Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith

Erin Lane, Editor, Enuma Okoro, Editor
Edited by Erin S. Lane and Enuma C. Okoro. White Cloud (PGW, dist.), $16.95 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-1-935952-86-2
Reviewed on: 09/23/2013
Release date: 10/01/2013
Open Ebook - 262 pages - 978-1-306-44218-3
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In the fourth volume of the I Speak for Myself series, editors Lane and Okoro (Reluctant Pilgrim) have compiled a bold collection of personal essays from young Christian women. The writers are drawn from numerous denominations (including Baptist, Catholic, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and Unitarian Universalist, and some are even agnostic) and share an even wider range of experiences negotiating the intersection of faith, gender, and identity. All of them speak candidly about historically "taboo" topics such as domestic violence, religious doubt, homosexuality, masturbation, menstruation, and sexism in the church. Their beautifully honest stories disrupt a tradition of silence. Many of the essays shed light on how painful it can be to confront patriarchy within one's own religious tradition. Although some may be frustrated by the lack of a cohesive structure or the editors' decision to omit some type of conclusion, many readers will be inspired as these women reclaim their voice. This significant book offers a glimpse of the diverse lived realities of Christian women and encourages the church to accept the full humanity of women. (Oct.)
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