Single Women

Single Women

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by Clare Christie
     
 

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The twenty-two contributors to this volume find a common bond in their diversity, based on their desire to explore ways that single women can live more fully in a society that places such great emphasis on marriage and narrowly defines family as spouse and children. The contributors, ranging in age from 20 to 70, represent numerous vocations and spiritual traditions.

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The twenty-two contributors to this volume find a common bond in their diversity, based on their desire to explore ways that single women can live more fully in a society that places such great emphasis on marriage and narrowly defines family as spouse and children. The contributors, ranging in age from 20 to 70, represent numerous vocations and spiritual traditions. Issues of prejudice, poverty, low self-esteem, fear, loneliness, and rage surface as single women tell their stories. Working through difficulties, many found great fulfillment in aloneness and reached significant literary and professional achievements based on strengths gained from successfully overcoming feelings of worthlessness. More than a few women found great sources of strength in deep personal and religious convictions.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The 22 contributors to this book, women from diverse backgrounds (including a Brazilian, a New Zealander, and a former missionary to China and Ghana), some always single, others divorced or widowed, met at Atlantic Christian Training Center in Nova Scotia during a workshop for single women. These essays confront stereotypes; redefine singleness; address issues of loneliness, career, and lifestyle; and celebrate genuine solitude, discovery, spirituality, and nonreproductive generativity. They address both the pain and the pleasure of singleness, mention prejudices against house-buying and similar issues, and discuss difficulties with intimacy and ministry. Highly recommended for public and seminary libraries.
Booknews
A collection of 22 original essays recounting the spiritual experiences of women who have been divorced or widowed, were cast out of cloisters for refusing to submit to authority, or who, either by default or choice, never married. The sections include redefining singlehood, visions of reality, the challenges of career and life-style, loneliness and the rewards of solitude, and celebrating spirituality. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897893626
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/24/1993
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

MARY O'BRIEN is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

CLARE CHRISTIE is an attorney who has also taught classes in gerontology.

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Single Women 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I was fortunate to find this book at our local library, it is on my list of 'books-to-own.' Valuable inspiration and spiritually confiming for any woman at any age ~ single, divorced or widowed. The contents discuss issues that pertain specifically to women at different stages in life: stereotypes, sexism, poor and single ~ growth in spirit, reclaiming self, affirming direction, the gift of solitude and Widowhood (A door of Hope.) The contributors to the book are strong, single women (not feminists) who either chose to be single or were forced, due to circumstances, into singlehood. Each write a 'heart-felt' autobiographical essay about their spiritual journey. Their stories will make you laugh, cry, empathise and understand. Highly recommended.