Author: Mary Ford-Grabowsky
Publisher: Harper Collins
This rich blend of prayers, poems, and sayings by women writers and sages from around the world and throughout history offers daily inspiration and delight. Included in this collection are diverse voices ranging from the early Sufi mystic Rabia and the trailblazing Mechtild of Magdeburg, to contemporary poets Denise Levertov, Kathleen Norris, Maya Angelou, Jane Hirshfield, and Mary Oliver. These and many other treasures of women’s wisdom are gathered here from such wide-ranging sources as Celtic blessings, Native American petitions, and Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Hindu, and Chinese prayers. An expert on spirituality with a remark-able eye for the best inspirational literature, Ford-Grabowsky includes in this collection prayers of praise, thanks, petition, mystical ecstasy, and insight. Her book explores self-discovery, mothering, inner strength, needs, work, gratefulness, spiritual darkness, mysti-cal experience, and love.
Roman Catholic women theologians from all over the world discuss the HIV/AIDS pandemic in terms of their particular geographical and social location.
Author: Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Meet the ministers and laypeople driving foundational Christian theological change and restoring awareness of the sacred value of women and girls. “The Bible teaches that we are made in the image and likeness of God; therefore, I must believe that there is a male and female expression of God…. Claim your divinity and walk in it every day, because you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” —Rev. Dr. Susan Newman, “Claiming Our Divinity” In a world filled with injustice and violence, we long for a new sacred symbolism to inspire transformation. Our yearning includes a widespread hunger for visions of the Female Divine in church life and worship to restore gender-balance and finally achieve just, equal and inclusive faith communities. This collection of engrossing narratives of women and men trying to change the institutional church—and society—illuminates how reclaiming multicultural female images of God extends beyond the sanctuary and into the community. Whether you’re searching for your own place in the church or you want to explore this growing movement, these fascinating pioneers invite you to join the adventure of creating rituals that include Her, affirming the sacred value of all people and all creation.
Author: R. Lataine Townsend
2013: Beginning an Era of Hope and Harmony brings together important information and perspectives about the end of the Mayan Long-count calendar, and how it relates to the astronomy, scientific discoveries, and present-day signs of the coming transition from the end of the Mayan Fourth Sun into the new world era of their Fifth sun. Writers and teachers from many fields are brought together to show how we can help in this process involving the evolution of consciousness, and how our thoughts and attitudes will greatly affect how this world’s age ends, and how the new era begins. 2013 predicts with credible proof that this new-world age, the Mayan Fifth Sun, will begin a Golden era of peace and harmony. To read more about 2013: Beginning an Era of Hope and Harmony see the website: www.2013bylataine.com
Author: Miriam Therese Winter
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
A beautiful and moving one-of-a-kind collection that draws from a variety of Jewish traditions, through the ages, to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life, including: Special prayers for the Sabbath, holidays, and important dates of the Jewish year Prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzva, marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth Prayers for companionship, love, and fertility Prayers for healing, strength, and personal growth Prayers for daily reflection and thanksgiving Prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss On the eve of Yom Kippur in 2002, Aliza Lavie, a university professor, read an interview with an Israeli woman who had lost both her mother and her baby daughter in a terrorist attack. As Lavie stood in the synagogue later that evening, she searched for comfort for the bereaved woman, for a reminder that she was not alone but part of a great tradition of Jewish women who have responded to unbearable loss with strength and fortitude. Unable to find sufficient solace within the traditional prayer book and inspired by the memory of her own grandmother’s steadfast knowledge and faith, Lavie began researching and compiling prayers written for and by Jewish women. A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book is the result—a beautiful and moving one-of-a-kind collection that draws from a variety of Jewish traditions, through the ages, to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life, from the mundane to the extraordinary. This elegant, inspiring volume includes special prayers for the Sabbath and holidays and important dates of the Jewish year; prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzva, marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth; and prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss. Each prayer is presented in Hebrew and in an English translation, along with fascinating commentary on its origins and allusions. Culled from a wide range of sources, both geographically and historically, this collection testifies that women's prayers were—and continue to be—an inspired expression of personal supplication and desire.
When Women Pray
Author: Kathleen Beckman
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Nihil obstat: Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem., Censor Librorum Imprimatur: Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, J.C.D., D.D., Bishop of Orange, February 24, 2017 Here is a book that will inspire a new outpouring of prayer for healing and holiness. This timely work proclaims the joy of prayer and wealth of grace entrusted to praying women. Through poignant personal stories and Church teaching, eleven Catholic women magnify the Marian vocation of living as contemplatives in action. For personal or group retreats, each chapter ends with spiritual reflections: “Ponder, Practice, Pray”, and the “Feminine Wisdom” of women saints. The Eucharist, Scripture and Mary are beautifully highlighted in chapters from these Catholic women: Kathleen BeckmanJohnnette BenkovicDr. Ronda ChervinDr. Pia de SolenniDr. Mary HealyLisa M. HendeyJoan LewisKathyrn Jean LopezMarilyn QuirkVicki ThornKelly Wahlquist The Foreword by Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, OCD speaks to every woman’s heart. You’ll journey with these authors through joys and sorrows to discover the transformative joy of prayer. You’ll also learn: How prayer is a willed, practiced response to LoveScriptural lessons on how Mary praysWhy spiritual mothers are “God’s special weapons against evil”How a pierced, broken heart praysHow the Holy Spirit releases the power of prayerHow prayer can heal hurting womenHow a women’s prayer impacts the family
Author: Ylva Hernlund, Bettina Shell-Duncan
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Female "circumcision" or, more precisely, female genital cutting (FGC), remains an important cultural practice in many African countries, often serving as a coming-of-age ritual. It is also a practice that has generated international dispute and continues to be at the center of debates over women's rights, the limits of cultural pluralism, the balance of power between local cultures, international human rights, and feminist activism. In our increasingly globalized world, these practices have also begun immigrating to other nations, where transnational complexities vex debates about how to resolve the issue. Bringing together thirteen essays, Transcultural Bodies provides an ethnographically rich exploration of FGC among African diasporas in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. Contributors analyze changes in ideologies of gender and sexuality in immigrant communities, the frequent marginalization of African women's voices in debates over FGC, and controversies over legislation restricting the practice in immigrant populations.
