Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation

Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation

by Alice Connor


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Women in the Bible aren't shy or retiring; they're fierce and funny and demanding and relevant to 21st-century people.

Women in the Biblesome of their names we know, others weve only heard, and others are tragically unnamed.

Pastor and provocateur Alice Connor introduces these women and invites us to see them not as players in a mans storyas victims or temptersnor as morality archetypes, teaching us to be better wives and mothers, but as fierce foremothers of the faith.

These womens stories are messy, challenging, and beautiful. When we read their stories, we can see not only their particular, fearsome lives but also our own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506410708
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 307,272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alice Connor is an Episcopal priest and a chaplain on a college campus. She is the author of Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation and How to Human:An Incomplete Manual for Living in a Messed-Up World.

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Author of Flunking Sainthood and The Twible - Jana Riess

"Hip, funny, and substantive, Fierce demands that we take a second--and a third and a fourth--look at some of the Bible's strongest women. Alice Connor's approachable style and deep wit make the Bible feel like a friend, and her fertile imagination places readers smack dab in the middle of the story. I loved this book and can already think of several friends who are going to want to borrow my copy. I'm loathe to part with it, though, so they’re going to have to suck it up and wait until I'm feeling generous at Christmas."

Author of Sacred Space and curator of - Lilly Lewin

"Some authors are artists, artists who paint new pictures with their words and give us fresh eyes to see old stories. They paint untold stories with colors that we need to look at and even when they are not our favorites make us want to look deeper still. These artists challenge us to think about old things in new ways, they invite us to ponder and they stretch us and challenge us to go deeper into ourselves. Alice Conner is such an author, such an artist. Alice invites us to look deeper into the women in our bibles and deeper into our lives with God. I am thankful for the challenge. Anne Lamott better watch out!"

Columbia Theological Seminary - Walter Brueggemann

"The 'old, old story' concerns 'all the king’s men' or 'all the president’s men.' The 'new, new song' is about all the women who belong to the coming realm of liberty and justice. Alice Connor is a skillful artist who knows how to transpose old, old stories into new, new songs. In her lively imagination the old old stories do not stay old. They are powerfully and accessibly new and contemporary for our time and place. Connor knows that feminism is about power. She shows how these ancient stories are filled with powerful futures."

Creator of A Game For Good Christians - Ben Christian

"Pastor Connor presents biblical women whose stories don't fit neatly upon a flannel-graphed frame or within the Sunday morning lectionary; Women beyond the stale categories of the victim, temptress, or silent witnesses of male doings. She reminds us that the Bible is messy and beautiful and not always for polite company. With humor and heart Connor provides biblical context and rhetorical criticism with clarity and compassion. Her pastoral narration connects these ancient stories to our modern lives, challenging what we're apt to see, revealing what we often ignore, and asking us to answer honestly where we find God, and ourselves, in the midst. This book is funny and profound, present and prophetic, humbling and brave, and above all, fierce."

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