The Words of Her Mouth | Psalms for the Struggle (Spong)
The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle listens to and wrestles with ancient poems through the lenses of modern women: Martha Spong, Mihee Kim-Kort, Beth Richardson, Alicia Crosby, Marilyn Pagán-Banks, Julia Seymour, Kentina Washington-Leapheart, Jennifer Garrison Brownell, Katie Mulligan, and Layton Williams.
This collection of 150 psalms is a balm in this season of spiritual strife and political struggle. Each original psalm invites the reader into honest space in which lament is heard, love is affirmed, and the body is unashamed before God.
As Martha Spong explains in the book’s foreword, “I wondered what women writers might say in conversation with the psalms in this season of child separation and climate change and #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. I invited nine women whose faith and writing I value to join me in discovering what the psalms say to us and what psalms are inside us.”
PRAISE FOR The Words of Her Mouth
"The words are radiant and diversely perceptive, touching, evoking, and moving the soul and reviving the mind."
—Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, author of Intersectional Theology
"The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle is a beautifully written, sacred refuge."
—Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, author of Where the Edge Gathers
"A new psalter for a new age. Its poetry arcs forward into [a] world in which the inspiration for its creation will pass but its power endures as praying words, healing words and, when necessary, fighting words."
—Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, author of Womanist Midrash
"These women psalmists offer us 'heck yes' moments that resonate deeply with our experiences in this wondrous and horrifying world we inhabit."
—Rev. Dr. Marcia McFee, author of Think Like a Filmmaker
"This is a book many of us have been waiting for."
—Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, author of Together at the Table
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Martha Spong is a UCC pastor and clergy coach. In addition to The Words of Her Mouth, she is the editor of There's a Woman in the Pulpit and the co-author of Denial Is My Spiritual Practice.
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