Storming Heaven's Gate: An Anthology of Spiritual Writings by Women

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The editors of Catholic Girls celebrate the power and diversity of women's spirituality in this lively collection of more than 60 works by such writers as Madeleine L'Engle, Kathleen Norris, Mary Karr, Lucille Clifton, Terry Tempest Williams, Maya Angelou, and Linda Hogan.

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This is the kind of book you want to carry in your bag and read at respites on buses or in coffee shops, letting it roll around in your brain, seep into your soul. Poems and short essays--such as Mary Karr's quest for a church in which her son could, in his words, "see if God's there," and Nancy Mair's coming to understand charity and mercy at the soup kitchen Casa Maria--sparkle with the sincerity of each writer's search for spiritual fulfillment. Because religion is personal, and because few people grow up with exposure to more than one or two faiths, there is seldom opportunity to discuss the wide varieties of spirituality that are out there. In Storming Heaven's Gate, 61 women authors come clean with their stories--Kathleen Norris's time in a Benedictine monastery, Daa'iyah Taha's journey to Mecca--and it all comes off like late-night coffee shop talk, with the reader sipping quietly, soaking it all in. Men welcome also.

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Vecchione and Sumrall (coeditors, Bless Me, Father, Dutton, 1994) have gathered poetry, short stories, and brief essays by women writing about matters of love, hope, suffering, and redemption in uniquely powerful voices. Madeleine L'Engle, Kathleen Norris, Adrienne Rich, Maya Angelou, and Helena Maria Viramontes are among the more than 50 contributors. Themes range widely, from quiet austerity, painful lessons, and raw sensuality to a young mother's story of breast cancer and a wary agnostic's account of stumbling upon the Catholic Church. A thought-provoking celebration of women and spirituality that men and women of all denominations will appreciate.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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