WATER Recommends: February 2013

All of the books we recommend are available for the borrowing from the Carol Murdock Scinto Library in the WATER office. Check out librarything.com for our complete collection. We are grateful to the many publishers who send us review copies to promote to the WATER community.

Copeland, M. Shawn. UNCOMMON FAITHFULNESS: THE BLACK CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009 (228 pages, $26).

A must-read on contemporary Catholicism, this book includes essays by Jamie Phelps, Shawn Copeland, Diana Hayes, and others who bring their theological acumen and their political commitments to an important history.


Copeland, M. Shawn. THE SUBVERSIVE POWER OF LOVE: THE VISION OF HENRIETTE DELILLE. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1989, (85 pages, $9.95).

The life of Henriette Delille, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family, is told with verve and insight. A religious community for free women of color, the Sisters were in the vanguard of racial inclusivity and women’s empowerment.


Corley, Kathleen E. MARANATHA: WOMEN’S FUNERARY RITUALS AND CHRISTIAN ORIGINS. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010 (262 pages, $25.55).

Women have always been the ones to deal with death and dying in communities. So it was in the Jesus movement with resurrection at stake.


Isherwood, Lisa. PATRIARCHS, PROPHETS, AND OTHER VILLAINS. London: Equinox Publishing Ltd., 2007 (226 pages, $27.95).

Counter readings of texts with feminist and queer lenses is a productive exercise by a variety of writers including Lisa Isherwood, Marcella Althaus-Reid, Carol P. Christ, and Janet Wooton.


Jantzen,Grace M. VIOLENCE TO ETERNITY: DEATH AND THE DISPLACEMENT OF BEAUTY, VOLUME 2 (Edited by Jeremy Carette and Morny Joy), Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York, 2009 (250 pages, $37.95). A PLACE OF SPRINGS: DEATH AND THE DISPLACEMENT OF BEAUTY, VOLUME 3 (Edited by Jeremy Carette and Morny Joy), London and New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2010 (218 pages, $87.50).

Thanks to these editors, the final work of the late feminist philosopher Grace Jantzen is now available. How violence took over and beauty took a back seat lies at the heart of this project. Her emphasis on “natality” is exemplified by this “new life” that comes after the premature death of a brilliant and productive scholar.


Kamitsuka, Margaret D. (Editor), THE EMBRACE OF EROS: BODIES, DESIRES, AND SEXUALITY IN CHRISTIANITY. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010 (356 pages, $22.24).

New readings of traditional sources open the Christian community to previously unimagined richness. These authors, including Laurel Schneider, Serene Jones, and Mark Jordan, leave little doubt that the difficult task of rereading is worth doing. Imagine the bodies that will benefit.


Karkazis, Katrina. FIXING SEX: INTERSEX, MEDICAL AUTHORITY, AND LIVED EXPERIENCE. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2008 (365 pages, $23.95).

Most people know so little about Intersex realities that this primer is a good place to start. The author sees surgery as the last resort, trying instead to make society more open and accepting of human diversity.



A first, this anthology brings together well chosen essays in which maleness is seen as gendered, not as normative. It contains a conversation that is ongoing but little noticed as men deal with the realities of being human beings who share the world with women. This is a book worth buying and studying in a group.


Miles, Rebekah (Editor). GEORGIA HARKNESS—THE REMAKING OF A LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN: COLLECTED ESSAYS FROM 1929-1942, Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010 (186 pages, $22.80).

Rebekah Miles has done a great service to make these core writings of Georgia Harkness available. Dr. Harkness was among the earliest women theologians, a Methodist champion of women’s ordination, a prolific writer, preacher, and teacher who paved a hard way toward equality.


Murray, Anne Firth. FROM OUTRAGE TO COURAGE: WOMEN TAKING ACTION FOR HEALTH AND JUSTICE. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 2008 (311 pages, $24.95).

Global Fund for Women founder Anne Firth Murray knows the world of women. It is a dangerous, fraught place for all of us, especially for young and poor women. This book is a healthy antidote to the multiple problems of sexism, poverty, racism, and the rest.


Pinsky, Dina. JEWISH FEMINISTS: COMPLEX IDENTITIES AND ACTIVIST LIVES. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2010, (168 pages, $20).

This is a compact treatment of the women and men who give feminist Judaism a great name as they reshape a tradition.


