The Friendship of Women

A Spiritual Tradition


Author: Joan Chittister

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781580511018

Category: Religion

Page: 68

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With rare skill, Sr. Joan explores the sacred dimension of friendship through the lens of faith, tradition, Scripture, and the often-overlooked experience of women. Interwoven with the stunning icons of Benedictine oblate Marcie Bircher, she recovers are reclaims the witness and wisdom of such women as Lydia, Prisca, Phoebe, Martha, Veronica, Elizabeth, Anne, Mary Magdalene, and those gathered at the foot of Christ.

Mary Magdalene

The Image of a Woman Through the Centuries


Author: Ingrid Maisch

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814624715

Category: Religion

Page: 185

View: 9451

No other female image has been so strongly influenced by the culture and history of past European centuries as Mary Magdalene. From ancient times to the present, Mary Magdalene has been a summary image of the feminine in each era. Despised as a sinner, revered as a saint, admired as a model disciple, Mary Magdalene became the symbol of al women whose fate she shared throughout history: honored, defamed, pushed to the margins, elevated to unreality, and degraded. Ingrid Maisch examines Mary Magdalene's life from the perspectives of the biblical witnesses through Christian Gnosticism, the early Church interpreters, the Middle Ages to the present. She shows that while the biblical Mary Magdalene still had a leading role in the Jesus movement, in the Middle Ages she gradually became a saint held up to console sin-conscious Christians. In the Reformation and the baroque era, she was seen primarily as a penitent, then as an image of melancholy and resignation. Bourgeois modernity adopted the secularized figure of the Magdalene as a tool for social criticism, especially regarding the treatment of women. In recent decades critical exegesis of the biblical texts and feminist theology revealed another image of Mary Magdalene: the first witness of the Resurrection. Mary Magdalene is one of the great women of the Bible, yet attitudes toward her in the Church and in art, history, and society have wavered between veneration of her as a saint and curiosity about her sinful" past. In Mary Magdalene Ingrid Maisch stresses that reflecting on Mary Magdalene means not only looking behind the history of the influence of the woman from Magdala but also inquiring about women in general, for the image of Mary Magdalene in every era is an indicator of the image borne by women at the time. Chapters are "Mary Magdalene in the New Testament," "The Heiress of the Empire of Light: The Gnostic Mary Magdalene," "Mary Magdalene as Interpreted by the Medieval Mystics," "Mary Magdalene as Saint: The Middle Ages," "The Penitent Magdalene: A Symbol of the BaroqueEra," "Mary Magdalene Between Religion and Aesthetics," "A Peal More Precious than al Others: Magdalene in Brentano's Jesus-Novel," "The Fallen Woman, the Noble Courtesan," "The Woman at Jesus' Feet: Mary Magdalene in Modern Spiritual Poetry," "The 'sinful Magdalene from Bethany': The Confused Image Today," and "Freed from Sins, Demons, and Subjection." Includes eight pages of full color images of Mary Magdalene from earliest to most recent times. "


A History


Author: Barbara Caine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317545605

Category: History

Page: 436

View: 9726

There has been an increasing interest in the meaning and importance of friendship in recent years, particularly in the West. However, the history of friendship, and the ways in which it has changed over time, have rarely been examined. Friendship: A History traces the development of friendship in Europe from the Hellenistic period to today. The book brings together a range of essays that examine the language of friendship and its significance in terms of ethics, social institutions, religious organizations and political alliances. The essays study the works of classical and contemporary authors to explore the role of friendship in Western philosophy. Ranging from renaissance friendships to Christian and secular friendships and from women’s writing to the role of class and sex in friendships, Friendship: A History will be invaluable to students and scholars of social history.

The Fine Art of Female Friendships

A Bible Study on Women's Friendships


Author: Jane Freund

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780982220405

Category: Bible

Page: 120

View: 7823

This Bible study examines the top ten characteristics women look for in friends and is based on research conducted of over 1,200 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 18 foreign countries. The book is organized into 11 weeks of five lessons per week and is designed to do alone, with a friend, or in a small group.

The Friendships of Women

The Beauty and Power of God's Plan for Us


Author: Dee Brestin

Publisher: David C Cook

ISBN: 9781434765765

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 4622

In The Friendships of Women, Dee Brestin encourages you to listen to your need for friendships and to find and strengthen those relationships. Relying on key biblical stories, Dee explores what the story of Ruth teaches us about "rapport talk," how Luke celebrates the power of women's intuition, and what we can learn about avoiding unhealthy dependency from one of the most significant friendships in the Old Testament. With a passion borne from an intense belief in the power of friendship, Dee guides your relationships to new levels of intimacy and trust. Engaging, honest, and deeply personal, The Friendships of Women will inspire you to see your desire for friendship not as a burden but as a gift.

