Body & Soul
Edited by Susan Scott
Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers is a spiritual journey through experiences that can be liberating but also awkward and sometimes even dangerous, because women are so often excluded from conversations about spirituality. Liberation comes with breaking that age-old ... Read more
Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers is a spiritual journey through experiences that can be liberating but also awkward and sometimes even dangerous, because women are so often excluded from conversations about spirituality. Liberation comes with breaking that age-old code of silence to talk about the messiness of faith, practice, religion and ceremony, to confess our sublimely unconventional modes of spiritual yearning. The writers in this volume, including Sharon Bala, Carleigh Baker, Eufemia Fantetti, Sue Goyette, K. D. Miller, Zarqa Nawaz, Alison Pick, Sigal Samuel, Ayelet Tsabari, Betsy Warland and others, many from marginalized or misunderstood communities, are speaking out so that others will speak up. Enough of fear. Enough of hiding out, tongue-tied. It's time for joy, humanity and frankness. It's time to step up and lead--not by running after answers, but by asking caring, daring questions. It's time for body and soul.
Susan Scott is the author of Temple in a Teapot. As a community builder, she works with artists, scholars and activists to release powerful, transgressive stories that inspire grassroots change and healing. As The New Quarterly's non-fiction editor, she directs Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat and serves as associate director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. Susan has lived in Toronto, Montreal and in towns and cities across the US. She makes her home in Waterloo, Ontario, on the Haldimand Tract, in the heart of the Great Lakes basin.
"Body & Soul takes its strength from the individuality of its authors. It considers perspectives that aren’t often given space. The essays themselves are both powerful explorations of faith and beautifully written examinations of self. Even for readers who do not align with any particular religion or faith and who are not, as the authors often find themselves, on the outskirts of their communities, there is a commonality to be found in the works. Everything is not black and white—and in the greyness, the reader will find equality and perhaps even something familiar and healing. "
—The Ormsby Review
". .. a unique approach to writing about one’s spiritual journey. The contributors share personal stories of their unravelling and re-evaluating, often followed by a revisioning of what is right for them. [. ..] Like a good meal, these stories stay with the reader long after they are finished. "
"Lit with honesty and insight, these essays show us how our spirit and intellect are intricately connected--and that they are allies, not adversaries. This book is a revelation. ''
--Sarah Selecky, author of Radiant Shimmering Light