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When the Women’s Spirituality Group of my church chose to read this book, inquiring minds such as my own had to read it.I think I was partly bent out of shape by having been excluded from anything, but I also believe, as a personal conviction, that the minds and souls of men and women are not gendered.

The book contained reflections on the lives of twelve women from the Bible, such as Ruth, Miriam and Mary Magdalene.In many cases the details were sketchy, reflecting the coverage accorded in the scriptures, although some stories, such as those of Ruth and Esther, are book-length in the Hebrew Bible.The reflections generalized emotional and spiritual insights from Biblical stories, in the pattern of Bible study or of a Sunday sermon.

Particularly striking were the stories of Lydia, Prisca and Phoebe, who were active in the early Christian church.Lydia was a businesswoman who persuaded Paul to start his first mission in Europe in her Aegean city.Prisca was a tentmaker who assisted Paul to start the mission in Corinth.Phoebe was a deacon of the early church, and is often adduced as evidence that the clergy of the early church were not all men.These stories all reinforce for me the idea, presented by Elaine Pagels (in The Gnostic Gospels), that the predominance of men in church hierarchies did not originate with Jesus or Paul, but rather was the result of organizational turf battles in the early church, and that women by rights ought to play an equal part in any denomination.

I ended up with mixed feelings.It was refreshing and inspiring to see styles of friendship originating from the lives and experiences of women.I feel I could transform my life by their example.Yet it was annoying to run across the implication that the enlightened style is owned by women, while men own the wrong-headed approach.As someone who has had many women bosses in the corporate world, I know that there is a full range of styles among women, as well as among men.We are all full human beings, capable of adopting any emotional style we please.

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  • Ganre: Spirituality
  • Release: 01.04.2006
  • ISBN: 9781933346021
  • Pages 112
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