(Work in progress)
From good little girl to angry feminist to floundering mother of three, trying to get a tenured job teaching literature, then quitting the tenured job... Laugh and cry with me as I negotiate the hazards of being a North American woman in the late 20th C. And oh yes, there's the complication of being a born-again Christian who finally gets saved by Al-Anon and learns to say with Melody Beattie, "I give myself permission to take care of myself...."
This compilation of stories and essays edited by Anne Linstatter (formerly Eggbroten) is an effort to confront the reality of abortion as a morally responsible choice being made by countless Christian women of all denominations. It chronicles how 14 Christian women faced the issue of abortion as well as how they currently feel about their decision. Included is a review of the biblical and ethical issues related to the abortion debate along with a selected bibliography plus a listing of available resources and organizations. "Essential for all libraries," says the Library Journal.
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Who would guess that "Girl Power!" could be a theme in a few books and saints' lives written for women in medieval England? Anne's dissertation explores the portrait of women in Ancrene Riwle, three saints' lives, and two other texts (all written c. 1200). The courage, intelligence, strength, unshakable faith, and physical aggressiveness of the women in these texts are remarkable and quite a contrast to women in contemporary romance literature. Written to encourage women to become vowed virgins fighting the forces of evil in their world, these books expanded women's choices in life and no doubt raised their self-esteem.
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