Sue Monk Kidd is a former Christian author who began to question her role as a woman in her culture, her family, and her church. *Dissident Daughter* is a wonderfully touching memoir of her search for the sacred feminine, and a way to retain her heartfelt connections with Christianity while embracing that sacred feminine.
I absolutely loved this book! It gave me "permission" to look beyond what is preached in the church to find a connection to the sacred for myself, without requiring me to give up everything I have known and believed my entire life as a Christian.
I wasn't prepared for this book in the least and I'm glad for that, because I might not have read it if I was prepared. This book was one of the most profound spiritual books that I've read, not simply because of the material presented which is profound enough, but because it allowed me to start a journey of questioning what I believe and whether it is what I believe or what I've been taught to believe. It is not traditional-as the title would very clearly imply, but what it is instead touched me far more than anything traditional I've ever read. Sue Monk Kidd writes bravely and honestly in this book and helps give voice to the deep wounding experienced by females in traditional religious history and an understanding of how we got where we are today.
This book was quite eye-opening, especially in terms of a father/daughter relationship. Not a light read, but recommend this from the author of The Secret Life of Bees.
This book was fantastic! I've read it through several times and there's something new to be found with each new read.
Monk's spiritual journey as she begins to question the patriarchal structure of mainstream Christianity and seeks the Feminine Divine is an honest and well-crafted story of one woman's spiritual journey, yet it never transcends itself. Lots of source material is cited for those who wish to dig deeper.