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Spirited Women: Encountering the First Women Believers [Paperback]

By Mary Ellen Ashcroft (Author)
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Combining biblical scholarship, midrash, and an imaginative, fictional approach, Mary Ellen Ashcroft takes a new look at seven biblical women: Mary Magdalene, Maria, Sister of Martha, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Joanna, The Samaritan Woman, and Martha. In this book Ashcroft views these women in light of Christ's resurrection. What might they have thought, felt, and done, once they knew that Jesus had been raised from the dead? How did they influence and help build the early Christian movement? Ashcroft maintains that these women have become "lost" in history, that their true identities have been obscured. By seeing them afresh, we can gain insights for our own discipleship. Ashcroft says, "Mentors and foremothers of the faith, have you been lost, or have we? You have sat, watching these many years, waiting to welcome us. Perhaps it is in finding you that we find our place in the faith." Spirited Women includes spiritual exercises for meditation, reflection, prayer, and discussion.

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Combining biblical scholarship, midrash, and an imaginative, fictional approach, Mary Ellen Ashcroft takes a new look at seven biblical women: Mary Magdalene, Maria, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Joanna, The Samaritan Woman, and Martha.In this book Ashcroft views these women in light of Christ's resurrection. What might they have thought, felt, and done, once they knew that Jesus had been raised? How did they influence-even help build-the early Christian movement?Ashcroft maintains that these women have become "lost" in history; that their true identities have been obscured. By seeing them afresh, we can gain insights for our own discipleship. Ashcroft says, "Mentors and foremothers of the faith, have you been lost, or have we? You have sat, watching these many years, waiting to welcome us. Perhaps it is in finding you that we find our place in the faith." Spirited Women includes spiritual exercises for meditation, reflection, prayer, and discussion.

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Studio: AUGSBURG BOOKS
Pages   110
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2000
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0806640278  
ISBN13  9780806640273  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mary Ellen Ashcroft is college chaplain and professor of English at Kalamazoo Christian College (Michigan). She has previously taught at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mary Ellen Ashcroft currently resides in the state of Minnesota. Mary Ellen Ashcroft was born in 1952.

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Creative, Insightful and Thought-provoking!  Mar 25, 2003
I found Spirited Women to be an encouraging and uplifting resource. I've imagined all of these women in much the same situations during the formation of the new testament church. And have come to similar conclusions regarding the individual character of each woman represented, their relationship to each other, and their subsequent "disappearance" from the scene of church history. There is no doubt that Jesus left His indelible mark of love and freedom on each of these women and it is a challenge to the leadership of today's church to truly follow in His footsteps.

Though I might not agree with everything Ms. Ashcroft presents, the bulk of her writing on this topic will continue to challenge me and draw to a deeper walk with Jesus!

 
Extremely disappointing  Mar 16, 2002
I happened across Ashcroft's book previous to this one, "Magdalene Gospels." It was awesome. It was truly a celebration of women in faith. Spirited Women seems to me to be the author's crude expression of anger with the early church and the present Catholic Faith. While Ashcroft appears to truly identify with the personality of Mary Magdalene, she seems to want to justify that identification by putting down the meek yet strong characterization of Mary Mother of God. It is sad that the book came out the way it did. Ms. Ashcroft brings up good points like , "...what happened to the women disciples and where are they today as shepherdesses?" Unfortunately, instead of expanding on those thoughts positively, she misdirects her energy and comes very close to using it as a a medium for Catholic-Bashing. I pray for the author and hope that she rewrites another sequel to Magdalene Gospel, keeping it purely fictional. She has so much to offer modern-day women disciples but no one will listen if they sense a tone animosity.
 

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