Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions

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How would the most cherished stories of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam be different if women were the active central figures?

This ground-breaking collection of short stories brings to life the women—daring, brave, thoughtful, and wise—who played important and exciting roles in the early days of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Join Esther as she stands against injustice and her king to save her people, Aisha as she leads hundreds of men ...

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Overview

How would the most cherished stories of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam be different if women were the active central figures?

This ground-breaking collection of short stories brings to life the women—daring, brave, thoughtful, and wise—who played important and exciting roles in the early days of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Join Esther as she stands against injustice and her king to save her people, Aisha as she leads hundreds of men into terrifying battle, and Mary as she and Elizabeth dream of the new lives growing inside them. How must Sarah have felt, turning Hagar out into the desert? And how must Hagar have felt, traveling from the safety and security of Abraham's land toward an uncertain future? These stories invite us to come to know and appreciate the struggles and triumphs of these women—mothers, daughters, believers and seekers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Recovery of the wisdom of women in the great Abrahamic religions is long overdue. Daughters of the Desert is a knock-out contribution to that project. Read the stories, fill your heart, share the wealth with others. This book deserves to become a classic of twenty-first century spiritual reading. Cherish it."
Mitch Finley, author of Prayer for People Who Think Too Much and The Joy of Being Catholic

"These engaging stories of women, some of whom are important to all three religions, and some known only to one, help build bridges of understanding between religions and demonstrate the importance of religion in our lives."
Dr. Freda Crane, member, Islamic Society of North America

"How refreshing to find the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. They are like water in the desert offering new voices and new hope to our generation."
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of Cain & Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace and But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land

"Some stories speak powerful narratives. Others point to new understandings of our world. Still others ask questions of justice, mercy, and devotion within communities. Daughters of the Desert speaks and points and questions in all three ways, with stories about women from three spiritual traditions. Their ancient journeys—Jewish, Christian, and Muslim—startlingly and wonderfully like our own, call us to and encourage us in our own paths to God."
Gary Schmidt, author of Winter: The Spiritual Biography of the Season and William Bradford: Plymouth's Faithful Pilgrim

The Bookseller

These 18 tales take passages from Hebrew and Christian Bibles and the Qur'an as starting points, and flesh out imaginatively the lives, loves and dreams of women only hinted at in the scriptures.

Dialogue and Alliance

This small volume contains the stories of eighteen remarkable women from the three Abrahamic faiths. Their stories bring to life the reality of the times in Jewish, christian, and Islamic scriptures, from the viewpoints of the women involved. It is a remarkable collection of writings. In an enlightening twist, the stories of Sarah, a representative of Judaism, and Hagar, representing Islam, give their different perspectives on the same event.

The stories are fascinating in themselves, based on careful research and the gifted imaginings of the authors. The reader is drawn into their worlds, experiencing the personal struggles and victories of these women against the backdrop of their different cultures and religious beliefs and practices. Following each story is a commentary by the author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594731068
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 1,401,938
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Rudolf Murphy is the award-winning author of several books for children and young adults, including Children of the Gold Rush (winner of the 2000 Willa Cather Award), Gold Rush Women, and Free Radical. She is coauthored of Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions (SkyLight Paths).

Meghan Nuttall Sayres, tapestry weaver and author of The Shape of Betts Meadow: A Wetlands Story and coauthor of Daughters of the Desert: Tales of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions (SkyLight Paths). Her novel, Anahita's Woven Riddle, is forthcoming.

Mary Cronk Farrell, children's author and family spirituality columnist whose recent publications include Celebrating Faith: Year-Round Activities for Catholic Families and her coauthored work Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions (SkyLight Paths).

Sarah Conover is the author of Kindness: Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents, winner of the Skipping Stones Multicultural Award, and is currently writing a children's reader on Islam.

Betsy Wharton is a writer and nurse whose work has taken her to a Navajo Indian reservation, an AIDS hospice, and a refugee camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

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