Friendship in an Age of Economics

Resisting the Forces of Neoliberalism


Author: Todd May

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739175823

Category: Philosophy

Page: 164

View: 4341

This is the first book not only to detail the relationships neoliberalism encourages us to have but also to see how friendship can provide a bulwark of resistance to it. Written in an engaging style, it will be understandable to political theorists, philosophers, social scientists, and cultural theorists.

Seasons of Friendship

Naomi and Ruth as Models for Relationship


Author: Marjory Zoet Bankson

Publisher: Innisfree Press

ISBN: 9780806690162


Page: 144

View: 6543

"An intense, complex book -- worthy of a high recommendation." -- "Bookstore Journal" What do we need from a friend? It depends on what "season" of our life we're in, proposes Marjory Bankson. In spring, we need friends to nurture our new growth; in summer we gravitate toward friends who invite us to play; in autumn, we gather with friends to celebrate life's "harvest"; in winter, we are drawn to friends to walk with us in silence. Starting from this premise that our friendship needs vary with the changing seasons of our lives, Bankson explores the contemporary relevance of the biblical story of Naomi and Ruth -- two women who stood together through marriages and moves, death, and displacement. Each chapter includes journaling questions for reflection and discussion.

Rethinking Friendship

Hidden Solidarities Today


Author: Liz Spencer,Ray Pahl

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691188203

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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From Aristotle to contemporary soap operas, friendship has always been a subject of fascination. But scholarly investigation of the broad social relevance of friendship has been neglected. Rethinking Friendship describes the varied nature of personal relationships today, and also locates friendship in contemporary debates about individualization and the supposed "collapse of community." Exploring friendships with partners and family as well as "friends," the book reveals ways in which friends and friendlike ties are an important and unacknowledged source of social glue. Using a rigorous analysis of in-depth interviews, the authors develop a set of innovative concepts--friendship repertoires (the range of friendships people have); friendship modes (the way people make and maintain friendships over time); and patterns of suffusion (the extent to which boundaries between friends and family become blurred). These concepts form the basis of a typology of personal communities that vary in the roles played by friends, family, partners, and neighbors. Combining scholarly depth and rich description, this absorbing and accessible book will appeal to all those interested in informal social relationships, including students of methodology and policymakers. With its challenge to pessimistic commentators, Rethinking Friendship urges us to resist sweeping generalizations and to acknowledge the sheer diversity of social life today.

Wise Women

Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women


Author: Susan Cahill

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393316797

Category: Religion

Page: 395

View: 7819

Gathers poems, essays, prayers, letters, and memoirs by women from various spiritual backgrounds, from Ishtar of Babylonia, to contemporary poet Lucille Clifton

The Gospel According to Mark


Author: Nick Cave

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 0857860976

Category: Bibles

Page: 64

View: 6147

The earliest of the four Gospels, the book portrays Jesus as an enigmatic figure, struggling with enemies, his inner and external demons, and with his devoted but disconcerted disciples. Unlike other gospels, his parables are obscure, to be explained secretly to his followers. With an introduction by Nick Cave

There Is a Season


Author: Joan Chittister

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781570756603

Category: Religion

Page: 118

View: 6193

This is an elegant book, glorious four-color art of John August Swanson, and the reflective insights of Joan Chittister. Based on the verse from Ecclesiastes 3, this glossy book gives a chapter to each verse.

A Passion for Life

Fragments of the Face of God


Author: Joan Chittister

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608334287

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 2861

Reflections by Joan Chittister with icons by Robert Lentz present over two dozen saints and prophets--from Hildegard of Bingen to Martin Luther King, Jr.,--who speak to the urgent spiritual questions of our time.



Author: Joan Chittister

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 1467434191

Category: Religion

Page: 243

View: 870

Everyone longs to be happy, yet many wrongly believe that happiness comes from having enough money, fame, personal comfort, worldly success, or even dumb luck. Happiness all too often seems to be an elusive, arbitrary thing -- something that is always just out of reach. Joan Chittister sees happiness differently -- as a personal quality to be learned, mastered, and fearlessly wielded. In Happiness she embarks on a "great happiness dig" through sociology, biology, neurology, psychology, philosophy, history, and world religions to develop "an archaeology of happiness." Sifting through the wisdom of the ages, Chittister offers inspiring insights that will help seekers everywhere cultivate true and lasting happiness within.

Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope


Author: Joan Chittister

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802829740

Category: Religion

Page: 111

View: 1317

Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Sister Joan Chittister deftly explores the landscape of suffering and hope. (Practical Life)

Radical Spirit

12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life


Author: Joan Chittister

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 0451495179

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 7268

"With twelve simple rules for healthy spiritual living derived from Rule of Saint Benedict, a sixth-century book on leading a God-centered life, Sister Joan affirms the need to develop enduring values by shifting our attention to something greater than ourselves".

The Struggles of Unloved Women

A Story Behind Every Door


Author: Linda K. Colbert

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1512754986

Category: Religion

Page: 212

View: 639

Sometimes the overwhelming pressures of your life will cause you to believe that you are the only one who is being pushed, knocked down, and defeated by one dreadful event after another. Nevertheless, no one is exempt from hurt. Women from their earliest existence to the present time have experienced some of the most distressing, heartbreaking, devastating, and traumatizing events imaginable. Yet, they survived and came through stronger, more determined, more capable, and more productive than ever! What was their secret? The Struggles of Unloved Women tells the stories of ten extraordinary biblical women who triumphed, and even failed, through lifes circumstances. Each of them, have their own unique personalities and experiences. However, their stories are not uncommon. Many women have struggled through similar, if not the same, life events. Still, when the struggles are over, the questions we must ask are, What lessons did we learn? Did we emerge from our trials, better or bitter?

Meet Me at the Well

The Girls and Women of the Bible


Author: Jane Yolen,Barbara Diamond Goldin

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

ISBN: 1607349272

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 3017

Old Testament stories center around men. Leaders, prophets, kings, and priests are all male. But hidden in the background are strong-willed, daring females. Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin's masterful retellings pairs eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? From first woman, Eve, to Deborah the judge, to Queen Esther, savior of her people, females in the Hebrew bible are resourceful and courageous. Each chapter is devoted to a single story with text complemented by sidebars, known in Jewish tradition as "midrashim," that pose questions, provide more information, and include nondenominational interpretations. "A much-needed, thoughtful updating of Bible stories about women" — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW) "A solid source of study and reflection for libraries with religious patrons" — School Library Journal "Each chapter features a lovely full-page piece of artwork" — Booklist

Called to Question

A Spiritual Memoir


Author: Joan D. Chittister

Publisher: Sheed & Ward

ISBN: 1580512259

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 5722

This unique and intensely personal memoir is about spirituality, not about religion,and it is alive with the raw energy of a journal and polisjed with the skill of the master storyteller.

Helpmates, Harlots, and Heroes, Second Edition

Women's Stories in the Hebrew Bible


Author: Alice Ogden Bellis

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 1611644003

Category: Religion

Page: 306

View: 6492

This best-selling book, now revised and updated, shares the work of many feminist biblical scholars who have examined women's stories for several years. These stories are powerful accounts of women in the Old Testament--stories that have profoundly affected how women understand themselves as well as men's perception of them. Here, Alice Bellis shares the research of feminist biblical scholarship during a quarter of a century, which renders a vast amount of refreshing, exciting, sometimes disturbing material.

The Scarlet Cord

Conversations With God's Chosen Women


Author: Lindsay Hardin Freeman,Karen N. Canton

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1782792147

Category: Religion

Page: 190

View: 1395

The Scarlet Cord: Conversations With God s Chosen Women tells the story of biblical women in a new way, drawing the reader further down her spiritual path and closer to Christ. And here is why: for too long, women in the Bible have been demonized, sanctified or simply misunderstood, leaving highly stereotyped figures in their wake. As a result, passionate, faithful and bright individuals, from Eve to Ruth to Mary Magdalene, have lost meaning for many contemporary Christians and non-Christians alike. Here, through storytelling and artwork, twelve compelling women of the Bible invite readers to step further into the sacred circle of God s people, deepening their faith and joy in all of creation. That circle offers more than peace. It offers health, healing, and the knowledge that other women have also trod broken and jagged paths in their search for wholeness. By taking this step, the reader will discover that challenges experienced by biblical women are not so different from her own, including infertility, warfare, hunger, old age, grief and sexual conflict.