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Focusing on the contemplative process as women's journey from oppression to liberation, Lanzetta draws especially on the mysticism of Julian of Norwich and Teresa of Avila. She lays out the contemplative techniques used by mystics to achieve their highest spiritual potential and also investigates how unjust social and political conditions afflict women's souls.
Lanzetta identifies a specific historical female mystical path (the via feminina) and draws contemporary conclusions for how women might understand their bodies, their rights, and their ethics.
|Prologue : low places where grace flows in||1|
|1||Via Feminina and the un-saying of "woman"||7|
|2||Feminism and mysticism : foundations||27|
|3||Goddesses, mother Jesus, and the feminine divine||44|
|4||Contemplative feminism : transforming the spiritual journey||61|
|5||Women mystics and a feminism of the inner way||81|
|6||Julian and Teresa as cartographers of the soul||99|
|7||The soul of woman and the dark night of the feminine||119|
|8||Subversion in contemplation : resistance, resiliency, and dignification||137|
|9||Women's body as mystical text||155|
|10||Seeing through God's eyes : women's spiritual rights||174|
|11||Love of the world : an ethic of ultimate concern||193|
|Epilogue : hymn to Hagia Sophia||212|
Posted September 27, 2005
It is a 'must read' for any woman who has been searching for the Heart of God as she will discover Her in the very depths of her own self, through the experience of reading this book. While reading Radical Wisdom an indelible impression was made within my heart that spiritual freedom can only come through the healing of the Sacred Feminine, Blessed Be She - and while particular to women also includes the need for healing of the sacred feminine within men. Dr. Lanzetta pierces a level of wounding of the sacred feminine that has been primarily directed at the core of the feminine spirit/soul, inflicted primarily by the oppression of patriarchal religions as well as the still-patriarchal world/society we live in. Women around the globe have suffered throughout history and are still suffering today. My experience with Radical Wisdom has been one that is so personal and intimate - one that has allowed me to encounter these deeper stirrings that have taken me to a new depth of vulnerability in God. I am truly grateful to Dr. Lanzetta for this work. --Patricia Kilcullen, M.Div., IfCMWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.