A pathbreaking anthology representing a tradition of the prophetic and practical wisdom of women's spirituality.
To assemble a representative sample of the world-wide breadth of women's spirituality from eras and cultures, Cahill has selected some 90 writings encompassing a wide variety of forms (essays, poems, prayers, journal entries, short stories and memoirs) and faiths (Judaism, Christianity-both Protestant and Catholic-Native American and Goddess spirituality, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism). Along with the more conventional touchstones of myth and tradition, the writings contain profound moments of conversion and intense epiphanies of personal revelation. The constellation of authors includes the expected-Sappho, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila-and the unexpected-Sun Bu-er, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Mirabai and bell hooks. But the volume is especially rich in contemporary selections, with Dorothy Sayers, Hannah Arendt, Iris Murdoch, Denise Levertov, Lucille Clifton, Marge Piercy and Rita Dove among its most notable voices. The result is a very satisfying anthology, illuminating and useful, that can be enjoyed just for the power of its insights into spirituality or can serve as the basis for historical study of women and religion as well as a valuable resource for writers concerned with religious themes. (May)