Janet McKenzie, Epiphany


      This bibliography has been developed over the years. It may feel quite dated to some of you. As you know, I have a bias toward women — painters, sculptors, writers, theologians, poets… It becomes obvious here.

      It is a page in process which will develop as days go by. 

      I would love to discover some of your favorite books.

Blessed Virgin Mary

Bingemer, Maria Clara. Yvonne Gebara. Mary Mother of God, Mother of the Poor. Continuum International Publishing Group, 1999.

Cunneen, Sally. In Search of Mary: The Woman and the Symbol. Ballantine Books, 1996.

Elizabeth Johnson. Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints. Continuum: 2006.

Warner, Marina. Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary. Vintage, 1993.

Feminist Theology

Berger, Susan. Women’s Ways of Worship. Gender Analysis and Liturgical History. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999.

Boys, Mary. C. Has God Only One Blessing: Judaism as a Source of Christian Understanding. Paulist Press 2000.

Brock, Rita N., Claudia Camp, Serene Jones, eds. Setting the Table: Women in Theological Conversation. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1995.

Coll, Regina A. Christianity and Feminism in Conversation. Mystic. Twenty-Third Publications, 1998.

Crawford, A. Elaine Braine. Hope in the Holler: A Womanist Theology. Louisville: Westminser/John Knox, 2002.

Daly, Mary. God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1985.

Durkin Dierks, Sheila. WomenEucharist. Boulder: WowenWord Press, 1997.

Duerk, Judith. Circles of Stones: Woman’s Journey to Herself. LuraMedia. 1989.

Fox, Ruth, O.S.B. “Women in the Bible and the Lectionary.” CTA Reprints, 28 March 2000.


Gateley, Edwina. All her books, like A Warm Moist Salty God, God Goes to Church, Soul Sisters, Christ in the Margins…

Gebara, Ivone. Out of the Depths: Women’s Experience of Evil and Salvation. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002.

Hunt, Mary E., Fierce Tenderness: Toward a Feminist Theology of Friendship.  Harpercollins, 1989.

—      , and Diann L. Neu. New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views. Jewish Lights Publishing. 2010.


Johnson, Elizabeth, C.S.J. Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God. Continuum, 2011.

—      .  She Who Is; The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse.  Crossroad, 2002.

—      . Friends of God and Prophets: A Feminist Theological Reading of the Communion of Saints. Continuum, 1999.

—      . The Church Women Want: Catholic Women in Dialogue. Crossroad, 2002.

—      . Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit, Paulist Press, 1993.

—      . Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology. Crossroad, 1992.

Lerner, Gerda. The Creation of Patriarchy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

McEnroy, Carmel. Guests in Their Own House. The Women of Vatican II. New York, Crossroad, 1996.

McFague, Sallie. Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987.

Moore, Mary Elizabeth. Ministering with the Earth. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1998.

Procter-Smaith, Marjorie. In Her Own Rite: Constructing Feminist Liturgical Tradition. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990.

—     .  Praying with our Eyes Open: Engendering Feminist Liturgical Prayer. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995.


Radford Ruether, Rosemary. All of her books, such as Womanguides, Woman-Church, Goddesses and the Divine Feminine, Sexism and God-Talk, etc.

Rodriguez, Jeannette. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Faith and Empowerment among Mexican-American Women. U. of Texas Press, 1994.

Ross, Susan A. Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology. New York: Continuum, 1998.

Schneiders, Sandra M. Beyond Patching: Faith and Feminism in the Catholic Church. New York: Paulist Pres, 1991.

—     .  With Oil in Their Lamps: Faith, Feminism and the Future. 2000 Madaleva Lecture in Spirituality. New York: Paulist Press, 2000.


Schüssler-Fiorenza, Elizabeth. All her books, such as Bread Not Stone: The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation, In Memory of Her, Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet, etc.

Shinoda Bolen, Jean. All her books, particularly Goddesses in EveryWoman and Goddesses in Older Women, HarperCollins, 2001.

Soelle, Dorothee. Suffering. Augsburg Fortress. Publishing, 1984.

—      , The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance. Fortress Press, 2001.

—      , Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian. Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1999.

