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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bravo Ltd (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061144908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061144905
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?A graceful account of awakening and transformation.?Library Journal ?The journey to capture her feminine soul and live authentically...makes a fascinating, well-researched and well-written story.?Publishers Weekly A masterpiece of womens wisdom.Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

A masterpiece of womens wisdom. -- Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

A masterpiece of womens wisdom.--Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"The journey to capture her feminine soul and live authentically...makes a fascinating, well-researched and well-written story."--Publishers Weekly

"A graceful account of awakening and transformation."--Library Journal

A graceful account of awakening and transformation. --Library Journal"

The journey to capture her feminine soul and live authentically...makes a fascinating, well-researched and well-written story. --Publishers Weekly"

From the Back Cover

"I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised, and, in fact, a little terrified, when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening." Sue Monk Kidd

For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, Kidd experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, author of When the Heart Waits tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women's experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life her marriage, her career, and her religion.

This Plus edition paperback includes a recent interview with the author conducted by the book's editor Michael Maudlin."


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As the author walks us through the stages in her inner journey toward healing the effects of a lifetime of patriarchy on her, the reader becomes aware of the profundity and significance of this event. She gives voice to the painful injustices that mark a life lived within male-dominated systems, especially as she finally arrived at the point where those injustices became clear to her. Her questioning of her religion, her marriage, and her work are only a small part of the larger realm that she needed to deal with as she struggled to uncover, liberate, and take ownership of her female self as well as embrace the Divine Feminine. It has been truly enriching and liberating just to enter into this journey, and recognize that her voice is an echo of what is the common struggle of women everywhere. This is an excellent book for women to read! At times I identified so intensely with what I was reading that my deepest emotions overwhelmed me.
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On a rainy autumn afternoon, Sue Monk Kidd's teenage daughter is on her knees stocking shelves at the local drugstore. Two middle-aged men walk by and one comments, "That's how I like to see a woman...on her knees." They laugh. The author, observing from another aisle, does not. Thus begins a slow, arduous, and painful epiphany for this well-known Christian author as she journeys the 'road less traveled', exploring feminine spirituality and its sudden impact on her life. I found this engrossing book well-documented, painful, and provocative. If you are a woman questioning the present social mores and your role in life, or a man who wishes to honor his wife and/or daughter(s), this book will give you a fresh perspective on the importance of female spirituality.
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Although I enjoyed the honesty of Sue Monk Kidd's writing and the careful description of her spiritual journey and the historical and theological contexts she put it in, I was a bit surprised that it was published in 1997 because really I have been reading this sort of stuff for 20 years. I bought it because of the other reviews and I decided to write my own to say to others who are already well on the way with their spiritual and feminist journey that you won't find much new here. If you admire for instance, Diane Mariechild, Sara Maitland, Karen Armstrong, Pinkola Estes, Monica Furlong, to name just a few, then you will already know what the author is writing about. Maybe the most shocking thing for me was to realise that the success of this book must mean that there are still so many women buried in the traditional worlds of patriarchal Christianity and if this book gives them the courage to challenge that world, then that is great. However, I was a little disappointed.
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Sue Monk Kidd's touching and honest story of her journey toward wholeness is an comfort to women who have made similar journeys and an inspiration to women who are just beginning to explore the boundaries of patriarchalism. It is also a "must-read" for men who love women: and who believe that the gift of life abundant the creator offers belongs to both genders. As a pastor and preacher, I find "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter" meets the criteria for the best of inspirational reading: it both comforts the afflicted, and afflicts the comfortable. Highly recommended for everyone.
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Thank you Sue Monk Kidd for writing this book. It was an affirmation that the journey I'm on is where I am suppose to be. I could identify with most everything you shared. It is not easy to face this journey, so if we increase by number we will begin to make change. I belong to a Circle of Women and we celebrate 2 years of sharing in ritual. It is empowering to grow with women following the same path. Because I have conveyed that you can find your higher self and your sacred feminine, others want to know how. This book should be on the BEST SELLERS LIST. It is a must read to change the conditioning of every male and female on this earth. I am doing my part to pass it on. Thank you Sue for writing this book. EKD
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As a woman with shelf full of women's studies and spirituality books, I can say this is the best I have ever read. My copy is making the rounds among my friends and is sure to be a future gift for many, including my nieces. Sue Monk Kidd inspires me and fills me with a sense of empowerment. The tale of her journey of faith is filled with elegant prose and engaging anecdotes. Time well spent!
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"Sometimes another woman's story becomes a mirror that shows me a self I haven't seen before." Sue Monk Kidd writes these words and holds up such a mirror in this thought-provoking account of her gradual disenchantment with the traditional, patriarchal Christian Church that was at the center of her personal and professional lives. As she becomes open to questions about feminine images of the Divine, she develops a feminist religious perspective without becoming anti-male or anti-church. She researches the subject extensively, and one of the great delights this book offers is the many voices of women--poets, theologians, and feminists--echoing through its pages. Kidd's story is a traveling companion both for those already in the midst of such a journey and for those who have yet to begin. It is well worth reading and reading again.
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