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The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Plus) [Paperback]

By Sue Monk Kidd (Author)
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Item description for The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Plus) by Sue Monk Kidd...

Presents the author's journey from her life as a traditional Christian wife and mother to that of a woman who argues for a feminine face of God as she travels the world looking for enlightenment.

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"I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised, and, in fact, a little terrified, when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening." --Sue Monk Kidd

For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, Kidd experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, author of When the Heart Waits tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women- one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women's experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life- her marriage, her career, and her religion.

This Plus edition paperback includes a recent interview with the author conducted by the book's editor Michael Maudlin.

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The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Plus) by Sue Monk Kidd has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 05/01/2007 page 36

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperOne
Pages   253
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0061144908  
ISBN13  9780061144905  

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More About Sue Monk Kidd

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! SUE MONK KIDD is the author of the novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, and the memoirs, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and Firstlight, a collection of early writings. The Secret Life of Bees has spent more than 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was adapted into an award-winning movie. The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was adapted into a television movie. Each of her novels has been translated into more than 24 languages. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Sue lives in South Carolina with her husband.

Sue Monk Kidd currently resides in Charleston, in the state of South Carolina.

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A voice from the wilderness  Apr 24, 2008
Sue Monk Kidd's journey resonates for me as I have long struggled with the way we tend to ignore or excuse the masculine priority that surrounds women's lives. Ms. Monk explores and ennunciates the "stacked deck" of everything from language and religion to the ingrained assumptions of women's secondary status in the world. True the balance has shifted somewhat, but as long as there are places where men have a "right" to beat their wives, where it is against the law for women to be educated, where it's a BIG DEAL to have a woman run for president, where we criticize a woman for being today's connotation of the word FEMINIST for speaking simple truths; we have a problem. Not one to be trivialized or ignored. Can you imagine the hue and cry that would erupt were we to refer to all humanity as "whitekind"? Ms. Monk is shining a light on the endemic prejudice women live with every day of their lives by sharing her journey, her questions, her fears, and confusion with us. I am grateful to her. I don't feel so alone.
Excellent Story and Resource  Feb 13, 2008
Sue Monk Kidd expertly and openly shares her most intimate experience in finding the Divine in this well written and referenced personal account.
Dance of the Dissident Daughter  Jan 29, 2008
Finally, a book about the female goddess written by a woman with great knowledge and wisdom AND amazing research. The research allows us to believe that we are NOT being duped by a we've been duped by all the men.

This is an excellent book with such profound insight into a woman's soul. Every woman should read this. Sue should write another book filled with even more research!!!
Inspiring  Dec 13, 2007
Sue Monk Kidd has created a beautiful masterpiece in Dance of the Dissident Daughter. Her personal and touching story of a woman who became slowly disillusioned with the male patriarchal church which surrounded her, and her own feelings of guilt and pain through her journey is intensely touching. So many novels treat these journeys as solitary paths that we can tread at our own pace, but Sue's real life story encompasses the realities of her husband, her children, and her extended family - and their reactions to her rejection of the tradition patriarchy that held sway over her. Her journey is an inspiration to us all, and should be read by men and women alike (men can and are oppressed by the patriarchy of the church, too!).
One of the best books I have ever read  Sep 27, 2007
This is not THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES kind of book nor is it a recreational read. This is an account of Sue Monk Kidd's personal search for a spiritual place of belonging and peace. It resonanted with me at the point in my live when I read it, and it has many post-it note flags marking areas with special meaning.

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