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Spiritual Lemons: Biblical Women, Irreverent Laughter, and Righteous Rage

Brakeman, Rev. Lyn

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ISBN 10: 1880913224 / ISBN 13: 9781880913222
Published by Innisfree Press, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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"In this WARM, LIVELY BOOK {Brakeman} brings biblical women and their struggles to life. Her embrace includes the entire range of women's emotions, conflicting needs, bodies, sensuality, pain, vision. She invites us to create new meanings for experiences we often hide or evade.Engaging and affirming, for male and female readers alike." {Dr. Laurie Anne Pearlman}. This book has 126 pages. The book is a SIGNED AND DATED PRESENTATION copy from the author, Rev. Lyn Brakeman. Bookseller Inventory # 051511

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Title: Spiritual Lemons: Biblical Women, Irreverent...

Publisher: Innisfree Press, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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Anger, envy, shame, possessiveness, powerlessness-qualities we'd just as soon do without! But there are gifts of the spirit to be found in these so-called lemons, Brakeman insists. By recreating the unsung of biblical women, Brakeman expands our understanding of their passions and our full range of emotions. Using the playful form of midrash, Brakeman brings these ancient women and their struggles to life: Sarah, "the snake," Mary, Jephthah's daughter, Susanna, the Syrophoenician Woman, Mary and Martha, and the Anointing Woman. Each of the eight chapters focuses on a particular emotion and includes a commentary, with suggestions for personal prayer and meditation, and guides for group rituals.

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Episcopalian pastor Brakeman describes her study as the "underbelly" of spirituality. She focuses on the scandals of scripture, those stories about women and the dark side of human nature (anger, envy, shame, possessiveness, powerlessness, beggary, death). Brakeman writes to women, especially, to encourage them to love as God loves this dark side of themselves. She probes eight selected biblical texts, including the stories of Sarah, Jephthah's daughter and Susannah, connecting the tales to the lives of contemporary women. Each section opens with a biblical text, followed by a question derived from that text. The question is answered by a retelling of the biblical story and by Brakeman's commentary on the story. The book closes with personal prayer and meditation guidelines, as well as suggested group rituals for each section of the book. Brakeman's book is full of creative insights that will deeply reward all those who traverse its pages.
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