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The Thirst of God

Contemplating God's Love with Three Women Mystics

Wendy Farley

  • 8/27/2015
  • 0664259863
  • 978-0-664-25986-0
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 160
  • 6 x 9
  • 8.00 oz

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"In an age where disillusionment with the institutional church is rampant and the message that 'love wins' is thought to be a new idea, Wendy Farley invites us into the minds and hearts of three mystics who, centuries ago, lost their lives in service to this very conviction. Farley explores the thought and passions of Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite de Porete, and Julian of Norwich, inviting her readers into their belief that, though the teachings of the church are of some value, our experiences of the Trinity's capaciousness override any doctrines of sin, salvation, and judgment that compromise on the unconditional love of God.I know of no work circulating today that more ably and beautifully reclaims 'heretical' ideas from the past as remedies for the hatefulness and hypocrisies of the present. In my view, Farley in this book joins hands with these three courageous and faithful women in the healing work of Lady Love."
—Cynthia L. Rigby, Austin Presbyterian Seminary

"Written in an engaging, available style, Wendy Farley's The Thirst of God ushers us into the worlds of three women theologians from the Middle Ages—Marguerite Porete, Mechthild of Madgeburg, and Julian of Norwich. It also tells the story of the Beguines, lay sisterhoods that began in the 12th century whose communities were called 'schools of love.' This ground-breaking book just might make you think differently about the hard-edged dogmatism that has often characterized Christian thought. It might encourage you to engage in contemplative practices. Most of all, it invites you to reclaim the most essential of all theological truths—that we are loved by God. Even the footnotes in this book are not to be missed!"
—Joanna Adams, Presbyterian Minister

"This fierce and tender book enacts the teaching of great medieval writers on divine love—of Mechthild, Marguerite Porete, Julian of Norwich. We call these writers "mystics," but it would be better to recognize them as story-tellers of every passionate life with God. Certainly Wendy Farley tells their teachings with passion, giving her voice—giving her compassionate desire—to their inheritance."
—Mark Jordan, Harvard University

"While historians have recovered these great Beguine mystics, Wendy Farley is the first constructive theologian to channel these women's wisdom from their medieval context into ours. She reads them so glowingly, so tenderly, so needfully, that she lures the reader-whether undergraduate, seminarian or scholar-into a contemplative activity: a loving adventure of love itself."
— Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University, and author of The Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement

"Mechthild, Marguerite, and Julian are some of the neglected treasures of Christian theology. Accept Farley's invitation to journey with them into the depths of God's love!"
— Amy Plantinga Pauw, Henry P. Mobley Jr. Professor of Doctrinal Theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary


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