What books contain poems for religious women?


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"Women in Praise of the Sacred" by Jane Hirshfield is a compilation of 43 centuries of spiritual poetry written by women. Caroline Kennedy's "She Walks in Beauty" is a collection of poems that describe womanhood in both spiritual and secular context. "Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry" by Frances Gregory Pasch includes a collection of Christian poetry.

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Jane Hirshfield's "Women in Praise of the Sacred" anthology is best-suited for women searching for spiritual guidance, regardless of religious beliefs. Its collection of poems spans time and beliefs, from medieval Christian martyrs to Osage Native American sacred songs. The poems direct themselves towards women and provide guidance on various spiritual matters.

"She Walks in Beauty" is more secular than religious, but its content is ideal for a religious or spiritual woman who desires to understand herself and womanhood through poetry. Kennedy attempts to describe the journey of being a woman, from falling in love to marriage. This collection of poems can help foster deeper understanding of what it means to be a woman and reflection on how religion fits into that make-up.

"Double Vision" is a devotional for Christian religious women and men. The poems collected in this anthology are appropriate for Christian women, whether new converts or pious practitioners. This compilation seeks to bring Christians into closer relationships with God.

Other books of religious and spiritual poetry for religious women include "Poetry as a Spiritual Practice" by Robert McDowell and "The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry."

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