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The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees Description:

Set in South Carolina in i The Secret Life of Bees i tells the story of Lily Owens whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed When Lily s fierce hearted black stand in mother Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town Lily decides to spring them both free They escape to Tiburon South Carolina a town that holds the secret to her mother s past Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey and the Black Madonna This is a remarkable novel about divine female power a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings Description:

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope daring the quest for freedom and the desire to have a voice in the world and it is now the newest Oprah s Book Club selection br br Hetty Handful Grimke an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household The Grimke s daughter Sarah has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women br br Kidd s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah s eleventh birthday when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful who is to be her handmaid We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years as both strive for a life of their own dramatically shaping each other s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt defiance estrangement and the uneasy ways of love br br As the stories build to a riveting climax Handful will endure loss and sorrow finding courage and a sense of self in the process Sarah will experience crushed hopes betrayal unrequited love and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister Angelina as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women s rights movements br br Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters both real and invented including Handful s cunning mother Charlotte who courts danger in her search for something better br br This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history through women whose struggles for liberation empowerment and expression will leave no reader unmoved

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair Description:

i An alternate cover edition exists a href https www goodreads com book show here title here rel nofollow here a i br br Sue Monk Kidd s phenomenal debut i The Secret Life of Bees i became a runaway bestseller that is still on the i New York Times i bestseller list more than two years after its paperback publication Now in her luminous new novel Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans Telling the story of Jessie Sullivan a love story between a woman and a monk a woman and her husband and ultimately a woman and her own soul Kidd charts a journey of awakening and self discovery illuminated with a brilliance that only a writer of her ability could conjure

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story

Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story Description:

b An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the i New York Times i bestselling novelist and her daughter b br br Sue Monk Kidd has touched millions of readers with her novels i The Secret Life of Bees i and i The Mermaid Chair i and with her acclaimed nonfiction In this intimate dual memoir she and her daughter Ann offer distinct perspectives as a fifty something and a twenty something each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other br br Between and Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France Sue coming to grips with aging caught in a creative vacuum longing to reconnect with her grown daughter struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel Ann just graduated from college heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life grapples with a painful depression As this modern day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites they also each give voice to that most protean of connections the bond of mother and daughter br br A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds spiritual growth and renewal i Traveling with Pomegranates i is both a revealing self portrait by a beloved author and her daughter a writer in the making and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere br br

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter Description:

The acclaimed spiritual memoir from the author of i The Secret Life of Bees i br br i I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way I was surprised and in fact a little terrified when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening i br br Sue Monk was a conventionally religious churchgoing woman a traditional wife and mother with a thriving career as a Christian writer until she began to question her role as a woman in her culture her family and her church From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore to monastery retreats and rituals in the caves of Crete Kidd takes readers through the fear anger healing and transformation of her awakening Retaining a meaningful connection with the deep song of Christianity she opens the door for traditional Christian women to discover a spirituality that speaks directly to them and provides inspiring wisdom for all who struggle to embrace their full humanity

Rating: 3.66 out of 5

When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions

When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions Description:

i I stood at the window watching the cocoon which hung in the winter air like an upside down question mark That was the moment I understood Really understood Crisis change all the myriad upheavals that blister the spirit and leave us groping they aren t voices simply of pain but also of creativity And if we would only listen we might hear such times beckoning us to a season of waiting to the place of fertile emptiness i br br Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of contemplative spirituality Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis at midlife when life seemed to have lost meaning and how her longing for hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of active waiting Comparing her experience to the formative processes inside a chrysalis on a wintry tree branch Kidd reflects on the fact that the soul is often symbolized as a butterfly The simple cocoon a living parable of waiting becomes an icon of hope for the transformation that the author sought Kidd charts her re ascent from the depths and offers a new understanding of the passage away from the self which is based upon others expectations to the true self of God s unfolding intention Her wise inspiring book helps those in doubt and crisis recognize the opportunity to dismantle old masks and patterns and unfold a deeper more authentic self

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd

Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd Description:

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Rating: 3.78 out of 5

The Invention of Wings: Exclusive Free Chapter Sampler

The Invention of Wings: Exclusive Free Chapter Sampler Description:

b An exclusive free sample chapter from THE INVENTION OF WINGS b br br br From the celebrated author of the international bestseller THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women br br br Sarah Grimk is the middle daughter The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable On Sarah s eleventh birthday Hetty Handful Grimk is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother wrapped in lavender ribbons and presented to Sarah as a gift Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble She also knows that she cannot accept And so indeed the trouble begins br br br b A powerful sweeping novel inspired by real events and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts of beauty and ugliness of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds b

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved

God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved Description:

The bestselling author s inspiring account of her spiritual journey into discovering the love of God br br strong Beautifully written the message and challenge of the book is profound This book will awaken your longing and set you off on your own spiritual journey em Today s Christian Woman em strong br br strong A joy to read from beginning to end em Virtue Magazine em strong br br Sue Monk Kidd explores the thrilling possibilities of God s everlasting love em God s Joyful Surprise em makes an important statement about devotion to God rather than activity Strands of humor and warmth woven throughout make it a joy to read from beginning to end

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Sue Monk Kidd Collection (The Mermaid Chair & The Secret Life of Bees)

Sue Monk Kidd Collection (The Mermaid Chair & The Secret Life of Bees) Description:

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Rating: 3.27 out of 5