From the Publisher
"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
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.