In the Sanctuary of Women by Jan L. Richardson
Come spend some time in the sanctuary of women, an often-ignored space in Jewish and Christian history. This devotional book for women highlights six women from around the world and across the centuries, inviting us to discover what their lives tell us about God.
Jan Richardson, a gifted poet, artist, and author, believes it is essential for women to listen to one another’s wisdom and bring the fullness of their lives, with all the wonders and messiness, into their prayer life.
In the Sanctuary of Women gathers together these women from scripture and history:
Brigid of Kildare
The desert mothers
Hildegard of Bingen
The Woman of the Song of Songs
Each chapter becomes its own sanctuary, with one of the women serving as a companion as you contemplate the theme that her life offers. Throughout the readings Richardson weaves her own stories, poetry, prayers, and blessings. Midway through each chapter, a section called “The Secret Room” gives you a chance to pause and reflect on unexpected insights.
Reading the book daily will carry you through six months, or you can dip into the readings as you wish. An invitation into reflection and prayer alone or in the company of others, In the Sanctuary of Women is a book to treasure and to share with the women—and the men—in your life.