And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories From the Byways of American Women and Religion

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories From the Byways of American Women and Religion

by Adrian Shirk


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An NPR Best Book of 2017

“Shirk is a generous writer whose penchant for detail and poetic observation will surprise even the staunchest skeptic.” —Juan Vidal, NPR’s “Best Books of 2017”

"Shirk writes with sincerity. In these stirring vignettes, she mixes historical accounts, interpretations, and fictionalized encounters to provide insight into her personal journey tracing the steps of American women who have sought out an alternative spirituality." —Publishers Weekly

“Shirk’s first book examines and exalts the often overlooked histories of religious movers and shakers . . . and offers as a timely antidote to our culture’s current schism between fundamentalist conservatism and radical progress . . . Divine.” —Bitch

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy is a powerful, personal exploration of American women and their theologies, weaving connections between Adrian Shirk's own varied spiritual experiences and the prophetesses, feminists, and spiritual icons who have shaped this country. Each woman presents a pathway for Shirk’s own spiritual inquiries: the New Orleans high priestess Marie Laveau, the pop New Age pioneer Linda Goodman, the prophetic vision of intersectionality as preached by Sojourner Truth, “saint” Flannery O’Connor, and so many more. Through her journey, Shirk comes to believe that, as the culture wars flatten religious discourse and shred institutional trust, we should look to the spiritual visions and innovations of women, who, having spent so much time at the margins of religious discourse, illuminate its darkened corners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640091016
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

ADRIAN SHIRK was raised in Portland, Oregon, and has since lived in New York and Wyoming. She's a columnist at Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic and other publications. She has produced radio stories for Wyoming Public Media and Pop Up Archive, and she holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Currently, she teaches women's studies and creative writing at Pratt Institute. She lives on the border of the Bronx and Yonkers with her husband, Christopher Sweeney, and Quentin the cat.

Table of Contents

A Declaration of Sentiments ix

We Are All Scientists Mary Baker Eddy 3

Our Bodies, Our Smoke: The Moon Lodge 23

The Laughing Virgin Flannery O'Connor 42

Dear Linda Linda Goodman 61

Who Wanders Unencumbered Aunt Robin 76

Meet Me in Lily Dale: The Fox Sisters 92

True Facts Told by Her Aimee Semple McPherson 112

Heavenly Mother Will Believe You Eliza Snow 135

This Building Is Yours: The Takeover 157

The Blackout 169

The Prodigal Son

Shadow and Substance Sojourner Truth 188

Witchery Marie Laveau 210

Sanctuaries: The yuwipi 237

Coda 259

Acknowledgments 265

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