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RevGals Friday Five: Women’s Retreat Edition – Shawna R. B. Atteberry
Mar 092012

Revkjarla writes to us this week:

This Friday-Saturday is our annual Women’s Retreat at my church. It’s one of my favorite 24 hours of the year, because we enjoy each other, we laugh, we cry, we support each other..and all of that good stuff!

So, since I am in the WR mode, let’s talk about women in your life!

1. Name a woman author you very much love to read.

Just one? That’s not going to happen, but here are a few: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeline L’Engle (Happy 50th Birthday A Wrinkle in Time!), Susan McKinley, Charlaine Harris, Maeve Binchy, and Louisa May Alcott. You did mean fiction right? Cause if we get into non-fiction….

2. Name a woman from the Bible with whom you would like to enjoy a nice long coffee talk.

Again–just one? Mary Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Abigail, Deborah, Phoebe, and Lydia.

3. Name a famous woman from history with whom you would like to have lunch.

Queen Elizabeth I

4. Name a living famous or infamous woman with whom you would like to go out to dinner.

Sandra Day O-Conner: I was 11 years old when she was appointed to the Supreme Court, and that’s when I knew girls could do more than I was told they could do. About the same time I was reading A Wrinkle in Time, and Meg showed me that girls could do more than I was being told too. Looking back it was an incredible intersection of fiction and life showing me I could be so much more than I had ever been told before (Wonder Woman was involved in these realizations as well). For more on how fiction has liberated me from traditional gender roles and stereotypes read Women and Fiction: Writing the World Right.

5. If you could be SuperWoman (o.k., I know you already ARE) what three special powers would you like to have?

Climb up walls like Spidey, Wonder Woman’s lasso, and to be able to see the Unseen Worlds all around us–to not just sense the Thin Places but walk through them.

Did you know there are only eight verses in the Bible that discourage women from speaking and holding leadership positions in the church? Did you know there are thousands of verses in the Bible that tell the stories of women who were leaders in their homes, towns, and religious circles? Meet the women in the Bible who were religious & civic leaders, business women, & women who challenged both Jesus and Moses in What You Didn’t Learn in Sunday School. What else didn’t you learn in Sunday School? Find out when you buy What You Didn’t Learn in Sunday School: Women Who Didn’t Shut Up & Sit Down from Wipf and Stock Publishers or Amazon.com today.

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  4 Responses to “RevGals Friday Five: Women’s Retreat Edition”

  1. Amen to Sandra Day & Meg Murray; what a fantastic intersection in your life. Love your concept of Thin Places. Peace!

  2. yay for Mary Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Abigail, Deborah, Phoebe, and Lydia, and of course, Sandra Day O’Connor–way to play…peace!

  3. oh yes, love the idea of being able to see and walk through the thin places. awesome.
    thanks for a wonderful description of fiction being liberating–I’ve thought the same thing but nowhere near as eloquently as you!

  4. fun play. yes, it is hard to just to choose one–or even 5!

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