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Overview Evelyn Underhill has said that "every religion looks for, and most have possessed, some revealer of the Spirit." In Invincible Spirits, Felicity Leng brings us profound and moving words from some of the brilliant women who have been the revealers of their times. Many silent and forgotten voices are brought back to life in this sparkling collection of spiritual writings. From a ninth-century mother in France writing a poignant self-help book for the son from whom she is separated, to a modern-day social campaigner in New York, this collection is full of reflections on classic themes and questions in the search for a deeper experience of God. Some names " St. Catherine of Genoa, Christina Rosetti, Emily Dickinson, Corrie ten Boom, Dorothy Day" are quite familiar. Others" RaA ssa Maritain, Hadewijch, Margiad Evans, Dhuoda" are less widely known, but quite as inspiring. The profound wisdom of these women mystics, saints, mothers, activists, poets, and visionaries still has great appeal for twenty-first-century readers seeking spiritual guidance and direction. This is a collection not to be missed.
Publishers Description Evelyn Underhill has said that "every religion looks for, and most have possessed, some revealer of the Spirit." In Invincible Spirits Felicity Leng presents wise, inspiring words from brilliant women who have been the revealers of their times. Many silent and forgotten voices throughout history come back to life in this sparkling collection of spiritual writings. From a ninth-century mother in France writing a poignant self-help book for her estranged son, to a modern-day social campaigner in New York, Invincible Spirits is full of reflections on classic themes and questions in the search for a deeper experience of God. Some writers -- Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Corrie ten Boom, Dorothy Day -- are quite familiar. Others -- Ra nssa Maritain, Hadewijch, Margiad Evans, Dhuoda -- are less widely known but no less inspiring. Invincible Spirits ends with "Biographies and Bibliographies" -- more than thirty pages of informative notes on all of the many women represented here. The profound wisdom of these women mystics, saints, mothers, activists, poets, and visionaries still has great appeal for twenty-first-century readers seeking spiritual guidance and direction. This is a volume not to be missed."
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
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ISBN 0802824536 ISBN13 9780802824530
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A Wonderful Treasury Oct 14, 2009
I was recently reading a most insightful article in the magazine Spirituality & Health - one of the very few publications that I always read from cover to cover. In an interview with the English-born Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, she was asked whether there is a glass ceiling in the spiritual world. Her response was that there certainly can be, and she has done much to make enlightenment accessible to Buddhist nuns. I was thinking about some of her observations as I read this anthology. Over the centuries the spiritual and in particular the mystical insights of many female writers have shown a degree of compassion and a depth and character that sometimes seems to missing in the writings of some of the male writers of the same periods.
Undoubtedly some of the differences are social, but I suspect that there may be more to it than that: though this is a huge generalization, men and women do seem to apprehend and speak about the world differently, and their spiritual experiences can also be different. For someone with a Y-chromosome it can be very enlightening to learn about the spiritual world from a female perspective.
The writings in this collection are very well chosen and arranged by sixteen topics rather than authors. For instance, "Cosmic Christ and Natural World" and "Life's Journey and the Passage of the Soul." The authors are all from the European traditions and range from the ninth to the twentieth centuries, and there were certainly one or two whom I did not know. It is inevitable that anyone reading the book will mourn the absence of a favorite writer, but will likely be more than satisfied by the ones who are here.
Knowing how hard it has been for many women to get their material accepted and published, and the rough treatment of people like St. Teresa of Avila - who is featured in this collection - I was left wondering how many insights and hidden treasures never saw the light of day.
Very highly recommended.
Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life
Wonderful resource! Jun 24, 2008
This small book (only 212 pages)is a marvelous anthology collecting women's writing from early sources up through modern writers. These include an early Carolingian mother, Marjory Kemp, Julian of Norwich, St. Therese, Dorothy Sayers, and many, many writers from many different faiths, writing on the subject of faith and values. This isn't a book really to sit and read straight through, but rather one to keep for spiritual reading, slow consideration. It is an absolutely wonderful source for me to discover authors I hadn't known about previously.
This is a lovely piece of scholarship that will appeal to many readers who have an interest in the spiritual life. I highly recommend it.
Any collection strong in spiritual or inspirational gatherings will want this survey Jul 8, 2007
INVINCIBLE SPIRITS: A THOUSAND YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPIRITUAL WRITINGS provides words from women who have been some of the most vocal spiritualists of their times. Both forgotten and common voices come to life in this gathering of their words, from a 9th-century mother in France writing a spiritual self-help book to Teresa of Avila, Emily Dickinson and even Dorothy Day. Any collection strong in spiritual or inspirational gatherings will want this survey - and many a general-interest public library will find it a popular lend as well, moving behind religious borders to embrace the wider concepts of spiritual thinking.
An anthology of selected spiritual writings of women over the centuries Jan 30, 2007
Felicity Leng's book is an anthology of spiritual writings by women of note including Dhuoda (9th Century), Hildegard Of Bingen, Theresa of Avila, Christina Rosetti, Emily Brontë and even Mary Baker Eddy. These women were all mystics of some kind and the anthology contains their thoughts on subjects such as truth and simplicity, suffering and death, creativity, visions, joy, heaven and more.
It's not a book to read straight through but serves more as a resource to be dipped into. There is a short biography of each of the women at the end of the book but I did feel this collection was somewhat disjointed with just a short introduction to each passage and little reflection and interpretation of what I was reading.