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God Who Looks Like Me

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"A wonderfully unique resource for women who are continually searching for new insights in the area of woman-affirming faith and worship."
--Reverend Sharon Vandegrift
United Methodist Chaplain
Drexel University
Childhood religious images of judgment, punishment, unworthiness, and shame, of male saviors, messiahs, and Higher Powers, pursue all women into adulthood. Many women realize they must leave behind these traditional concepts and images ...
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Overview

"A wonderfully unique resource for women who are continually searching for new insights in the area of woman-affirming faith and worship."
--Reverend Sharon Vandegrift
United Methodist Chaplain
Drexel University
Childhood religious images of judgment, punishment, unworthiness, and shame, of male saviors, messiahs, and Higher Powers, pursue all women into adulthood. Many women realize they must leave behind these traditional concepts and images for a more authentic spirituality. Yet they find, to their dismay, that the male symbols of God are deeply rooted in their psyches and difficult to transform.
In this book, the poignant personal memories of women of all ages and lifestyles are interwoven with the collective story of women buried in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Bible. Together, these women explore the lost glory of Eve, Lilith, and Mary. They teach us to plumb the depths of our relationships with our mothers, our bodies, and ourselves; our sexuality and vulnerability; and our journey into old age. Each chapter offers a rich tapestry of poetry, ritual, story, and meditation, a splendid invitation to join a circle of women in search of woman-affirming spirituality.
"Patricia Lynn Reilly guides her readers towards solutions. . . .This book is an excellent map filled to overflowing with provocative exercises and concrete suggestions."
--Gloria Karpinski
Author of Where Two Worlds Touch:
Spiritual Rites of Passage
"It beautifully combines the best of the poignant with the best of the practical and the political."
--Publishers Weekly

Male religious images and ideas pursue all women throughout their lives. In A God Who Looks Like Me, the personal stories of women of all ages and lifestyles are interwoven with the collective story of women buried in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Bible and of other forgotten figures who speak to our lives in a society that prefers men.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345402332
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 827,996
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Beginning Our Journey 3
Pt. I Women's Religious Past
1 Religion's Far-Reaching Effects 23
2 Reluctance, Anger, and Courage 37
Pt. II Religious Language and Imagery
3 The God of Our Childhood Understanding 51
4 Our Wounds and Ineffective Behavior: Exclusion, Inferiority and Dependency 62
5 Our Healing: The Changing Face of God 79
Pt. III Religious Myths and Stories
6 Fragments of the Forgotten 99
7 Eve: The Mother of All Living 109
8 Lilith: The Rebellious First Woman 139
9 Mary: The Virgin Mother 161
10 The Divine Girl-Child 191
11 The One Who Shed Her Blood 209
12 The Wounded Healers 237
13 The Wise Old Woman 266
Pt. IV Having Had a Spiritual Awakening
14 Awakened to Healthy Connections 291
15 Awakened to a Woman-Affirming Spirituality 312
Epilogue 320
Notes 323
Index 331
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