A Woman's Way: The Forgotten History of Women Spiritual Directors
Given the significance of spiritual leadership in modern Christianity, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the tradition upon which today’s spiritual leadership is built. Patricia Ranft sheds new light on the way society understands a woman's spiritual life and her role in the Christian world, as well as Christian understanding of the role of women in society and as spiritual beings. She examines spiritual leadership from early Christianity to the early Medieval West to the late Middle Ages and finally the modern era. This book delineates the history of spiritual leadership for women and by women within the larger context of the history of Christian spirituality and its understanding of human perfectibility.
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Ranft (history, Central Michigan Univ.; Women and the Religious Life) employs a broad definition of "spiritual direction" to reveal the often unnoticed power and influence women have wielded throughout church history. Beginning in the New Testament, "women were central in the quest for happiness and in the dissemination of Jesus' direction of how to attain it." For instance, "the five great women of John's gospelDMary (mother of Jesus), Mary of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman, and Martha" provide important direction. This trend continued in the Patristic and medieval times and was invigorated in the early modern period. It continues in both Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity, a history Ranft analyzes with insight. Recommended for academic, seminary, and public libraries.DCarolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA ...
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