A couple of months ago, social media circulated people’s “Top 10 Book” lists. I thought I might join in, but soon found it impossible to make a list that I was satisfied with. But the attempt led me to a good place–to thinking about those who have been fresh voices to me in my spiritual formation.
I began to think about those women and men (historical and contemporary) who have provided me with new wineskins to hold God’s new wine This week and next, I will share my list of names with you. This week, women–in no particular order of priority…
Historical: The Desert Mothers, Clare, Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila.
Contemporary: Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Susan Muto, Kathleen Norris, Jan Richardson, Carolyn Custis James, Kathleen Hirsch, Barbara Brown Taylor, Christanne Squires, Marva Dawn, Joan Chittister, Emilie Griffin, Rachel Held-Evans, Jen Hatmaker, Phyllis Tickle, Anne Lamott, Christine Pohl, Sue Monk Kidd, Diana Butler Bass, Sarah Bessey.
As others come to mind, I may tell you about them in future posts. I am sure I have forgotten some in this list-making moment.
If you like, use the comment option of this post to let us know who are the women who are “fresh voices” in your Christian journey.