Item description for Three Saints: Women Who Changed History: Genevieve of Paris, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila by Joan Williams...
Overview Sainthood often implies personal holiness and a focus on issues greater than the material world, but many saints have made real contributions in public life, and some, such as the women in Three Saints, changed history. Cultural and religious restrictions often prescribed narrow choices and limited movement for women in early Church and society. Before they could even think about entering the public arena, women such as Genevieve, Catherine and Teresa had to overcome the culturally established mental and physical barriers that restricted women of their time. They plunged into the turmoil of politics and influenced public decisions and actions, keenly aware that such decisions have a real impact for good or evil on people's lives. Genevieve of Paris Despite threats against her life, she prevented Parisians from fleeing to certain death when they panicked over a threatened attack by Attila the Hun. Catherine of Siena She braved prejudice against women active in any sphere other than home or convent and involved herself in Italian politics of both Church and state. Teresa of Avila She challenged the status quo of Spanish society and the Church by defying aristocratic dominance, and she risked the label of heretic by encouraging the practice of "mental prayer."
Publishers Description Most biographies of women saints tend to be brief summaries extolling their virtues, with a slight mention of their greater contributions to the faith and the world in general. Author Joan Williams has taken the lives of three women saints (Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Genevieve of Paris) and provides a look into their lives and influence and sheds light on their neglected stories.
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More About Joan Williams
Joan C. Williams is distinguished professor of law and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings.
Joan Williams has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California American University Law School University of.
Reviews - What do customers think about Three Saints: Women Who Changed History: Genevieve of Paris, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila?
Enjoyable and historic accounts.Very inspiring Jan 3, 2007
Wiliams book is the first I've read that tells about women saints that responded to the political and religious conflicts of thier day. I was surprised by their bravery in an age when women were not recognized in public descisions. The author has included much interesting historic detail in this exciting, short book. I recommend it to anyone who needs hope and inspiration in their own lives.
Three Saints; Women Who Changed History Dec 30, 2006
A good book that made these women relevant to today. All three Genevieve of Paris, Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila where feminists who fought for women's rights in the Catholic Church and also where skilled political activists.
The book was succinct, a fast read - the author put a lot of information in those 150 plus pages.
Illuminating the past Dec 29, 2006
Williams' book is a powerful tool for understanding the true nature of "sainthood" through the lives of these three women. Each had to struggle against the limitations of her time- socially, culturally, and spiritually- in order to positively effect change and achieve holiness. We sometimes forget, through the comfortable distance of centuries, how invisible women were in European Christendom; this engaging book illuminates their invaluable role in both defining and challenging their faith.
Realistic Models for Creative Action Nov 7, 2006
Joan Williams, an educator and activist, began research for this book after reading a "skimpy" biographical sketch of St. Genevieve of Paris (c. 422-512). The sketch mentioned Genevieve's efforts to save the Parisians from Attila the Hun, leading a caravan of boats through a barbarian blockade, and repeatedly persuading enemy leaders to release captives. Clearly political and tactical wisdom played a large part in Genevieve's success, and Williams decided to learn more. As she uncovered the story she also focused on Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) and Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), two more female saints "involved in significant political actions that changed history," despite strong opposition from both church and state.
Williams wrote with the goal of widening our view of Saints Genevieve, Catherine, and Teresa, whose engagement in public affairs was an important and essential part of their lives. Though separated by geography and time, all three women were marked by compassion, strong faith, and personal conviction despite harsh treatment that resulted from their actions. Williams' account of their heroism inspires admiration for their personal and spiritual lives and supports her conclusion: "By seeing how they dealt with difficulties in public affairs, we can relate to them as realistic models for creative action in today's world."
Good Read Oct 31, 2006
I really enjoyed reading "Three Saints:Women Who Changed History" and learning about these important women in history. This book has an easy flowing style. It was very refreshing to read of the selfless acts of these 3 women, especially in the world we live in today where it seems to be "every man for himself". (My favorite Saint was Genevieve of Paris.) Buy this book and be inspired!