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The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women

by Laura Swan

Swan introduces readers to the saying, lives, stories and spirituality of women in the early Christian desert and monastic movement, from the third century forward. In doing so, she finally sets the record straight that women played an important, influential role in early Christianity, a role that has been long overshadowed by men.

In introducing readers to the sayings, lives, stories, and spirituality of women in the early Christian desert and monastic movement, the author finally sets the record straight that women played an important, influential role in early Christianity. The book journeys between desert, monastery, and city to reveal the stories of ascetics and solitaries whose stories rarely are heard.


In The Forgotten Desert Mothers, she begins with an exploration of the historical context and spirituality of the desert ascetics. Then she weaves together the sayings of the major desert ammas, or mothers, along with commentary that invites readers to reflect on their own spiritual journey as they share their wisdom. The book then journeys between desert, monastery and city to reveal the stories of ascetics and solitaries whose stories are rarely heard, organized in the author's own alphabetical collection. The Forgotten Desert Mothers demonstrates, like no other work, that women have long had a history of leadership in Christianity. This engaging, eye-opening and insightful work targets all faith seekers looking to reclaim the history and spirituality of the women who came before them, as well as to understand their own inner journey. It will be a welcome addition to courses on early church history, women's studies and religious studies.
Binding: Paperback 224 pp.
Pub Date: May 01, 2001
ISBN: 0809140160    EAN: 9780809140169