In nearly every age and in numerous languages women of faith—both Christian and Jewish—have written about their spiritual lives and experiences. In their books, letters, diaries, poems, and hymns great-souled women have reflected on their relationship to God and its connection to their family and community life. This cherished legacy, however, is largely unknown and unavailable to modern women, whose reading options consist of books by men and contemporary women. For a variety of reasons, the voices of the past remain largely silent.
A Woman's Book of Faith offers a compelling alternative to modern devotional fare. M. Shawn McGarry has assembled in one elegant volume a stirring collection of more than one hundred ecumenical selections—all from Judeo-Christian sources—in which women writers from two millennia contemplate their relationships to God, the meaning of their own traditions, and the place of spirituality in their lives. Among the many contributors are Teresa of Avila, Joan of Arc, Susannah Wesley, Gluckel of Hameln, Queen Elizabeth I, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Willa Cather, Golda Meir, Simone Weil, Coretta Scott King, Flannery O'Connor, and Mother Theresa—and some lesser-known women whose expressions of faith have endured through the centuries. Complementing these classic texts are ten original pencil sketches by award-winning artist Sharon Lubkemann Allen which capture the faces and spirits of faith-full women throughout history.
This beautiful book, a perfect gift for the holidays and other special occasions, is also a wonderful present for women to give themselves.
My life is an instant,
An hour which passes by;
My life is a moment
Which I have no power to stay.
You know, O my God,
That to love you here on earth.
I have only today.
—Therese of Lisieux
M. Shawn Mcgarry earned a master's degree (Th.M.) in systematic theology from Dallas Seminary and has worked as a senior book designer at Word Publishing.
Sharon Lubkemann Allen, winner of the Henry Hart Rice Fellowship in Fine Arts at Yale University, is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Princeton University.