Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Women of Vision: An Anthology of Spiritual Words from Women across the Centuries

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Women of Vision: An Anthology of Spiritual Words from Women across the Centuries

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Women of Vision: An Anthology of Spiritual Words from Women Across the Centuries. Compiled by Dorothy Stewart. Revived and expanded edition. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2000. 260 pp. $17.95 (cloth).

Dorothy Stewart's thoughtful compilation of women's prayers and meditations will provide many lovers and collectors of spiritual and devotional works with a delightful little volume of inspirational writings. Following her successful volume, Women of Prayer (Loyola Press, 1999), this anthology draws upon sources from across the centuries of the Common Era that offer women's perspectives and perceptions of prayer, patience, faith, grace, death and dying, evil, daily work, justice, love, life, and thanksgiving in relationship to God. The majority of authors are contemporary women living and theologizing in Christian and post-Christian contexts.

The reader will find a number of familiar and not so well known women of vision past and present: Sts. Julie Billiart, Clare of Assisi, and Teresa of Avila; Evelyn Underhill, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Dorothy Sayers; Margaret Hebbelthwaite, Janet Morley, and Catherine Marshall LeSourd; Hannah More, Lucie Christine, and Elizabeth Fry; Margaret Holden, Valerie Hadert, and Mary Endersbee; Maria Boulding, Sylvia Mary Alison, and Sr. Mary Cecilia. Saints, mystics, spiritual writers, priests, nuns, and quintessential laywomen are well represented. There is a wide variety of view-points and perspectives to be found in these pages.

Like many contemporary Christian women, I am hungry for women's words and women's wisdom; I am always on the lookout for writings by women who bring a feminist perspective to their works. This is not a collection of feminist writings by any stretch of the imagination. …

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