Woman, You Are Free: A Spirituality for Women in Luke

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Jesus as "liberator"—this is how Luke presents Jesus. Susan Yanos here explores what liberation means for women—personally, socially, spiritually—not as an ideological feminist but as a critical thinker trying to make sense of her life.

Beginning with an in-depth look at the story of Martha and Mary in Part One, Yanos guides the reader into an examination of how women have related to God and how Jesus relates to women in Luke's Gospel and Acts. Part Two guides the reader toward a response to the radical freedom Jesus offers, focusing "less on serving God and more on letting God serve us." Part Three explores women's social and political power and how they can claim and use that power properly, performing "true acts of goodness rather than acts of do-goodism."

Ideal for use with small groups, such as prayer groups and Bible-study groups, Woman, You Are Free may be used for an ongoing self-guided program, or read by individual women and men for personal reflection and challenge. Each chapter opens with an activity involving Scripture reading and closes with questions for reflection and discussion and suggestions for further reading.

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SUSAN YANOS is an instructor of English at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. She has served as the director of a parish religious education program and has made numerous presentations on Scripture and spirituality. She holds a master’s degree in pastoral theology and a Ph.D. in English.

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"...looks at Luke's gospel through a woman's eyes and examines what Luke says about women and finds it liberating." -- CRUX of the news

"Her portraits ... lead to introspective treatises on relationship, freedom, cultural oppression, breaking out of stereotypes and new paths to holiness." -- Emmanuel, March 2002

"Ideal for use in small groups or for individual reflection and challenge." -- Living Faith

"Yanos guides us into an examination of how women have related to God and how Jesus relates to women." -- Buena Vista Resource Page

"a thought-provoking blend of biblical study and women's psychology and spirituality....It would make a good Lenten companion." -- The Criterion, February 8, 2002

Story of Martha and Mary and how to focus less on serving God and more on letting God serve them. -- The Living Light

Women will become freer and their voices will echo the Spirit of God found in Luke and elsewhere. -- Catholic Library World

Yanos "shows how [a series of] topics relate to the women in Luke-Acts and to women today." -- Theology Digest

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