The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women

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Paulist Press, 2001 - Religion - 218 pages
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In introducing readers to the sayings, lives, stories, and spirituality of women in the early Christian desert and monastic movement, the author finally sets the record straight that women played an important, influential role in early Christianity. The book journeys between desert, monastery, and city to reveal the stories of ascetics and solitaries whose stories rarely are heard.
 

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User Review  - krasiviye.slova - LibraryThing

This is an interesting collection of sayings from female ascetics in early Christianity -- interspersed with meditations on their modern meaning by Laura Swan. Her commentary is devotional rather than ... Read full review

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User Review  - ireneadler - LibraryThing

This is a great collection of sayings from the desert mothers. Unfortunately, the writer Laura Swan tends to be both preachy and too facile with popular psychobabble. I skipped Swan's ruminations on the desert mothers to read only the mothers' words themselves -- and was amply rewarded. Read full review

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Contents

THE WORLD OF THE DESERT MOTHERS
5
DESERT SPIRITUALITY
20
THE SAYINGS OF THE DESERT MOTHERS
32
BRIGHT STARS IN THE DESERT SKY LESSER KNOWN DESERT MOTHERS
71
DEACONESSES OF THE EARLY CHURCH
106
MENTORS OF THE MONASTIC WAY COMMUNITIES AND THEIR LEADERS
127
THE GIFT OF THE DESERT
151
Timeline of the Forgotten Desert Mothers
170
The Ordination Rite of Deacons in the Byzantine Tradition Reconstructed from the Texts of Seven Manuscripts
171
Notes
179
Glossary of Selected Terms
193
A Calendar of Feasts of Holy Women
201
Selected Bibliography
205
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Laura Swan, O.S.B., writer and spiritual director, holds graduate degrees in theology and spirituality. She is a member and former prioress of Saint Placid Priory in Lacey, Washington, and is the author of Engaging Benedict: What the Rule Can Teach Us Today (Christian Classics, 2005).

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