An introduction to the sayings, lives, stories, and spirituality of women in the postbiblical, early Christian movement.
“Written in clear, heartfelt language, this book does two things beautifully. It reviews lost memories of women leaders in the early evolution of Christian spirituality, thus filling in one more missing piece of women’s history. And it calls the reader to a path of spirituality sorely needed in today’s clamorous world: slow down, be quiet, listen for the voice of God deep within your heart. The book’s attractiveness is enhanced by a time line, ordination rite, glossary and calendar of feasts in addition to notes and bibliography. Altogether an appealing contribution.”
—Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Fordham University
"Laura Swan illuminates the desert mothers' stories and teachings with the insights drawn from her own experience of the same struggles in the context of modern religious life. There are surely lessons here for every reader."
—Jo Ann McNamara, Professor Emerita, Hunter College
“This is a mother lode of old holy wisdom, kept secret in the Spirit’s hidden design and now passed to new generations when it is most needed.”