Vigen, Aana Marie. WOMEN, ETHICS, AND EQUALITY IN U.S. HEALTHCARE: “TO COUNT AMONG THE LIVING.” New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 (272 pages, $84.95).

Health care justice for all, especially for poor women, ought to be at the heart of every political conversation. This book puts it there.


Walker, Alice. HARD TIMES REQUIRE FURIOUS DANCING: NEW POEMS. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2010 (184 pages, $18).

Inspired and inspiring poems from a beloved American poet. Alice Walker knows what it takes to keep on going.

WATER Recommends: Spring 2011

WATER Recommends: Spring 2011

Tap into what we’re reading at the WATER office with the following resources.

All of the books we recommend are available for the borrowing from the Carol Murdock Scinto Library in the WATER office. Check out librarything.com for our complete collection. We are grateful to the many publishers who send us review copies to promote to the WATER community.

Althaus-Reid, Marcella and Isherwood, Lisa. CONTROVERSIES IN CONTEXTUAL THEOLOGY: TRANS/FORMATIONS. London: SCM Press, 2009 (204 pages, $25.00).

Armand-Ugón, Fanny Geymonat. NOMBRANDO A DIOS EN LOS ANDES: UNE PERSPECTIVA TEOLÓGICA FEMINISTA EN CONTEXTO Y PLURICULTURAL. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010 (198 pages, $38.82).

Brock, Rita Nakashima and Parker, Rebecca Ann. SAVING PARADISE: HOW CHRISTIANITY TRADED LOVE OF THIS WORLD FOR CRUCIFIXION AND EMPIRE. Boston: Beacon Press, 2008 (552 pages, $34.95).

Fiedler, Maureen, ed. BREAKING THROUGH THE STAINED GLASS CEILING: WOMEN RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN THEIR OWN WORDS. New York: Seabury Books, 2010 (211 pages, $22.00).

Kim, Eunjoo Mary. PREACHING IN AN AGE OF GLOBALIZATION. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010 (168 pages, $25.00).

Minney, Gretchen Kloten. CALLED: WOMEN HEAR THE VOICE OF THE DIVINE. Broomfield, CO: Wonder Why Publications, 2010 (155 pages, $14.95).

Pui-lan, Kwok, ed. HOPE ABUNDANT: THIRD WORLD AND INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S THEOLOGY. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010 (276 pages, $34.00).

Ruether, Rosemary Radford. CATHOLIC DOES NOT EQUAL THE VATICAN. New York: The New Press, 2008 (150 pages, $23.95).

Rupp, Joyce. MAY YOU REJOICE: A BLESSING FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2010 (26 pages, $4.50).

Siebert, Ute. ESPACIOS ABIERTOS: CAMINOS DE LA TEOLOGÍA FEMINISTA. Santiago de Chile: Conspirando, 2010 (132 pages, $39.00).

Alda, Arlene. LULU’S PIANO LESSON. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books, 2010 (30 pages, $16.95).

Azore, Barbara. WANDA’S FRECKLES. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books, 2009 (24 pages, $19.95).

WATER Recommends: June 2015

Tap into what we’re reading at the WATER office with the following resources.

All of the books we recommend are available for the borrowing from the Carol Murdock Scinto Library in the WATER office. Check out librarything.com for our complete collection. We are grateful to the many publishers who send us review copies to promote to the WATER community.

Chung, Meehyun. LIBERATION AND RECONCILIATION. Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches Publications, 2014 (142 pages, $7).

Korean feminist theology comes alive in these pages. Liberation and reconciliation are hallmarks of the divided peninsula. Meehyun writes accessibly for a broad audience contributing biblical as well as spiritual insights.

Gibson, Dawn-Marie and Karim, Jamillah. WOMEN OF THE NATION: BETWEEN BLACK PROTEST AND SUNNI ISLAM. New York: New York University Press, 2014 (263 pages, $23.40).

This book is a thorough history of American Muslim women’s experiences in the Nation of Islam from the strict and organized pre-1975 structure to the more inclusive and liberating modern-day structures. Gibson and Karim thoughtfully and critically draw out a study of black women’s accounts of the Nation of Islam with descriptive analyses of the race, gender, and class politics that shaped these women’s efforts to find a theology consistent with their own life experiences.

