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The Friendship Of Women

Author : Joan Chittister
ISBN : 1580511015
Genre : Religion
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With rare skill, Sr. Joan explores the sacred dimension of friendship through the lens of faith, tradition, Scripture, and the often-overlooked experience of women. Interwoven with the stunning icons of Benedictine oblate Marcie Bircher, she recovers are reclaims the witness and wisdom of such women as Lydia, Prisca, Phoebe, Martha, Veronica, Elizabeth, Anne, Mary Magdalene, and those gathered at the foot of Christ.
Category: Religion

Rethinking Friendship

Author : Liz Spencer
ISBN : 9780691188201
Genre : Social Science
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From Aristotle to contemporary soap operas, friendship has always been a subject of fascination. But scholarly investigation of the broad social relevance of friendship has been neglected. Rethinking Friendship describes the varied nature of personal relationships today, and also locates friendship in contemporary debates about individualization and the supposed "collapse of community." Exploring friendships with partners and family as well as "friends," the book reveals ways in which friends and friendlike ties are an important and unacknowledged source of social glue. Using a rigorous analysis of in-depth interviews, the authors develop a set of innovative concepts--friendship repertoires (the range of friendships people have); friendship modes (the way people make and maintain friendships over time); and patterns of suffusion (the extent to which boundaries between friends and family become blurred). These concepts form the basis of a typology of personal communities that vary in the roles played by friends, family, partners, and neighbors. Combining scholarly depth and rich description, this absorbing and accessible book will appeal to all those interested in informal social relationships, including students of methodology and policymakers. With its challenge to pessimistic commentators, Rethinking Friendship urges us to resist sweeping generalizations and to acknowledge the sheer diversity of social life today.
Category: Social Science


Author : Barbara Caine
ISBN : 9781317545606
Genre : History
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There has been an increasing interest in the meaning and importance of friendship in recent years, particularly in the West. However, the history of friendship, and the ways in which it has changed over time, have rarely been examined. Friendship: A History traces the development of friendship in Europe from the Hellenistic period to today. The book brings together a range of essays that examine the language of friendship and its significance in terms of ethics, social institutions, religious organizations and political alliances. The essays study the works of classical and contemporary authors to explore the role of friendship in Western philosophy. Ranging from renaissance friendships to Christian and secular friendships and from women’s writing to the role of class and sex in friendships, Friendship: A History will be invaluable to students and scholars of social history.
Category: History

The Fine Art Of Female Friendships

Author : Jane Freund
ISBN : 0982220405
Genre : Bible
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This Bible study examines the top ten characteristics women look for in friends and is based on research conducted of over 1,200 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 18 foreign countries. The book is organized into 11 weeks of five lessons per week and is designed to do alone, with a friend, or in a small group.
Category: Bible

Mary Magdalene

Author : Ingrid Maisch
ISBN : 0814624715
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No other female image has been so strongly influenced by the culture and history of past European centuries as Mary Magdalene. From ancient times to the present, Mary Magdalene has been a summary image of the feminine in each era. Despised as a sinner, revered as a saint, admired as a model disciple, Mary Magdalene became the symbol of al women whose fate she shared throughout history: honored, defamed, pushed to the margins, elevated to unreality, and degraded. Ingrid Maisch examines Mary Magdalene's life from the perspectives of the biblical witnesses through Christian Gnosticism, the early Church interpreters, the Middle Ages to the present. She shows that while the biblical Mary Magdalene still had a leading role in the Jesus movement, in the Middle Ages she gradually became a saint held up to console sin-conscious Christians. In the Reformation and the baroque era, she was seen primarily as a penitent, then as an image of melancholy and resignation. Bourgeois modernity adopted the secularized figure of the Magdalene as a tool for social criticism, especially regarding the treatment of women. In recent decades critical exegesis of the biblical texts and feminist theology revealed another image of Mary Magdalene: the first witness of the Resurrection. Mary Magdalene is one of the great women of the Bible, yet attitudes toward her in the Church and in art, history, and society have wavered between veneration of her as a saint and curiosity about her sinful" past. In Mary Magdalene Ingrid Maisch stresses that reflecting on Mary Magdalene means not only looking behind the history of the influence of the woman from Magdala but also inquiring about women in general, for the image of Mary Magdalene in every era is an indicator of the image borne by women at the time. Chapters are "Mary Magdalene in the New Testament," "The Heiress of the Empire of Light: The Gnostic Mary Magdalene," "Mary Magdalene as Interpreted by the Medieval Mystics," "Mary Magdalene as Saint: The Middle Ages," "The Penitent Magdalene: A Symbol of the BaroqueEra," "Mary Magdalene Between Religion and Aesthetics," "A Peal More Precious than al Others: Magdalene in Brentano's Jesus-Novel," "The Fallen Woman, the Noble Courtesan," "The Woman at Jesus' Feet: Mary Magdalene in Modern Spiritual Poetry," "The 'sinful Magdalene from Bethany': The Confused Image Today," and "Freed from Sins, Demons, and Subjection." Includes eight pages of full color images of Mary Magdalene from earliest to most recent times. "
Category: Religion

Seasons Of Friendship

Author : Marjory Zoet Bankson
ISBN : 080669016X
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"An intense, complex book -- worthy of a high recommendation." -- "Bookstore Journal" What do we need from a friend? It depends on what "season" of our life we're in, proposes Marjory Bankson. In spring, we need friends to nurture our new growth; in summer we gravitate toward friends who invite us to play; in autumn, we gather with friends to celebrate life's "harvest"; in winter, we are drawn to friends to walk with us in silence. Starting from this premise that our friendship needs vary with the changing seasons of our lives, Bankson explores the contemporary relevance of the biblical story of Naomi and Ruth -- two women who stood together through marriages and moves, death, and displacement. Each chapter includes journaling questions for reflection and discussion.

Friendship In An Age Of Economics

Author : Todd May
ISBN : 9780739175828
Genre : Philosophy
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This is the first book not only to detail the relationships neoliberalism encourages us to have but also to see how friendship can provide a bulwark of resistance to it. Written in an engaging style, it will be understandable to political theorists, philosophers, social scientists, and cultural theorists.
Category: Philosophy

The Friendships Of Women

Author : Dee Brestin
ISBN : 1434765768
Genre : Religion
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In The Friendships of Women, Dee Brestin encourages you to listen to your need for friendships and to find and strengthen those relationships. Relying on key biblical stories, Dee explores what the story of Ruth teaches us about "rapport talk," how Luke celebrates the power of women's intuition, and what we can learn about avoiding unhealthy dependency from one of the most significant friendships in the Old Testament. With a passion borne from an intense belief in the power of friendship, Dee guides your relationships to new levels of intimacy and trust. Engaging, honest, and deeply personal, The Friendships of Women will inspire you to see your desire for friendship not as a burden but as a gift.
Category: Religion

Wise Women

Author : Susan Cahill
ISBN : 0393316793
Genre : Religion
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Gathers poems, essays, prayers, letters, and memoirs by women from various spiritual backgrounds, from Ishtar of Babylonia, to contemporary poet Lucille Clifton
Category: Religion

Scarred By Struggle Transformed By Hope

Author : Joan Chittister
ISBN : 0802829740
Genre : Religion
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Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Sister Joan Chittister deftly explores the landscape of suffering and hope. (Practical Life)
Category: Religion