The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

A Woman's Journey From Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
The author of When the Heart Waits takes the reader on her journey from traditional Christian wife and mother to a woman who argues for a feminine face of God as she travels the world looking for enlightenment.


"A masterpiece of women&;s wisdom."&;Christiane Northrup, M.D.

"The journey to capture her feminine soul and live authentically . . . makes a fascinating, well-researched and well-written story."&;Publishers Weekly

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its publication, a newly reissued edition of the bestselling author&;s classic work of feminine spiritual discovery, with a new introduction by the author.

"I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised, and, in fact, a little terrified, when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening."&;Sue Monk Kidd

For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, she experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, Kidd tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church.

From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women&;one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women&;s experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life&;her marriage, her career, and her religion.

Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, 2002, c1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060645885
Characteristics: xii, 238 p. ; 2 cm


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Dec 29, 2019

a favorite of mine, this is the 2nd or 3rd time I have read it.

Oct 02, 2019

As always Sue Monk Kidd does not disappoint. The revelations of her journey from Baptist to Goddess worshipper are profound, intense and affirming. As a Woman who has been on the Path of reclaiming her Divine Feminine for the last 30 years I have shared many of the experiences and awakenings that Sue explored. If you're on a pilgrimage of rediscovering your Sacred Feminine this book will go a long way in shedding light on your odyssey. It is always heart expanding to know that others have trodden this way before and come out on the other side. My favourite quote from Mystic Poet Mirabai says it best; "I take the path that ecstatic human beings have taken for centuries. I have felt the swaying of the elephant's shoulders and now you want me to climb on a jackass? Try to be serious!"

Apr 24, 2018

This book changed my life and set me on the path to self-healing with the divine feminine, a path of self-love and self-respect. This is a powerful book, written very well. I highly suggest it.

Nov 14, 2016

As someone new to feminism I had to take this book in slowly; I'd read a few pages then put it down for a day or two. It's a lot to handle for someone coming from a fundamentalist background, a bit too new-age for my limited experiences, but I embraced it as well as I could. And while I may not be dancing on a beach any time soon, I have emerged from this book with a changed view of the Deity, which is a tremendous feat for such a small book.

Crittercherub Jan 01, 2015

This is a life changer of a book for me. The realization of how much patriarchy dictates the lives of those of us who live in it was completely off my radar. If your someone who lives in a patriarchal society it will at least shine a light. You may also need sunglasses!
If it doesn't make you think then you are probably one of the people that benefit from the patriarchal system and prefer to keep your blinders on.


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