—      , The Mystery of Death. Augsburg Fortress Press, 2009.

—      , Theology for Skeptics. Fortress Press, 1995.

Torjesen, Karen Jo. When Women Were Priests. San Francisco: Harper, 1993.


Trible, Phyllis. Texts of Terror: Literary Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.

Walton, Janet R. Feminist Liturgy: A Manner of Justice. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000.

Winter, Miriam Therese. All her books, such as WomanWisdom, WomanWitness, WomanPrayer, etc.

Winter, M.T., Adair Lummis and Allison Stokes. Defecting in Place: Women Claiming Responsibility for Their Own Spiritual Lives. New York: Crossroad, 1995.


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Chittister, Joan. Some of my favorite books are

—     .  The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life. Bluebridge: 2011.

—    . The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully. Bluebridge: 2010.

—     .  The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century. Crossroads: 2010.

—     .  Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir of course. Sheed & Ward: 2009.

—     .  Wisdom Distilled From The Daily: Living The Rule of St. Benedict Today. HarperOne: 1991.

Fiand, Barbara. In the Stillness You Will Know: Exploring the Paths of our Ancient Belonging. Crossroad: 2002.

Hayes, Diana L. Were You There? Stations of the Cross. Orbis: 2000.

Hellwig, Monika K. Guests of God: Stewards of Divine Creation. Paulist Press: 1999.

Huebsch, Bill. A New Look at Grace. A Spirituality of Wholeness. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1966. 6th Printing.

Brother Lawrence. The Practice of the Presence of God. Dover Publications: 2005.

Linn, Matthew, sheila Fabricant Linn, Dennis Linn. Simply Ways to Pray for Healing. Paulist Press: 1998

Merton, Thomas. Any of his books, particularly New Seeds of Contemplation. New Directions Publishing Corp. 1972. I still have to read Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (I love this title!)

Meehan, Bridget. The Healing Power of Prayer. Liguori, 1999.

Monda, Barbara J. Rejoice, Beloved Woman! The Psalms Revisited. Sorin Books, 2004.

Norris, Kathleen. Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith. Riverhead Books: 1998.

—     .  The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work.” (Madaleva Lecture in Spirituality). Paulist Press: 1998.

—     .   The Cloister Walk, Riverhead Trade: 1997.

Nouwen, Henry. Any of his books. I particularly like With Open Hands. Ave Maria Press, 1995.

Rupp, Joyce. Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation. Sorin Books: 2011.

—     .  The Star in My Heart: Discovering Inner Wisdom. Ave Maria Press 2010.

—     .  Prayers to Sophia: Deepening Our Relationship With Holy Wisdom. Ave Maria Press: 2010.

—     .  May I have this Dance? An Invitation to Faithful Prayer Throughout The Year. Ave Maria Press: 2007.

—     .  The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth. Ave Maria Press: 1997.

—     .   Little Pieces of Light… Darkness and Personal Growth. Paulist Press: 1984

Shea, John. Stories of Faith. Allen: Thomas More Publishing, 1996.

Teresa of Avila. Anything by this Doctor of the Church, such as her Autobiography, Interior Castle, The Way of Perfection.

Tiberghien, Susan. Circling to the Center: One Woman’s Encounter with Silent Prayer. Paulist Press, 2001.


Wiederkehr, Macrina. Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day. Sorin Books: 2008

—     .  The Song of the Seed: A Monastic Way of Tending the Soul. HarperSanFrancisco: 1997.

—     .  Seasons of the Heart, Prayers and Reflections. HarperOne: 1991.

—     .  A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary. HarperOne: 1990.



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Ignatian Spirituality

Dyckman, Katherine, Mary Garvin, Elizabeth Liebert. The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women. Paulist Press: 2001.

Hebblethwaite, Margaret. Finding God in All things. Fount Paperbacks: 1987

Silf, Margaret, with Gerald W. Hughes. Inner Compass, An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality. Loyola Press, 2007.

—      . The Other Side of Chaos. Breaking Through when Life is Breaking Down. Loyola Press, 2011.

—      . Simple Faith: Moving Beyond Religion as You Know It to Grow in Your Relationship with God. Loyola Press, 2012.

… And many more…