Hope is a courageous discipline these days, and to revision a limiting story is a bold and hopeful act. A story can create and destroy worlds. A once-upon-a-time can be a battering ram that breaks a long-held dam, one that kept the most medicinal, archetypal rivers from feeding and healing us. To that end, Ronna’s book is an epic achievement and essential addition to any apocalypse-savvy library. ~ Danielle Dulsky, Founder of The Hag School, Author of The Holy Wild, Seasons of Moon and Flame, and The Sacred Hags Oracle
I’ve been waiting for this book my whole life. Or rather, I’ve been waiting for this book from the first moment I could tell there were voices missing. No, not just in Sunday School. There, sure, but elsewhere too. Boardrooms, media, you get the idea.
And while this book holds a gift in the retelling of voices reclaimed, it also invites a bigger question for me: what other voices are missing?
That is the invocation. To bring those voices forward…and mine too.
Brilliantly written, lovingly crafted, this book is a calling forth and a revelation. ~ Tanya Geisler, Leadership Coach and Speaker
Rewriting Eve is a treasure. Ronna Detrick is part archaeologist and part astronaut. She writes to excavate ancient stories and make them fresh, alive, and meaningful again. She journeys to the wild edges of imagination to dance with these women under an expansive star-lit sky. In reclaiming these voices of wisdom and hope she offers each of us the gift of showing the way back home to our own deepest knowing. ~ Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, online Abbess of AbbeyoftheArts.com and author of twenty books including Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal
As I read Rewriting Eve, I kept thinking of all the women who have grown up in churches that don’t allow women to be pastors, preachers, or priests. Then I thought about all the women who have gotten as far away as possible from Christian churches because of Christianity’s widespread anti-feminism. Rewriting Eve is a tremendous gift to both groups. It opens up the Bible in a fresh, liberating, stereotype-challenging way. Whoever you are, you will feel that Ronna Detrick is your pastor in these pages, and the best Bible teacher you ever had. ~ Brian D. McLaren, American pastor, author, speaker, and leading figure in the emerging church movement
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Publication Date: 10.3.23
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From the flyleaf:
We wouldn’t consider letting Isis, Medusa, Pandora, or Persephone slip from our lexicon. To somehow forget the legend of Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, or Mother Teresa would never cross our minds. And yet when it comes to the stories of Eve and other biblical characters, they are rarely known, barely appreciated, and ostensibly “lost” by most of us not deeply entwined within organized religion. Trapped in patriarchy and theological argument, dismissed as irrelevant, or viewed as unchangeable even as times change, these women’s voices, desires, and hearts have too often been silenced through misunderstanding and neglect. As result, we are as well. But when they are reimagined, deconstructed, disentangled from doctrine and dogma, and heard on their own terms, these stories become powerful inspiration and a source of discernment that reconnects us to a feminine lineage and a sovereign sense of self we’ve never known to call on or trust. In Rewriting Eve: Rescuing Women’s Stories From The Bible and Reclaiming Them As Our Own, Ronna Detrick invites us into the presence and power of ten sacred women, revealing the endlessly relevant ways in which they speak today and showing how they can heal, embolden, and transform our stories.
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