A Woman's Way

A Woman's Way

The Forgotten History of Women Spiritual Directors

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McMillan Palgrave
Ranft’s insights shed light on the understanding society had of women as spiritual beings and on the position of women in a Christian society.

Given the significance of spiritual direction in modern Christianity, surprisingly little attention has been given to the tradition upon which today s spiritual direction is built. This book delinates the history of spiritual direction for women and by women within the larger context of the history of Christian spirituality and its understanding of human perfectibility. By examining the ways in which women practiced spiritual direction, this study reveals the degree to which women influenced society by using an avenue of influence previously overlooked by scholars.

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Ranft (history, Central Michigan U.) presents a history of spiritual direction by women within Christianity. Defining spiritual direction as the act of directing others towards the spiritual, in ways that range from the unreflective style of the first millennium to the modern period where spiritual direction is presented in a multitude of forms, the author traces the development of women's role in spiritual guidance and how it affects society. She also explores how society understood women as spiritual beings and the position women have held in Christian societies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Palgrave, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312217129
Branch Call Number: 253.53 RAN
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 22 cm


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