Discovering who we are as women in God s sight is an amazing journey toward truth and love. We make sense of God as we reflect, walk, drive, ponder and question the meaning of our lives as Christians.
The moment is ripe for ordinary Catholic women to do Christian theology. Times such as these challenge us to be holy, to be alive in the Spirit, to summon the energy and make the commitment to help one another grow spiritually. Now is the time for Catholic women to make sense of God.
In this introductory volume to the groundbreaking eight-volume series, Called to Holiness: Spirituality for Catholic Women, Catholic theologian Elizabeth Dreyer encourages us to acknowledge our dignity, harvest our gifts and empower all women in church and society. Dreyer helps us to shape what we think about God, justice, love, prayer, family life, the destiny of humanity and the entire universe.
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ELIZABETH A. DREYER is editor of this series and professor of religious studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She lectures widely on the Christian tradition, especially medieval mysticism, grace, the Holy Spirit and contemporary lay spirituality. She wrote Holy Power, Holy Presence: Medieval Metaphors of the Holy Spirit; Passionate Spirituality: Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant; Earth Crammed With Heaven: A Spirituality of Everyday Life; and A Retreat with Catherine of Siena: Living the Truth in Love. With Mark Burrows she edited Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut with her husband, John Bennett.Review:
Dreyer s book could be subtitled A Guide to Doing Grassroots Theology. Each adjective, adverb and noun in the definition is explored carefully and gently. Her first (but not exclusive) audience is women who may need help appreciating the theology of their daily lives. Dreyer gives them the tools and wisely steps aside. --Denise Carmody, Jesuit community professor, religious studies department, Santa Clara University
Called to Holiness is as democratic in its outreach to all women to see themselves as theologians-in-the-making as it is a cry for a grassroots, practical spirituality that will change lives and the world for the better. Richly personal, wonderfully informative and beautifully written, Making Sense of God offers women a transformative journey for both head and heart, for both theory and practice, one that will surely call a diversity of women in the pews together for a conversation we ve long yearned for. Dreyer s guidance makes the wait worth it. --Donna Freitas, author, Sex and the Soul
At once theologically sophisticated, pastorally astute and poetically written, this book will appeal to all who seek fresh ways to connect God s Spirit to daily life. --Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
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