Graham, Elaine L., ed. GRACE JANTZEN: REDEEMING THE PRESENT. Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2009 (269 pages, $44.96).

An anthology by colleagues and students on the work and inspirations of feminist philosopher Grace Jantzen, this collection is a wide-ranging resource detailing her influence on gender, Western culture, and religion. Her vision for a society focused on life and natality is explored by a wide range of voices. This is an important work for newcomers to Jantzen’s thought and followers of her broad scholarship alike.

Grushcow, Rabbi Lisa J., ed. THE SACRED ENCOUNTER: JEWISH PERSPECTIVES ON SEXUALITY. New York: CCAR Press, 2014 (765 pages, $23.50).

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow has compiled a tome to be placed beside the holy books as a primary source on Judaism and sexuality.  She joins the important voices of Denise Eger, Laura Geller, and Jane Rachel Litman in the Jewish tradition of questioning and interpreting a lush field of topics, from the complications of marriage when  Alzheimer’s intrudes to the history of LGBTQ members in the Reform movement.  If you find yourself wondering about life and love in the Jewish body, have no fear, “The Sacred Encounter” is here.


A beautifully accessible proposal for cosmopolitan theology rooted in the embrace of global unity, radical compassion, and inclusion that goes beyond gender, race, religion, sexuality, and nationality. Dr. Kang outlines with depth and readability her strategies for a more connected and loving world. Academic precision and passionate activism are her hallmarks.

Kang, Namsoon. DIASPORIC FEMINIST THEOLOGY: ASIA AND THEOPOLITICAL IMAGINATION. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014 (378 pages, $39).

Dr. Kang shapes new, critical, and expansive feminist theological discourses through the lens of diaspora which transform and transcend current concepts of gender, identity, globalization, and postcolonialism. This important work has immense reverberations and will be refreshing to those seeking cutting edge ways of doing feminist theology.

McWeeny, Jennifer and Butnor, Ashby, eds. ASIAN AND FEMINIST PHILOSOPHIES IN DIALOGUE: LIBERATING TRADITIONS. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014 (318 pages, $31.50).

A wonderful introduction to feminist comparative philosophy and methodology, this diverse collection investigates ancient Asian philosophies through a feminist lens while guiding the reader along with detailed explanations and definitions. This modern exploration into traditional cultural constructions and concepts of the self will help novice and expert alike.

Messina-Dysert, Gina and Ruether, Rosemary Radford, eds. FEMINISM AND RELIGION IN THE 21ST CENTURY: TECHNOLOGY, DIALOGUE, AND EXPANDING BORDERS. New York: Routledge Press, 2015 (217 pages, $134.87).

A compelling exploration of technology’s effects on the field of feminism and religion through essays by a varied group of theologians. The collection makes a stunning case for how technology fosters expanded dialogue, spreads the feminist revolution, and shapes the future of the movement. Authors critique the downfalls of social networks as well as the problems of media elitism. Nonetheless, the remarkable pluses of technology for feminist religious studies shine forth.

Schatz, Kate and Stahl, Miriam Klein (illustrator). RAD AMERICAN WOMEN: A-Z. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2015 (64 pages, $14.95).

With these wondrous women and Klein Stahl’s visionary visuals to match, Schatz rouses the reader’s own rad-ness. Technically a book for kids, this alphabetical anthology will cheer feminists and aspiring feminists of all ages. Important, intersectional, and influential.

Shepard, Florence Rose Krall. SOMETIMES CREEK: A WYOMING MEMOIR. Durango, Colorado: Raven’s Eye Press, 2012 (354 pages, $18).

A captivating story written with verve, this memoir is a rich reflection on a complex life. Flo Shepard explores seasons, sensations, scholarship in a delectable display of nature writing in all of its spiritual beauty.

Sokolove, Deborah. SANCTIFYING ART: INVITING CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN ARTISTS, THEOLOGIANS, AND THE CHURCH. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2013 (190 pages, $22).

Sokolove examines the complexity of our relationship to art, guiding us through cultural shifts and personal musings. She widens the spaces between those three small letters a-r-t until we float in that strange jumble of quotidian and sublime – art every bit as colorful, dynamic, and holy as laundry drying on a line. Sokolove’s contemplations are rich starting points for those considering the plentiful intersections of art, worship, selfhood, and society.