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Eve's Revenge: Women and a Spirituality of the Body [Paperback]

By Lilian Calles Barger (Author)
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Barger presents "Eve's Revenge" to help women see how their understanding of their bodies impacts spirituality. Not a self-help book, it describes the tension women experience between their bodies and their desire for a spiritual life. Christian women struggling with a body-soul tension and those interested in the social and spiritual meaning of the female body will find this engaging book enlightening and helpful.

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Botox. Plastic surgery. Make-up. Women sometimes go to desperate lengths to distort, mold, and fashion their bodies into that of the "ideal" woman. They live with the reality of the body, from its reproductive implications to the pressures from the media to look a certain way. They are intimately connected to their bodies, but often find it difficult to link their experience of the female body with their desire for Christian spirituality.
Lillian Barger presents "Eve's Revenge" to help women see how their understanding of their bodies impacts spirituality. Not a self-help book, it describes the tension women experience between their bodies and their desire for a spiritual life. Barger suggests the possibility of viewing women as unified, not split, between body and soul. This model, offered through the life and work of Jesus Christ, provides insight into how Christian women ought to live in the world and in their own skin.
Christian women struggling with a body/soul tension and those interested in the social and spiritual meaning of the female body will find this engaging book enlightening and helpful.

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Eve's Revenge: Women and a Spirituality of the Body by Lilian Calles Barger has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/27/2003 page 255
  • Library Journal - 03/01/2003 page 95

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Studio: Brazos Press
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2003
Publisher   Brazos Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  1587430401  
ISBN13  9781587430404  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! LILIAN CALLES BARGER is president of The Damaris Project (, an organization encouraging women to explore the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth in light of women's history and social experience.

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A Middle-of-the-Road Criticism of Dualism  Dec 9, 2008
Mrs. Barger has written a pivotal work for all women and particularly for Christian women. She gives a very middle-of-the-road approach to the issues of dualism in the modern church (and modern culture) that are contrary to Scripture and destructive to women. I appreciate that she is equally critical (and affirming) of liberal/feminist and conservative viewpoints on women, spirituality, and the body. This is an important work, and I would recommend it to all Christians and anyone else interested in the subject.
Read this as I was fighting EDNOS  Nov 6, 2008
Don't get me wrong, it's wonderful to see a Christian view on femininity and the body. I just don't think she took it far enough. She presented a lot of wonderful information, but there never was a conclusion. So for me, it was, "Now that I know this, what do I do with it?". A good book, but not a great book. A sequel would be amazing. The author has a great heart and good intentions, but runs out at then end when it comes time to do something about it.
Embodied Spirituality - It Matters  Apr 4, 2007
Seldom does a book call for deep repentance while simultaneously offering creative new ways to see oneself. Eve's Revenge by Lilian Calles-Barger does just that, although I suspect the call to repentance that I sensed was due to the fact that I, being male, am deeply implicated in the ways in which women have suffered from a distorted self image imposed upon them or resulting from reaction to male hegemony in both in society and the church. It is a sad reality that such a prophetic voice as Ms. Calles-Barger's is least likely to be heard within the traditional church; the putative locus of healing and redemption. Her treatment of the creation narratives was refreshing and challenges the hierarchical models so often put forth by the church. One can only say with Jesus, "from the beginning it was not so."

In addition, this book was a refreshing look at an "embodied spirituality." Ms. Calles-Barger adeptly steers a course between the failed attempts of women to find their identity and meaning by exploiting their bodies (all of which reflexively pertains to men as well) on the one hand and the "transcendent spirituality" of the church on the other hand, which ignores the reality that there is no "being" which does not include the body. The church does not understand this, since early in its history it abandoned its more "earthy" sibling, the Jews, in favor of Neo-Platonic thinking with its concomitant disdain for the physical. Such differences matter, as Ms. Calles-Barger's treatment of "chastity" illumines very well. Moreover the book's emphasis on the community the church ought to be is good and she offers some concrete examples of such community.

This is a wonderful book which I hope finds its way into the minds and hearts of not only women in the church but also men. Bravo Ms. Calles-Barger; bring on Chasing Sophia!
Our bodies are who we are  Jan 16, 2007
I am highly impressed by this book's treatment of the current predicament of women in our western culture. Even more, I am surprised at the heart of this book, the revelation of how much our bodies truly effect "who we really are". The topic of bodies is not uncommon for women. We hear and see everywhere the newest exercise craze or most promising facial scrub. But Barger reveals the idea that is so common and so subtle, that who we are inside our body, our soul, spirit, etc. is at odds with the physical body that we live in. We believe that in order to be and express who we really are we must thicken our lashes, pierce our lip, maybe even have surgery to change our gender.
Another facet of this book that has surprised me is the sheer number of ways our body affects who we are as women. It controls our gender and beauty certainly, but also our race, strength, emotions, energy, health, sexuality, and reproduction. All in one body.

I stood in the library several months before picking up this title, and read a page from a little book of meditations about the body, whose title and author I sadly cannot recall. It suggested that we love our body as our most faithful helper and friend, always at work for us. A body as something to care for and love. I think Barger would second this, but she has taken the book even a step farther, and reminds us that in the Christian faith, God decided to become a body too. He didn't manipulate it or struggle to be free of it, but freely chose to live in it as we do, even with it's pain, aging, and awkwardness. The very opposite of what many women would choose for themselves. I hope they find this book and read it.
A Transformative Read  Aug 27, 2006
Eve's Revenge is by far one of the most significant books I have ever read. Barger does an exceptional job of uncovering the motivation behind body-related shame, while offering a redemptive alternative to the status quo. I found its principles so liberating that I gathered a group of women to study and discuss it together in greater depth. Insightful, thought-provoking and fresh, Eve's Revenge honors the whole person (body and soul) by reminding us of what we were truly created to be.

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