The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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." (Sue Monk Kidd) 

For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, she experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, Kidd tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church. 

From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women - one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity", embraces the sacredness of ordinary women's experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life - her marriage, her career, and her religion. 

©2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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So MANY TEARS!!!!

Sue Monk Kidd has a way of telling my story in her own. From the feminine wound, to patriarchy in fundamentalist Christianity, to grounding in nature and finding the Voice of the divine feminine, to knowing that ‘Herself’ had it right all along, this story broke me beautifully. It helped me see that women who awaken may feel alone— but we are not alone. I am forever grateful that SMK took us along on her journey and now, I’ll continue to confidently do the work for the sake of not only my daughters, but my son too.

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Multiple readings

This book is one of 3 that I try to reread every few years. It makes me want to shout from the highest hill but to also relish in quiet as well. A great deal to ponder and think about in its content.

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A MUST READ FOR EVERY WOMAN

I think that title says it all... no matter what faith or no faith background you come from. It will WAKE YOU!! It should be on the top of your list!

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Life changing!!!

I cried, I laughed, I had to set it down and walk away. After I processed my feelings, I picked it up again and kept reading. This book has helped me on a journey I didn’t know I was taking.

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Appetizer for her newer book

Sue Monk Kidd’s spiritual journey is as pertinent today as it was 20 years ago. I am grateful it was reissued. I found it inspirational and affirming of my own journey. However, having read the other reviews, I see now that I need to get her 2018 book, When the Heart Waits.

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Understanding my mother

My mom asked me to read this book for years. I don’t know why, I just didn’t. My mom died 5 years ago and I was feeling especially close and far from her; that’s when I remembered her longing for me to read “Dance of the Dissident Daughter”. I didn’t even realize until purchasing, that the book was written by one of my favorite authors! This book brought me closer to myself; reminding me that the gendered terms for The Sacred used in religious worship Make an imprint. I will remain vigilant in the protection and development of my Sacred Feminine. “Dance” also ushered in new understanding of my mother and feeling of closeness to her. Thank you, Sue 🙏

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SHE is in us!!

I am a different woman because of this book. This feminine journey I am on has a voice and a whole new meaning !!

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Love the author, but not this book

If you're into feminism, spirituality, full frontal arm waving, you might find Dissident Daughter inspiring. If not, it's about as interesting as watching paint dry.

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Timely!

Wonderful and timely, every word still relevant today. It brings me absolute joy to be able to go on this journey as a younger woman, still decoupling from the patriarchy. I highly recommend that any woman read this book.

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How can I leave more stars? 5 isn’t enough.

I can’t believe this gem has been out there so long, and I’m just finding it. I guess when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Back in 1996 my soul wasn’t quite ready for this wisdom, but now I drink it in realizing that his will be one of those books I go back to over and over, probably for the rest of my life. Thank you, Sue Mink Kidd for telling your story, which is in many ways, also my story. I know the courage that it took to go through your reconstruction. I know the isolation and loneliness that you surely must have felt. As I did and still do. Your words have made me feel a little less alone!