Who is God? That is the question Elizabeth A. Johnson has spent her life exploring. As a Catholic theologian, writer, teacher, and religious woman, Johnson has searched for "the Living God" and ways to understand God that make sense for our time, perhaps most famously in her groundbreaking book She Who Is. Her work is firmly grounded in the Catholic tradition while it explores the edges of that tradition, pushing it to be more inclusive--a project that has caught the attention of other scholars, everyday Catholics, and sometimes critics.
Heidi Schlumpf is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and freelance writer for CNN Opinion, U.S. Catholic, and other publications. The author of While We Wait: Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt, she served as the editor and a contributor to The Notre Dame Book of Prayer. She teaches journalism as an associate professor of communication at Aurora University outside of Chicago. She and her husband, Edmund, have two children.
People of God is a series of inspiring biographies for the general reader. Each volume offers a compelling and honest narrative of the life of an important twentieth or twenty-first century Catholic. Some living and some now deceased, each of these women and men has known challenges and weaknesses familiar to most of us but responded to them in ways that call us to our own forms of heroism. Each offers a credible and concrete witness of faith, hope, and love to people of our own day.
This short biography provides highlights in the life of this remarkable woman. Each chapter shows her growth in self-understanding, her heartfelt love for teaching and her students, and her extraordinary writing ability. For anyone who is a fan of Elizabeth Johnson's writing, this brief biography is worth your time.
Elizabeth Johnson's ground breaking theological work has nourished me all my religious life. This biography of her describes her journey and profound integrity. Beth's commitment to holy curiosity helps us all move towards insight. This book explains why.
Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director NETWORK, Washington, DC
Two words come to mind in reading this biographical sketch of the life and work of Elizabeth Johnson: integrity and courage. As a theologian she witnesses to integrity in her quest to experience and understand the mystery of God; as a religious and fellow pilgrim, her courage and fortitude merit emulation.
+Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay, Pastor of Resurrection Parish