Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions

Posted on May 1, 2013 |

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Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions
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How would the most cherished stories of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam be different if women were the active central figures? This ground-breaking collection of short stories from Skylight Paths brings to life the women—daring, brave, thoughtful, and wise—who played important and exciting roles in the early days of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Join Esther as she stands against injustice and her king to save her people, Aisha as she leads hundreds of men into terrifying battle, and Mary as she and Elizabeth dream of the new lives growing inside them. How must Sarah have felt, turning Hagar out into the desert? And how must Hagar have felt, traveling from the safety and security of Abraham’s land toward an uncertain future? These stories invite us to come to know and appreciate the struggles and triumphs of these women—mothers, daughters, believers and seekers.

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Reviews

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“Recovery of the wisdom of women in the great Abrahamic religions is long overdue. Daughters of the Desert is a knock-out contribution to that project. Read the stories, fill your heart, share the wealth with others. This book deserves to become a classic of twenty-first century spiritual reading. Cherish it.”

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—Mitch Finley, author of Prayer for People Who Think Too Much and The Joy of Being Catholic
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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing (May 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594731063
ISBN-13: 978-1594731068

About the Authors

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Sarah Conover is an author of books on world wisdom traditions, biography, and more.

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Claire Rudolf Murphy is the award-winning author of several books for children and young adults, includingChildren of the Gold Rush (winner of the 2000 Willa Cather Award), Gold Rush Women, and Free Radical.

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Meghan Nuttall Sayres is a tapestry weaver and the author of a children’s book, The Shape of Betts Meadow.

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Mary Cronk Farrell, formerly an award-winning television journalist, is now a children’s author and syndicated columnist on family spirituality.
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Betsy Wharton is a writer and nurse whose work has taken her to a Navajo Indian reservation, an AIDS hospice, and a refugee camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
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Teachers’ Guide

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