Becoming Flame: Uncommon Mother-Daughter Wisdom

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As it is written, 'Our God is a consuming fire' (Heb. 12:29); so we also must kindle the divine fire in ourselves through tears and hard work. —Amma Syncletica, fourth century.What could be more natural and timely than Spiritual wisdom drawn from a woman's world; word paintings expressed in the poetry of mother-daughter dialogue?Home and hearth lessons in eternal truth, firmly grounded in day-to-day experience?Small scenarios of inquiry and response, deep questioning and fledgling faith, that reverberate with ...

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Overview

As it is written, 'Our God is a consuming fire' (Heb. 12:29); so we also must kindle the divine fire in ourselves through tears and hard work. —Amma Syncletica, fourth century.What could be more natural and timely than Spiritual wisdom drawn from a woman's world; word paintings expressed in the poetry of mother-daughter dialogue?Home and hearth lessons in eternal truth, firmly grounded in day-to-day experience?Small scenarios of inquiry and response, deep questioning and fledgling faith, that reverberate with quiet insight?Dialogues that reflect modern levels of questioning; knots of paradox that require a woman's patient attention and inner care to tease out true, gentle wisdom?A poetic exploration of the large and the small issues of women's life-nested, braided, interwoven, never fully unraveled-in precise language that retains the mystery but awakens the soul?Enter into the world of Becoming Flame: Uncommon Mother-Daughter Wisdom Dialogues with questions at the end for individual and group study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608992669
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel Anders is also the author of Awaiting the Child: An Advent Journal, Soul Moments: Times When Heaven Touches Earth, The Faces of Friendship, and 40-Day Journey with Madeleine L'Engle. She is the mother of two grown daughters and lives with her husband Bill Keller in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Women's Wisdom from Generation to Generation

    Isabel Anders draws on scriptural tradition along with that of the desert mothers, early Christian mystics and the feminine nature of wisdom in the world to create this series of dialogues between a mother and her daughter. Various religious traditions throughout time have used the form of dialogue to instruct seekers after truth.

    Here a mother draws on this legacy as she teaches her daughter through everyday experiences. As women have done throughout the generations, the author draws on story-telling, activities of daily life, the rhythms of nature and the dynamics of human relationships to convey underlying truths. In the Introduction, Anders explains that her
    purpose is to draw from her own experience as a woman and mother to convey the essentials of feminine collective wisdom - "focusing in on the process itself, as wisdom is 'kneaded' and 'made' like bread." Thus, the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

    "Becoming flame" is the process of growing into this wisdom. For as the author explains, "When you have knowledge, you use a torch to show the way. When you are wise, you become the torch."

    As a combination of the ancient and modern, the author's poetic style gives the dialogues a timeless quality infused with sacred mystery. The interactions between mother and daughter become holy conversations that invite repeated reading and reflection to uncover the deeper layers of meaning and inspiration. A study guide is also included.

    This is the book that every parent would like to write to pass on to their children and grandchildren.

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