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The Desert Mothers by Mary C. Earle
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Aug 08, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, christianity, meditation, spiritual-practices, spirituality, women-and-religion, women-writers, inspirational, faith, religion, prayer, devotional-literature, theology
Read from August 08 to September 26, 2010

I think this is the second time I have read this small gem and I suspect I will return to it again. Earle gives an overview of the women who moved to the desert to discover Christian spirituality. Each chapter talks about an aspect of desert spirituality; gives it a context to our present lives and then asks questions so that the reader can apply the lessons learned to her own life. All in all a good study guide to the desert ammas of the first centuries of Christianity.

I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks that there were no women involved in the early church or those who want to think through their present spiritual practices.

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