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Rejoice, Beloved Woman! Oct 19, 2005
Reading these psalms filled with words which are within my daily context and full of the context of women's lives was a joy. I read the book aloud to my elderly mother who was healing from pneumonia, she so enjoyed the rhythms and the coziness of the words, but they were not as comforting as the psalms she had memorized as a child. Then I read the psalms she had memorized side by side of the this new vision - the renting of clothing, plucking out of eyes, tearing of flesh and warring against mine enemies - and she changed her mind about comfort! (Though she advises one should still memorize to exercise the brain!) The songs have a steady rhythm connected to the scholar's thoughtfulness. They are recognizable, touching, mind provoking, and heart-opening cozy. I found it hard to write my review because I would return to my reading and get lost again in the feast of ideas until I was sated with thoughts, engaged, moved,and hopeful. My Mother and I went from watching a news story about how China holds 46% of the USA's debt to reading, "Disgrace is always on my mind. I blush at the thought of creditors and those who know the details of our shame." The voice is political-global and astounding. We are red-faced and silent in our shame. And after the despair we are still carrying water, chopping wood and serving up the grub - enlightened by the hug of our singing as the lyrics of these songs are the feminine spirit, ritual,and good bread baked and consumed refreshing the soul.