Item description for Prodigal Daughters: Catholic Women Come Home to the Church by Donna Steichen...
In this memorable book, seventeen women of the Baby Boom generation tell their poignant personal stories of apostasy and repentance. Each left the Catholic Church to seek autonomy and fulfillment on the major cultural battlegrounds of this era. Each eventually turned homeward to find, like her prodigal brother in the best-loved of Christ's parables, that her Heavenly Father had been calling her throughout her absence, watching and yearning for her return.
Feminists in the bureaucratic networks of Catholic dissent continually predict that women will abandon the Church en masse unless they are soon admitted to the hierarchy. The women who recount their experiences in this timely and important book prove the dissenters wrong. They are representative of a growing stream of "reverts" who have recognized and repented of their errors when they rediscovered the living heart of Christ at the center of the Church.
Today, when virtually all faithful Catholics wait and pray for the return of some family member or friend who has strayed from the Church, these accounts of faith reborn offer hope and direction to lift the heart of every reader.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.28" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898707323 ISBN13 9780898707328
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More About Donna Steichen
Donna Steichen is an investigative journalist who has written numerous articles in various Catholic publications. She is the author of two books published by Ignatius Press, Ungodly Rage and Prodigal Daughters.
Reviews - What do customers think about Prodigal Daughters: Catholic Women Come Home to the Church?
not so much spiritual as political Jun 27, 2005
I am myself a woman who has returned to the Church, and have often referred to myself as a "Prodigal Daughter," so I was delighted to see this book. But it soon became clear, a few pages into the first story, that this book is not so much about the joy of returning to Christ's family as it is about how awful those "other people" are--those other people being feminists and liberals. In other words, it is a book of polemic, not spirituality. I was sorely disappointed. Though there are some uplifting stories, overall it reminds me more of a rather snarky right-wing blog than anything else. I quit reading it, frankly, because it failed my basic test for spiritual reading: Does this increase my faith? Or does it make me feel like an outsider? I am not particularly liberal or conservative, but polemic from either side just irritates me rather than making me feel closer to God. Save your money and read freerepublic.com, if you want diatribes against the left. If you want a book that will bring you closer to the Lord, I suggest "The Interior Castle" or "Introduction to the Devout Life."
Show Me The Way To Go Home Jan 12, 2002
A previous reviewer was angry that this book did not show the way to go home. Actually, what it shows is that the way to go hom is to go HOME, and not try to tear down the house and build a new one just because you don't like some of it. This is a wonderful book. I identified with almost every woman's story!!
Echoing in My Own Heart Jul 10, 2001
Perhaps this book is too personal to be taken seriously by some. Perhaps again, the intimate and grace-driven experience of reconcilliation, conversion and Blessed Communion is to ineffable to put into words. This is not to intimate that this book fails. But perhaps it will not satisfy those who are looking for a magic exhoneration of sorts for their own claims of .... Women reconciled to the Roman catholic Church are reconciled to Jesus Christ, Himself, and the experience of Him in Word and Sacrament, indeed the actual Presence of Him in the same. Therefore, discussions of feminism, female clergy, etc, I believe, are dwarfed against the splendor of Him.They diminish, as they must. The mystery of Christ and the redemption of the soul in the lived life are far too joyous events. How can one possibly worry about smaller things in the blinding light of the Truth about all things together?
Honest, from-the-heart stories May 7, 2001
The conversion and re-conversion stories in this book were quite moving. Don't you just love it when reviewers here slam a book without seeming to have read it? Like the reviewer who called it a "shallow treatment" and then proceeded to bring up the standard Liberal (NON-Catholic) criticisms of the Catholic Church. Catholicism is a clearly defined system of beliefs. Those who CHOOSE to believe it do not have to worry about "Gender issues" because the Catholic faith lies at a much deeper level of belief than modern politics does. Catholicism teaches that truth comes from God's revelation of HIS self rather than from some kind of left-wing political consensus. This book does a good job of displaying this truth in lives of real women.
A Shallow Treatment of a Deep, Painful Subject Aug 29, 2000
As one who has struggled to be a 'faithful daughter' of the Catholic Church in spite of overwhelming evidence of deep gender bias, I was hoping to find a book that would help me find ways to stay in the Church. Unfortunately, this book consists of only 'conversion' stories. Although some of the women featured have grappled with gender issues, these women simply go back 'home'...but there is no clue as to how they manage thrive in a spiritual environment defined by, imaged by and controlled by men. It appears either they never really understood the issue, or it simply disappears from their horizons. Gender issues and feelings of exclusion need to be addressed by the Church in a much more compassionate and honest manner than has been the case so far (papal letters notwithstanding). This book does nothing to help those who would like to find a way home.
Also recommended: She Who Is by Elizabeth Johnson, Beyond Anger, Women of the Word by Mary Lou Sleevi, Memories of God by Roberta Bondi