Encountering the Sacred

Feminist Reflections on Women's Lives

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Rebecca Todd Peters, Grace Yia-Hei Kao
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , December
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Alison Downie forthcoming.


Many women of faith are interested in having deep conversations with their friends and families about issues they face in their personal lives. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of feminist and theologically progressive materials for these women to turn to for counsel or advice. Simultaneously, there are a growing number of theologically trained biblical scholars, theologians, and ministers who are experiencing similar life challenges, but who are generally discouraged from writing about these experiences in ways that would be accessible to the general public. This book bridges the chasm between Christian laywomen and feminist theologians. 

For the last fifty years, feminist theologians have sought to reimagine Christian theology in ways that speak to the realities and complexities of women's lives. They have also sought to use women's experience as the starting point for theological reflection in the same way that men's lives have shaped the history of Christian theology for the past 2000 years. In this book, feminist Christian scholars of theology and religion use the tools of their trade to examine powerful personal life experiences and to search for new and empowering ways of understanding the power of the sacred as they have experienced it.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Rebecca Todd Peters is Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University.

Grace Y. Kao is Professor of Ethics at Claremont School of Theology and Co-Director of her school's Center for Sexuality, Gender, and Religion.


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