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And your daughters shall prophesy : stories from the byways of American women and religion /

by Shirk, Adrian [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, 2017.Edition: First Counterpoint hardcover edition.Description: xvii, 267 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781619029538; 1619029537.Subject(s): Shirk, Adrian -- Religion | Women -- Religious life -- United States | Women and religion -- United States | Religious biography -- United States | Feminism -- United States -- Religious aspects | United States -- Religion | Biographies | Autobiographies
Contents:
A declaration of sentiments -- We are all scientists: Mary Baker Eddy -- Our bodies, our smoke: The Moon Lodge -- The laughing virgin: Flannery O'Connor -- Dear Linda: Linda Goodman -- Who wanders unencumbered: Aunt Robin -- Meet me in Lily Dale: The Fox sisters -- True facts told by her: Aimee Semple McPherson -- Heavenly Mother will believe you: Eliza Snow -- This building is yours: The Takeover -- The blackout: The prodigal son -- Shadow and substance: Sojourner Truth -- Witchery: Marie Laveau -- Sanctuaries: The yuwipi.
Summary: Laced throughout this hybrid memoir are stories of American religious traditions revised by women. Shirk collects the histories of astrologers, faith healers, preachers, priestesses, mambos, and mediums who've had to find their own ways toward divinity outside prescribed patriarchal orders. Each woman represents a pathway for Shirk's own spiritual inquiries. She introduces us to the New Orleans high priestess Marie Laveau, the pop New Age pioneer Linda Goodman, the prophetic vision of intersectionality as preached by Sojourner Truth, "saint" Flannery O'Connor, and so many more. Through her journey, Shirk discovers that, as the culture wars flatten religious discourse and shred institutional trust, more and more Americans are yearning for alternative, individualized, feminist routes through religion. And women, having spent so much time at the margins of religious discourse, illuminate its darkened corners.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

An NPR Best Book of 2017

"The book doubles as a catalogue of America's 'divergent prophetesses' such as Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, the astrologer Linda Goodman, and the silver-tongued evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, who faked her own kidnapping to spend five weeks with her lover. These accounts are brief, vivid portraits of women in the 'spiritual avant-garde' . . . and [Shirk's] wide-ranging curiosity delights." -- The New Yorker

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy is a powerful, personal exploration of American women and their theologies, weaving connections between Adrian Shirk's own varied spiritual experiences and the prophetesses, feminists, and spiritual icons who have shaped this country.

Laced throughout this hybrid memoir are stories of American religious traditions revised by women. Shirk collects the histories of astrologers, faith healers, preachers, priestesses, mambos, and mediums who've had to find their own ways toward divinity outside prescribed patriarchal orders. Each woman represents a pathway for Shirk's own spiritual inquiries. She introduces us to the New Orleans high priestess Marie Laveau, the pop New Age pioneer Linda Goodman, the prophetic vision of intersectionality as preached by Sojourner Truth, "saint" Flannery O'Connor, and so many more.

Through her journey, Shirk discovers that, as the culture wars flatten religious discourse and shred institutional trust, more and more Americans are yearning for alternative, individualized, feminist routes through religion. And women, having spent so much time at the margins of religious discourse, illuminate its darkened corners.

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy is a beacon to those who are searching for a spirituality of resistance, for an unsteady truth. It draws a line from our own era of unrest to the women who came before us, those fascinating innovators, boundary crossers, paradoxes, and radical justice seekers.

A declaration of sentiments -- We are all scientists: Mary Baker Eddy -- Our bodies, our smoke: The Moon Lodge -- The laughing virgin: Flannery O'Connor -- Dear Linda: Linda Goodman -- Who wanders unencumbered: Aunt Robin -- Meet me in Lily Dale: The Fox sisters -- True facts told by her: Aimee Semple McPherson -- Heavenly Mother will believe you: Eliza Snow -- This building is yours: The Takeover -- The blackout: The prodigal son -- Shadow and substance: Sojourner Truth -- Witchery: Marie Laveau -- Sanctuaries: The yuwipi.

Laced throughout this hybrid memoir are stories of American religious traditions revised by women. Shirk collects the histories of astrologers, faith healers, preachers, priestesses, mambos, and mediums who've had to find their own ways toward divinity outside prescribed patriarchal orders. Each woman represents a pathway for Shirk's own spiritual inquiries. She introduces us to the New Orleans high priestess Marie Laveau, the pop New Age pioneer Linda Goodman, the prophetic vision of intersectionality as preached by Sojourner Truth, "saint" Flannery O'Connor, and so many more. Through her journey, Shirk discovers that, as the culture wars flatten religious discourse and shred institutional trust, more and more Americans are yearning for alternative, individualized, feminist routes through religion. And women, having spent so much time at the margins of religious discourse, illuminate its darkened corners.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • A Declaration of Sentiments (p. xi)
  • We Are All Scientists (p. 3)
  • Our Bodies, Our Smoke: The Moon Lodge (p. 23)
  • The Laughing Virgin (p. 42)
  • Dear Linda (p. 61)
  • Who Wanders Unencumbered (p. 76)
  • Meet Me in Lily Dale: The Fox Sisters (p. 92)
  • True Facts Told by Her (p. 112)
  • Heavenly Mother Will Believe You (p. 135)
  • This Building Is Yours: The Takeover (p. 157)
  • The Blackout: The Prodigal Son (p. 169)
  • Shadow and Substance: Sojourner Truth (p. 188)
  • Witchery (p. 210)
  • Sanctuaries: The yuwipi (p. 237)
  • Coda (p. 259)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 265)

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