Spiritual Writings on Mary
Author: Mary Ford-Grabowsky
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
This text explores a collection of writings on Mary, the mother of Jesus, dating from the time of the Hebrew Bible prophecies to the present. Sacred poems, prayers, hymns and songs, scriptural passages, and prose pieces illustrative of the unbroken river of reflection, devotion, and love that Mary inspires.
Blessing of the Animals
Author: Diana L. Guerrero
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Animals often provide us with companionship, comfort and unconditional love, which enriches and improves our lives. So, it comes as no surprise that pet-related ceremonies have found favour with people from all walks of life and all faiths, and Blessing of the Animals begins by covering many animal-related prayers, rituals and blessings used in ceremonies throughout the world. Following chapters cover ceremonies, both serious and humorous, vows, 'beauty' pageants, illnesses and the celebration of life of a dearly-departed pet, including moving eulogies and prayers. This fun and enriching volume helps us to express gratitude for the pets who bring joy and wonder into our lives.
Author: Mary Ford-Grabowsky
Publisher: Harper Collins
Moving chronologically through millennia of women's history from the earliest times to the present, this unique collection contains writings from over 173 of the world's women sages and saints. Containing poetry, prayers, chants, meditations, and contemplative prose from all great religious traditions, this treasure trove gathers together for the first time the best of women's spiritual wisdom. Women's spiritual experience has been suppressed through much of modern history and is only now been recovered in its full richness. This anthology contains writings from hundreds of women from the past five millennia and a wide range of cultures. The collection encompasses all areas of women's sacred experience from the most radically mystical encounters with the divine-including visions, locutions, and auditions-to simply daily awareness of the holy in all things.
Stormie Omartian's bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 28 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. It may seem easier to pray for your spouse, your children, your friends, and your extended family, but God wants to hear your requests for your life too. He loves it when you come to Him for the things you need and ask Him to help you become the woman you have always longed to be. The Power of a Praying® Woman is just for you. You'll find personal illustrations, carefully selected Scriptures, and heartfelt prayers to help you trust God with deep longings, not just pressing needs cover every area of life with prayer maintain a right heart before God Each chapter concludes with a prayer you can follow or use as a model for your own prayers. Women of all ages will find hope and purpose for their lives with The Power of a Praying® Woman.
Author: Elizabeth Roberts, Elias Amidon
An eloquent anthology honoring the wonders and challenges of life on earth and celebrating the seasons of our lives. The mysteries and delights of life on earth are illuminated in this richly eclectic collection of poetry, wisdom, prayers, and blessings from thinkers and writers around the world. Here you will find the poetry of Hildgard of Bingen and Gary Snyder; the political wisdom of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.; a treasury of women's prayers, classical verse from China and Japan; and beautiful chants and prayers by Native Americans. A joyous affirmation of the human journey in all its forms, in all its struggles and glories.
Into God's Presence
Author: Liz Babbs
For the heart that longs for communion with Christ... For the soul that thirsts for intimacy with its Creator... For the man or woman in search of a living relationship with the Living God... Meditation and contemplative prayer have been described as the best-kept secrets in the church. Introducing this ancient spiritual discipline and applying it to the needs of busy contemporary people, Into God’s Presence helps readers bring the gentle rhythms of grace into a twenty-four/seven world. From one-minute meditations for hectic days to contemplating Scripture for spiritual insight, readers will discover a wide range of practices for creating a deeper intimacy with God in their daily prayer life. Into God’s Presence offers simple and accessible ways to communicate with God in prayer every day, encouraging readers to integrate the timeless practice of meditative prayer into modern life. This delightful book on meditation is a timely reminder of our need to be still before God, in order to hear from him. – Fiona Castle Liz Babbs book gives a friendly and approachable introduction to Christian meditation, and will stimulate many to venture into an enriching and rewarding new journey with Jesus Christ. -- Rev Dr Rob Frost I’ve enjoyed all Liz’s books, but this one beats them all! She manages to make the mysterious and complex subjects of contemplative prayer, Christian meditation and knowing God intimately seem easy and possible even for a busy ‘Martha’ like me! – Jennifer Rees Larcombe