BIRTHING GOD: Women’s Experiences of the Divine
Powerful narratives of suffering, love, and hope that
inspire both personal and collective transformation.
In Birthing God, forty women relate spirit-filled moments: a grieving pastor walks a labyrinth and rediscovers the Rock of her existence; a human rights advocate re-encounters Allah in an intensely visceral moment in the sun; an educator, moved by an ancestral vision, launches a global tree-planting project to heal the wounds of slavery; a revolutionary awakens from a coma and realizes that all of life is infused with Spirit; a peasant woman under fire discovers within herself the God who gives her courage; and a disabled doctor, embraced by Shekhinah, turns her heart to rabbinical studies. Each woman’s story invites readers to deepen and enliven their own spiritual practices.
Grounded in raw experience and ideal for spiritual seekers and leaders of all faiths, this book brings readers face to face with a divinity who empowers and accompanies women of many traditions: Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Taoist, indigenous, pagan, and, as one interviewee put it, “syncretic and wonderfully blended faiths.”
Meditations and thought-provoking questions cap each story, making the book ideal for personal reflection and group discussion. Women’s circles, classes, book clubs and women’s spirituality groups, both inside and outside of traditional congregational and educational settings, will find this book engaging and inspiring.