Rewilding Motherhood: Your Path to an Empowered Feminine Spirituality

Rewilding Motherhood: Your Path to an Empowered Feminine Spirituality

by Shannon K. Evans


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Women are often told by their communities that being a mother will complete or define them. But many mothers find themselves depleted and spiritually stagnant amid the everyday demands of being a mom. They long to experience a rich inner life but feel there is rarely enough time, energy, or stillness to connect with God in a meaningful way.

This book takes the concept of rewilding and applies it to motherhood. Just as an environmentalist seeks to rewild land by returning it to its natural state, Shannon Evans invites women to rewild motherhood by reclaiming its essence through an expansive feminine spirituality.

Drawn from the contemplative Catholic tradition and Evans's own parenting experience, Rewilding Motherhood helps women deepen their connection to God through practices inherent to the life they're living now. Topics include work-life balance, identity, solitude, patience, household work, and mission for the common good. Throughout, Evans encourages women to see motherhood as an opportunity to discover a vibrant feminine spirituality and a deeper knowledge of God and self.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587435386
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 161,835
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Shannon K. Evans, a writer in the contemplative Catholic tradition, is a monthly columnist for and a regular contributor to Franciscan Media. She has written for Blessed Is She, Verily magazine, Romper, America, and Relevant and is the author of Embracing Weakness. Evans speaks regularly at churches, small groups, conferences, and retreats on topics related to motherhood, prayer, and justice and leads groups in guided meditation. She is a mother of five and lives in Ames, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Growing Inward

1 Forging Identity: Self-Actualization beyond the Roles We Serve 7

2 Maintaining Boundaries: Generosity toward Self and Others 17

3 Holding Tension: The Sacred Work of Integration 29

4 Reclaiming Solitude: Transforming Loneliness into an Inner Well 41

5 Following Anger: The Redemptive Power of Outrage 51

6 Staying Curious: Fearless Nurture of Our Spiritual Selves 61

7 Cultivating Patience: Holy Resistance in an Age of Rush 73

8 Heeding Intuition: Divine Movement through Feminine Wisdom 85

Part 2 Flowing Outward

9 Embodying Hospitality: Fertility That Embraces the Whole World 99

10 Becoming Gentle: Tenderness in Exchange for Criticism 113

11 Releasing Control: Permission to Stop Playing God 123

12 Valuing Work: Spiritual Teachings of Household Labor 135

13 Living Incarnation: Finding God in Our Bodies, Home, and Earth 147

14 Reimagining God: Making Space for a Divine Motherhood 159

Benediction 170

Acknowledgments 171

Notes 175

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