The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

The other day, my friend Leigh recommended The Dance of the Dissident Daughter for my new year’s reading. She had decided to tackle one spiritual work per month this year, and this was the first one she came across. Having read and enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees, and listening to Leigh’s brief bio of Sue Monk Kidd, it seemed like it was worth a shot.

Of course, as friends do, I gave her my suggestions for her reading list. The 2 that I put on her list were Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, 1941-1943 and Letters from Westerbork and She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth A. Johnson. Her response – “oh, I think that both of those were referenced in The Dance of the Dissident Daughter.” So, then it really seemed like her recommendation would be good one.

I’ve been plowing my way through this one for the past few days… a few years ago, at the suggestion of a Vincentian priest (he’s now left the priesthood), I read a couple of very powerful books. The first was Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, 1941-1943 and Letters from Westerbork; the other was She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth A. Johnson. (Now you know where my recommendations came from.) and lo and behold, Sue Monk Kidd refers to both of these books. We’re on the same wavelength now!

More as I progress through the book.

Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, 1941-1943 and Letters from Westerbork
She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse