A Woman’s Way: The Forgotten History of Women Spiritual Directors

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Palgrave Macmillan US, 2000 - Religion - 254 pages
Given the significance of spiritual direction in modern Christianity, surprisingly little attention has been given to the tradition upon which today s spiritual direction is built. This book delinates the history of spiritual direction for women and by women within the larger context of the history of Christian spirituality and its understanding of human perfectibility. By examining the ways in which women practiced spiritual direction, this study reveals the degree to which women influenced society by using an avenue of influence previously overlooked by scholars.

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Ranft (history, Central Michigan Univ.; Women and the Religious Life) employs a broad definition of "spiritual direction" to reveal the often unnoticed power and influence women have wielded ... Read full review

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PATRICIA RANFT is Professor of History at Central Michigan University. Her books include, Women and the Religious Life in Premodern Europe (SMP 1996) and Women and Spiritual Equality in Christian Traditions (SMP 1998).

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