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Bare your soul : the thinking girl's guide to enlightment
Watrous, Angela.
Publication Information:
New York : Seal Press, [2002]

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xiv, 321 pages ; 21 cm
My sister's keeper / Twilight Greenaway -- Coming clean / Angela Watrous -- Road toward Islam : a traveler's tale / Claire Hochachika -- Culture of faith / Shoshana Hebshi -- Last conversation / L. A. Miller -- Glitter and the goddess / Kara Spencer -- Million-step program / Stephanie Groll -- Practice of faith / Maliha Masood -- Daughter of a preacherman / Andrea Richards -- Church of godly men / Tanessa Dillard -- Playhouse and the altar : householder Buddhism / Liesl Schwabe -- Raising a family the good old-fashioned way / Juleigh Howard-Hobson -- Sound of God / Lisa Schiffman -- Worshipping in color / Bernadette Adams Davis -- Pilgrimage on Mission Street / Griselda Suarez -- Just another anarchist antichrist godless-commie Catholic / Sonya Huber -- Flash of lightning / Diane Biray Gregorio -- Yogini in New York / Deborah Crooks -- God is grape / Gail Hudson -- Agnostic dyke seeks goddess / Jennifer M. Collins -- After Christ / Teena Apeles -- Pilgrimage / Pramila Jayapal -- Sex and Catholic girls / Caurie Miner Putnam -- Call to service / Trudi M. H. Frazel -- On ki / Eleanor Martineau.
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BL458 .B37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Whether raised within a specific belief system or warned against all things religious, young women today have been left with questions that dating guides and pop feminist theory cannot answer. This collection answers the call-a handbook for the soul that offers the wisdom and validation of how a variety of women negotiate an empowering spiritual existence in a pop-culture world. In Bare Your Soul, women of all backgrounds and traditions share how investigating questions of spiritualityaffects their lives and their identities. It is a provocative look at the ways in which young women of today both celebrate and repudiate religion-and, ultimately, find answers that fit. One woman shares her practice as a Shiite Muslim and how it intersects and collides with her personal relationships. A woman raised within the Black Baptist community finally finds a spiritual connection with the Unitarian Church-then struggles to balance spiritual fulfillment with her desire to see other Blackfaces in her place of worship. A young mother speaks to the challenges brought on when play dates bring together her family's religion-feminist Goddess-worship-and that of her children's fundamentalist Christian friends. A Western feminist who has converted to Buddhism attempts to reconcile her gender identity with a philosophy that renders gender irrelevant, and one woman argues that the Church of Consumerism is all she needs. A compelling, much-needed anthology, this collection offers balanced, insiders' information on a wide spectrum of traditions and practices, allowing readers to make informed, intelligent spiritual choices for themselves.

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Booklist Review

Editor Watrous has assembled a beguiling collection by young women of various lifestyles and religious persuasions: a Shi'a Muslim, a bisexual lesbian, an African American raised Baptist who finds spirituality in the Unitarian church, a feminist convert to Buddhism, and a spiritual nonconformist who questions atheism when her father falls ill--to name a few. The contributors aren't afraid to ask uncomfortable questions, prod the heart, and engage the mind on issues of faith that affect and confront women. As Watrous' brief, smart introduction points out, popular culture offers few outlets for young women to come fully to terms with spirituality. If there are plenty of guides to finding the perfect mate and seeking out the latest nightspots, there are very few that seriously ponder a woman's spirituality. The largely unheralded writers featured in Bare Your Soul take full advantage of the literary opportunity Watrous gives them to rework traditions, rethink assumptions, and offer unique perspectives on the ongoing process of life. --June Sawyers

Library Journal Review

This book is a collection of diverse essays by and addressed to younger women. We read of women finding spiritual homes in Buddhism, consumerism, Catholicism, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and beyond. All of these essays are intensely personal and memoir-like; their great virtue may lie in the way that they not so much solve as share the contradictions and conundrums their authors face. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.