All Out of Faith
Southern Women on Spirituality
By Wendy Reed (Editor); Jennifer Horne (Editor); Sue Monk Kidd (Contribution by); Jeanie Thompson (Contribution by); Jan Willis (Contribution by); Dorothy Allison (Contribution by); Diane McWhorter (Contribution by); Shirley Abbot (Contribution by); Susan Ketchin (Contribution by); Vicki Covington (Contribution by); Cassandra King (Contribution by); Barbara Kingsolver (Contribution by); Frances Mayes (Contribution by); Pauli Murray (Contribution by); Sylvia Rhue (Contribution by); Jessica Roskin (Contribution by); Mab Segrest (Contribution by); Lee Smith (Contribution by); Sena Jeter Naslund (Contribution by)
(University Alabama Press, Hardcover, 9780817315344, 216pp.)
Publication Date: September 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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H. L. Mencken first identified the South as the “Bible Belt” in the 1920s. To be sure, religion shapes and defines even those Southerners who don’t think of themselves as particularly religious. Practically no one who grows up Southern can escape being shaped, stimulated, harmed, or informed by religion and spirituality. All Out of Faith gives voice to southern women writers who represent a broad spectrum of faiths, Catholic to Baptist, Jewish to Buddhist, and points in between. These essays and stories revea; that southern culture has always reserved a special place for strong women of passion. Frances Mayes and Barbara Kingsolver investigate the importance of place. Dorothy Allison, among others, writes of the transformative power of art; in her case, of a painting of Jesus she loved as a child. Lee Smith is one of several women who write of religious fervor; she recalls the excitement of being saved, not once but many times, until her parents made her stop. Vicki Covington and Mab Segrest describe their conflicts between faith and sexuality. Pauli Murray, the first black female Episcopal priest, and Jessica Roskin, who became a Jewish cantor, tell of remaining within their original religious tradition while challenging their traditional roles. Contributors: Shirley Abbott, Dorothy Allison, Vicki Covington, Susan Ktchin, Sue Monk Kidd, Cassandra King, Barbara Kingsolver, Frances Mayes, Diane McWhorter, Pauli Murray, Sena Jeter Naslund, Sylvia Rhue, Jessica Roskin, Mab Segrest, Lee Smith, Jeanie Thompson, Jan Willis.
Wendy Reed is Producer-Director at The University of Alabama Center for Public Television. Jennifer Horne is the editor of Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets and the poetry book-review editor for First Draft, the journal of the Alabama Writers Forum.
“All Out of Faith is about going away from God and coming back again, birth and death, renewal. This is a wonderful collection of stories about faith and love. I thought that I could pick out my favorite, but I couldn’t put one before another.”—Barbara Robinette Moss, author of Fierce and Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter