Books and Articles

These are a few resources that caught our eye:

Books I have found helpful and would recommend (Eleanor McCloskey, CND, April 2012):

Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World.  Michael Dowd. 
There are many ways to be a spiritual person.  Michael’s book is contemporary, user-friendly, intended for the broadest of audiences, reaching across all religious persuasions.  It opens us up to inclusivity in our thinking about many things we take for granted or “just believe.”
Viking Press (Penguin Group), NY, 2007.

Soul Sisters: Women in Scripture Speak to Women Today. Edwina Gately.
Brief stories (Elizabeth, Martha, the Infirm Woman, the Daughter of Jairus) in poetic form, with accompanying art work.  Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY 2010.

Whispers: Conversations with Edwina Gately. Edwina Gately and Jane Hammond-Clarke. Poems, photographs, reflections.  102 pages.
Source Books, California, 2000.

Praying with the Women Mystics.  Mary T. Malone. Prayer-poems from the lives of women through the ages who, then as now, have hearts “filled with an infinite yearning for a closer with the One in whose image they were made and in whose love they existed.”  2006.  Novalis, Toronto.

In God’s Womb: A Spiritual Memoir.  Edwina Gately. After forty years of working as a Catholic laywoman in the church, the author reflects on her journey, how and why she remains faithful. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY. 2009.

Midwives of an Unnamed Future: Spirituality for Women in Times of Unprecedented Change.  Mary Ruth Broz, RSM and Barbara Flynn.
This is a book of reflections, rituals, prayers, songs that can be helpful for individual or group work to inspire and affirm the passion of women who want to make a difference, to effect change. The authors, coming out of a Catholic/Christian background, open up insights and practices from diverse religious traditions, and they look for spirituality in such feminine pursuits as baking, weaving, and quilting. Acta Pub. Chicago. 2005.

Women Also Journeyed with Him: Feminist Perspectives on the Bible. (Various contributors – translated from French).  This book comes from the work of the Catholic Association of Biblical Scholars in Canada, and represents the most advanced research within theological feminist studies.
It presents feminist concerns from sociological, cultural and religious perspectives, from Canadian scholars, men and women, and raises questions concerning the use of the Bible in debating the place of women in our churches and in society.  Essays can be challenging reading  - closer to study than reading. Liturgical press, Collegeville. 2000.

The Twelve Gifts of Birth.  Charlene Costanzo.  This is a delightful “picture” book, perfect for a read-aloud reflection in a small group. 
Every one has gifts; strength, beauty, courage, compassion…and we are called upon to give thanks for these gifts.  Other pictures – magazines, photos, can be substituted for those in the book.  A delightful experience for our inner child, at any age. Featherview, Phoenix, Arizona.  1999.

Adult Faith: Growing in Wisdom and Understanding.  Diarmuid O’Murchu. This is a book for adults seeking adult responses to adult questions that nurture a mature and adult faith. This book could enable churches to use their resources and imagination to strengthen the faith of people in these times of great change in the ways we have experienced institutional religion.  Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY. 2010.

Ancestral Grace: Meeting God in Our Human Story.  Diarmuid O’Murchu.
This is the telling of the Christian story in the light of the great human story. The author says he has “tried to write a book full of gratitude for the past and full of promise for the future.”  Orbis Books,  Maryknoll, NY 2008.

Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir.  Joan Chittister.
This author is widely recognized as one of the true voices of the post-Vatican II age.  Karen Armstrong writes: “This book will give hope to anybody who has felt diminished by institutionalized religion.” Sheed and Ward. 2004.

Rejoice, Beloved Woman! The Psalms Revisioned.  Barbara J. Monda.
The psalms are the prayers of God’s people, in both the Jewish and the Christian tradition. They come from a distinctly male perspective and this author rewrites (not translates) the psalms incorporating feminine analogies and images and names for God. She says, “These psalms were written for women who for thousands of years have looked into mirrors and have not seen the image of God.” Sorin Books, Notre Dame IN. 2004.

Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality.  Richard Rohr.
Father Rohr blends ideas from the Judeo-Christian Scriptures with a pastoral spirituality that connects with believers today.  “The ecumenical character and future of Christianity is becoming rather obvious.  It is really the religious side of globalization.” He writes that God is not looking for slaves or servants; God is looking for images of God to live on earth! St. Anthony’s Messenger, Cincinnati. 2008.

Cosmic Fire Local Sparks: My Journey into the Universe Story.  Carmel Higgins. This little book is a fascinating story by a woman in Moncton, NB. It’s her own story, written with honesty, humor and hope, and it compels the reader to reflect on our own story.  Easy read but profound!   I Love Publishing, PEI.  2005.

Bride of New France.  Suzanne Desrochers. A novel, exceedingly well researched, moving from 17th century France to New France (Montreal) telling the incredible hardships of the early settlers, the religious women, and the young girls who came here – Les Filles du Roi - to start new families for the colony.  Details not found in history books make a fascinating story, especially for those of us who know Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, and Jeanne Mance.  Penguin Group.  Toronto. 2011.