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Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Why do so many women of faith have such a strong aversion to feminism? And why do so many feminists have an ardent mistrust of religion? These questions are at the heart of Helen LaKelly Hunt's illuminating look at the alliance between spiritual conviction and social action. Intelligent and heartfelt, Faith and Feminism offers a perceptive look at the lives of five spirite ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 20th 2004 by Atria Books
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A few quick words: The stories were interesting, though I thought the author could have done more with them. Still, to make this accessible to a wider audience, they served their purposes nicely. A few other reviewers have commented that it was a stretch to call these women "feminists" - the only one I thought was more of a stretch was Dorothy Day, ironically - the information on her life highlighted public service in general, though not necessary equality between the sexes. Still, showing how e ...more
I wasn't completely bowled over by this book. The stories of the five women Dr. Hunt uses to demonstrate her point of faith and feminism working in tandem were interesting, but I felt that for all of them except Lucretia Mott she was making a real stretch to argue that they were motivated by what we would term "feminism." Most were women who were driven to make a difference (Emily Dickinson being the exception, in my opinion), but it seemed to me that she was trying to make their stories fit her ...more
This book is classified Religion, but to me, it's got several things in one. It's way more than meets the surface glance.

1) It's part academic. The author starts with a philosophy and some theory, and weaves it throughout her book, forming conclusions.
2) It's part biography. The author looks at five women in history through the lens of the theories she established.
3) It's part autobiography. The author adds her own story to the five, looking through the lens of those theories.
4) It's part pamp
This book is moving and relevant. The stories of the various women and their religiously inspired passion for the development and liberation of women are impacting, and great examples to us in postmodern times. My only critique is that there is a lack of historical context and academic rigour - but that doesn't take away from its relevance as bringing these amazing women into the lime light.
Tina Bembry
The middle of the book is what I enjoyed most - the portraits of women who made such a difference. It is encouraging to see how a person's pain, loneliness, advocacy, among other things, can turn into a strong voice and ability to make a difference.
Robyn Goodwin
A back cover review claims that this book "unmasks the false dichotomy between faith and feminism" which really sums up the mindset that this book is designed appeal to. Worth pointing out also that although this book is obviously Christian, nowhere on the cover does it use the word Christian... rather preferring less accurate and less helpful terms like "faith", "religion", and "spirituality". Sigh. Overall, a tad superficial but a very easy read that has some interesting readers digest style b ...more
I was disappointed with how Christian-centric this book is, it doesn't advertise itself as such, it simply uses neutral terms like "faith" and "spirituality" which lead most people to think it might cover women from differing faiths. There is a strong feminist streak in Judaism, but Jewish women aren't mentioned at all, nor are Islamic women - and offering some feminist Muslim women might have been quite a good idea considering.

Overall I found it lack-lustre and dull; the stories were quite typi
Heroes of feminism! It was great to read about amazing women who were not afraid to be authentic and vulnerable.
Enjoyed the look into these interesting women who were way ahead of their times.
The author is not the actress, she's a psychologist who has studied women of faith like Dorothy Day and Lucretia Mott. The feminism movement has largely excluded faith from it's movement. She said the journey toward wholeness is claiming your pain, integrating your shadow, finding your voice, taking action and living communion. I found it fascinating.
The part I actually found most inspiring about this book was the reflective discussion and journaling questions at the end. They really sparked some timely thoughts and conversations for me. I also especially enjoyed the chapter on Emily Dickinson, as I've always found her interesting and relatable.
I really appreciated the author's thesis that one's faith can enrich one's feminism. She asserts the interconnected nature of faith/spirituality and the search for social justice. I enjoyed her portraits of five women of faith and feminism. I would have liked a deeper look at their lives.
This book dealt much more with feminism and spirit filled women than with faith! This was a cute little book containing mini biographies of St.Teresa of Avila, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Emily Dickinson, and Dorothy Day! A interesting read.
Didn't go as in depth as I'd like but it was interesting. I liked the stories of Sojourner Truth and Lucretia Mott.
Anna Ruth
Fluff read. But I liked it.
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