The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed

Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women
Katherine Dyckman, Mary Garvin, Elizabeth Liebert

Reader Comments

"Anyone who uses the Spiritual Exercises should get this book. Not only is it a loving feminist recovery of how the Exercises can be helpful for modern women, it is also a scholarly and learned commentary on the dynamic of the Exercises from which I learned a great deal. Cheers for the authors."

William A. Barry, S.J.
Author of Allowing the Creator to Deal With the Creature : An Approach to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola

"The authors of The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed bring together the wisdom of feminist consciousness, a broad knowledge of psychology and theology, and the compassionate insight of experienced spiritual guides to make Ignatius' classic Spiritual Exercises come newly alive for contemporary women. An important work that does much more than update Ignatius, The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed wrestles wonderfully with the appropriation of a classic spiritual practice to the lived experience of contemporary global citizens. A must read for anyone engaged in the practice of spiritual guidance."

Wendy M. Wright
Professor of Theology Creighton University

"Here at last is a companion to the Spiritual Exercises that fully does justice to women's experience. Beginning with an acknowledgement of the very real obstacles the Exercises hold for women, the authors move to a fresh interpretation of every aspect of this spiritual classic. Imaginatively and courageously conceived, and grounded in extensive scholarship and pastoral practice, this is a superb resource. It can be read from cover to cover for the strength and sweep of its insights, or returned to frequently for its solid and detailed discussion of particular questions. I cannot imagine anyone making or guiding the Exercises who will not find it illuminating and useful."

Kathleen Fischer
Author, Transforming Fire

"The authors' bold and confident authorial voice, speaking from deep experience, wisdom, and familiarity with the Spiritual Exercises, will empower every woman who seeks to express her commitment to God in deeds more than in words. Finally, women (and men) who are committed to the inclusion of all people in God's boundless freedom can claim unreservedly and with new energy the legacy left by Ignatius of Loyola and his feminine counterparts."

Elisabeth Koenig
General Theological Seminary