Item description for Spirituality of the Handmaid: A Model for Contemporary Seekers by Kerry Walters...
Unique in its focus, this book moves beyond the sensationalism of the Medjugorje apparitions to examine their actual message. The message is consistent with what Mary has always said, urging us to a path of fasting, prayer, and conversion. The author finds in this a three-part model of transformation, a vision of ourselves becoming Theotokoi, Godbearers like Mary. Throughout the book, this new model of spiritual transformation is expressed in nurturing images of conception, gestation, and birth. Using Medjugorje as a starting point, the author shares penetrating insights about today's spiritually-starved society that gorges on materialism rather than hungers for God, relies on word magic and "genie prayer" rather than listens in silence, and clings to a false self rather than empties itself to embrace Christ in all. The author connects the Medjugorje message with tradition by weaving together scripture, Christian classics, philosophy and theology. He also connects the message to examples from literature and film to show its immediate relevance. Written with elegance and clarity, this is inspirational reading for Marian devotees, spiritual seekers, clergy and religious, prayer groups, and anyone interested in Medjugorje.
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 1999
Publisher Paulist Press
ISBN 0809138514 ISBN13 9780809138517
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More About Kerry Walters
Kerry Walters is a professor emeritus of philosophy and peace and justice studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific author whose books include "Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed," "Practicing Presence: The Spirituality of Caring in Everyday Life," and "The Art of Dying and Living."
Kerry Walters currently resides in Gettysburg, in the state of Pennsylvania. Kerry Walters has an academic affiliation as follows - Gettysburg College.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Spirituality of the Handmaid: A Model for Contemporary Seekers?
God is a woman Mar 18, 2001
One of the nicest things about this unpretentious little books is that the single thread connecting all its chapters is the claim that spiritual growth is like conceiving, bearing, and giving birth to a child. God bears us in her womb and brings us into life just the way Mary, the archetypal spiritual seeker, did Jesus. All of us are called to duplicate the divine act of creation in our own deepest self-wombs. Read this with the chapters on Holy Spirit(ess) in Elizabeth Johnson's She Who Is.
Finally: a serious book on Marian spirituality Feb 24, 2001
There are some books out there on Mary so wacko that you'd think they were written by nuts. I got so disgusted with them after a few years that I refused to read any more. But when my niece gave me this one recently (she picked it up in a used bookstore ... ), I took the plunge, and I'm glad I did. The book's point is that spirtuality devoted to Mary concentrates on bearing God in your own soul-womb, and that the birthing pangs are fasting, prayer, and love. The author seems to be very influenced by the desert fathers and mothers, who are quoted a lot throughout the book. But there are also great discussions of movies and novels that illustrate the theology. I like!
Advance Praise for Spirituality of the Handmaid Feb 23, 1999
"Kerry Walters has given the religious seeker a profound and practical guide to the art of prayer." Morton Kelsey, author, The Other Side of Silence
"A wonderful combination of old and new, scholarly and personal, classic and classically Christian! This is obviously from someone who has been there and is ready to guide others. What I like to call 'the Great Tradition'." Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, NM