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Mystics, Visionaries, and Prophets: A Historical Anthology of Women's Spiritual Writings

Mystics, Visionaries, and Prophets

A Historical Anthology of Women's Spiritual Writings

Shawn Madigan C.S.J. (Editor)


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Winner of Catholic Press Association Book-of-the-Year Award—Spirituality

Unique in its range and depth, this lavish anthology for the first time captures in a single volume the most notable spiritual writings of leading women from all periods of Christian history.

Because spirituality involves more than simply prayer and piety, Madigan has selected women whose quests for intimacy with God also involves some visionary experience or social witness. Ranging from Perpetua in the third century to Mother Teresa and Edwina Gately in this century, her volume includes writings from both European women and, in the modern period, Asian, American, and African American women. Apart from redressing the heavy gender imbalance of most histories of Christianity, this volume also provides strong historical introductions to and bibliographies of the twenty-six women whose writings are generously excerpted.

Women included in this volume are:
  • Perpetua the Martyr
  • Pelagia the Actress
  • Brigit of Ireland
  • Balthild the Queen of Neustria
  • Dhuoda of Septimania
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Heloise
  • Mechthild of Magdeburg
  • Gertrude the Great
  • Hadewijch
  • Julian of Norwich
  • Catherine of Siena
  • Margery Kempe
  • Teresa of Avila
  • Jane Frances de Chantal
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Maria Stewart
  • Gabrielle Bossis
  • Dorothy Day
  • Caryll Houselander
  • Pauli Murray
  • Laura Lopez
  • Silvia Maribel Arriola
  • Mother Teresa
  • Cho Wha Soon
  • Mercy Amba Oduyoye
  • Edwina Gately
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800634209
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 512
  • Publication Date February 3, 2004


"Dr. Madigan has brought together translations of spiritual writings from the church of the martyrs to twentieth-century Uganda. Her work has made further material available for growth into the 'art of arts and science of sciences,' namely, praying always. That the works are all by women or about women draws attention to the contribution women have always made to Christian spirituality."
— Benedicta Ward, from the Foreword