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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Chandelles Press (26 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988349000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988349001
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a magnificent and original, mystical, historical novel. It depicts the intense spiritual lives of a group of holy women that struggle in the thirteenth century against great odds to keep alive the ancient matriarchal wisdom. The time has come for the message of the women in this book to pour down upon the world and green its heart again.
Andrew Harvey, author of Radiant Wisdom: Sacred Love and Wisdom in Action

With the soul of a mystic and the voice of a poet, Sibyl Dana Reynolds has scribed a novel of profound grace and beauty. Ink and Honey is a story of deep faith, community and healing, set in a long-ago time but as relevant and urgent as today's headlines. Not since Mists of Avalon have I been so swept away by a tale of women's Mysteries. A stunning work, pure and true.
Kathleen Adams, author of Journal to the Self and Scribing the Soul

Sibyl Dana Reynolds offers us a lush and generous gift of storytelling and immersion in the medieval culture of women monks and mystics. Her novel is filled with sensual details that make her writing and the time period come alive, while her story is compelling, drawing the reader always forward. You grow to care deeply about these characters and come to recognize something of yourself in their journeys and longings.
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, author of The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Spirit with Monastic Wisdom

This sensitive book merges history with the contemporary through the lens of Wisdom. Embodiment, intuition and visionary experience characterize the writing, which is rich in descriptive metaphor. Women's creative spirituality infuses all the narrative. I recommend this gentle insightful book to all who are interested in the wisdom western societies have marginalized.
The Reverend Professor June Boyce Tillman, author of The Creative Spirit

About the Author

Sibyl Dana Reynolds is a writer, spiritual director and founder of Sacred Life-Arts, an online sanctuary and resource center devoted to bringing creative inspiration and spiritual illumination to women. InkandHoneytheBook.com www.SacredLifeArts.com


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couldn't put this book down--fascinating story line and full of insight into the period it was set in. I would happily recommend this.
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Very unusual book. Loved that the story was told by a scribe and also the idea of acts of beauty being sacred
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x908c8624) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
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HASH(0x94104198) out of 5 stars Magnificent read! Great story with many spiritual insights/questions. 21 Jan. 2013
By P. J. Sampel - Published on Amazon.com
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Sibyl Dana Reynold's book, Ink and Honey, is a magnificently told story about a small group of medieval woman living and working together in spiritual harmony during a time when it was not easy for women to make such choices. These "Sisters of Belle Coeur" were early feminists and pioneers who courageously chose a faith-based and visionary path to create a better world amidst much darkness. Filled with hope, inspiration, lush details and storytelling, this is a fabulous read for women of all ages AND the men who love them. A great book for group discussions and for individual journaling. I carry my copy with me everywhere and find myself re-reading many passages, making notes and writing in my journal. And the conversations I've had with strangers who inquire about the book have been amazing. Even though the book is available on the Kindle (which I also have for convenience), there is something to be said in this day and age for carrying and reading and marking in an actual physical copy of a book. I can't recommend Ink and Honey highly enough.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x923e093c) out of 5 stars A Well-Sharpened Quill, a Full Hive 14 Feb. 2013
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"Ink...and Honey..."

This book succeeds in the two ways its title promises: a story that engages us as if hand-scrawled, moving with power, passion, integrity - yet also a parable, thick with meaning and layer, honeycombed with depth and allusion. I found it sometimes tempting, as a historian, to label her characters anachronistic in a way - out of or far ahead of their time and culture, like the ludicrously outspoken females one finds in too many 'historical romances' - but then one would dismiss, too easily, the possibility that such women existed in any time but the 'liberated' twentieth century. No, the author creates, instead, a vivid picture of the expectations, the constraints, the written and unwritten rules that shape each of her characters; nor does she settle for two-dimensional stereotypes, either female or male.

On finishing "Ink and Honey", I sat for a while in silence, reflecting on it, and found myself torn by unexpected emotion. To borrow a trope from Revelation, 'it was sweet as honey in my mouth, then bitter...' Sweet to devour the tale, to meet the Sisters, to reveal and discover the layers of truth and parable, to taste the richness of the writing and the beauty in the characters - but bitter and bracing to be finished, to think about the deeper implications that fear and patriarchy and division brought to the women of faith in that time...and still bring in ours.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b65ea0) out of 5 stars Magnificent 27 Mar. 2013
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I love books and reading and venture into all genres. Ink and Honey was absolutely the most beautiful book I have read in many years. It captivated my curiosity from the first chapter and nourished my creative spirit. I wanted to rush to my art room and create, all the while pondering my "gifts." I highly recommend this book to all women.
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HASH(0x91b5efe4) out of 5 stars Read it! 30 Jan. 2013
By Deborah - Published on Amazon.com
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As a woman who wants to live the Christian faith holistically--body, mind, and soul--I loved this book. I particularly liked the way it celebrated women's arts, ways of knowing, and values. I felt very drawn to the characters; I felt like I was living with them.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x910b62dc) out of 5 stars A must read for women 26 Mar. 2013
By anncline - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautiful story of spiritual women as they care for others, serve God, support each other. A circle of women living and serving during a challenging time. A view of the sacred arts in a spiritual practice.
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