McFague ]

 

Redeeming a Prison Society: A Liturgical and Sacramental Response to Mass Incarceration

Amy Levad

*** $4.99 ***

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It has only been within the last 75 years or so that Women artists have been widely recognized in the Art world. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are seven of our favorite artists whose work you should know…

 

MORE Great Reading For
Women’s History Month

(at the end of this list…)

 
 

Frida Kahlo
(1907-1954)

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We are now in our 10th year of publishing the ERB online! 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are our favorite books by women authors from the last 10 years…

Theology, Fiction, Social Commentary, Poetry!

MORE Great Reading For
Women’s History Month

(at the end of this list…)

These books are all excellent, so we aren’t going to try to rank them…
Instead they are ordered alphabetically by the author’s last name.

 

The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

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I’m a big fan of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.  I’ve found it a great (and FREE) way to be introduced to wonderful new music. 

SO… In honor of International Women’s Day, which was earlier this week, I count down my ten favorite Tiny Desk Concerts featuring women musicians!

See also:

Ten Important Women Theologians

 
 

#10 – Torres

Mackenzie Scott’s quiet early music gave hints that she could get loud, but I still wasn’t prepared for the ferocity of her new work. Recording as Torres, she spends her new album Sprinter unleashing as-yet-unheard intensity and power, all while performing with incredible prowess. (NPR)

Latest album:  Sprinter (2015)

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One of the great challenges of the theological academy in the twenty-first century is that it is still dominated by males. In honor of Women’s History Month, here is our recommended list of women theologians that you should be reading and talking about. We have reviewed many recent books by these theologians, and will continue to read and review their work.

NOTE: We are defining theology broadly here, to include biblical studies, ethics, etc.

See also:

Ten Essential Women Writers for Christian Readers

These theologians are arranged in alphabetical order by their last names… 
 

Sarah Coakley

Sarah Anne Coakley is an Anglican systematic theologian and philosopher of religion with interdisciplinary interests. She is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

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