This Is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood
This Is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood  -     By: Hannah Shanks
Buy Item $7.49 Retail: $13.99 Save 46% ($6.50)
In Stock
Quantity:
Stock No: WW205289
Upper Room / 2018 / Paperback
Quantity:

Add To Cart

Paypal Buy Now
Add To Wishlist
Quantity:


Add To Cart

Paypal Buy Now
Wishlist

This Is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood

Upper Room / 2018 / Paperback

In Stock
Stock No: WW205289


Product Description

Part personal narrative and part scriptural analysis, This Is My Body delves into what it means to be a woman, to have a woman's body, to be a mother, and to be a member of the body of Christ. By encouraging women to remove the patriarchal lens through which they have viewed God, Shanks encourages women to find acceptance and belonging, knowing that they too were created in God's image and affirming that their bodies matter to God.

A Discussion Guide with questions for each of the nine chapters makes the book suitable for a women's book group.

Product Information

Title: This Is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood
By: Hannah Shanks
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Upper Room
Publication Date: 2018
Weight: 5 ounces
ISBN: 1935205285
ISBN-13: 9781935205289
Stock No: WW205289

Related Products

  1. Heavenly Minded Mom: A 90-Day Journey to Embrace What Matters Most
    Add To Wishlist
    Heavenly Minded Mom: A 90-Day Journey to Embrace What Matters Most
    Katie Bennett
    Abingdon Press / 2018 / Trade Paperback
    $4.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 67% ($10.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 24 Reviews
  2. Pass The Joy, Please!: Passing the Joy of Motherhood from Generation to Generation
    Add To Wishlist
    Pass The Joy, Please!: Passing the Joy of Motherhood from Generation to Generation
    Carol McLeod
    Bridge-Logos Publishing / 2018 / Trade Paperback
    $10.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 27% ($4.00)
  3. Missionary Mom: Embracing the Mission Field Right Under Your Roof
    Add To Wishlist
    Missionary Mom: Embracing the Mission Field Right Under Your Roof
    Shontell Brewer
    Kregel Publications / 2018 / Trade Paperback
    $11.49 Retail: $15.99 Save 28% ($4.50)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
  4. The Better Mom: Growing in Grace Between Perfection and the Mess
    Add To Wishlist
    The Better Mom: Growing in Grace Between Perfection and the Mess
    Ruth Schwenk
    Zondervan / 2018 / Trade Paperback
    $8.29 Retail: $16.99 Save 51% ($8.70)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews

Publisher's Description

Kneeling at the communion rail, Hannah Shanks heard the familiar words "The body of Christ, broken for you" as the server tore off a piece of bread and placed it in her hands. And then "The blood of Christ, shed for you" as she dipped her bread into the common cup. Just hours before she had found out she was pregnant. Now she heard the words "This is my body" as she’d never heard them before.

It occurred to her that Jesus’ words spoken at the Last Supper"This is my body, broken; This is my blood poured out"—were as fitting a description of birth as they are of death. Not only do the words describe Jesus’ death, but they also apply to every birth that has ever taken place. Making this connection shifted Shanks’s thinking about the familiar ritual of communion.

This Is My Body is a journey of discovery and reclamation, of finding familiar paths in unfamiliar territory and new facets to ancient rituals. Part personal narrative and part unearthing of scripture passages from a woman’s point of view, it draws women and men closer to the God we profess, a God who is in all things, a God who is present in all genders and beyond them. Readers discover that God can be seen through the eyes, bodies, and experiences of women just as God has long been viewed from a male perspective. Using the communion liturgy and elements of the common table (where all are welcome) as a framework, the book offers much material for reflection on this central act of Christianity.

This Is My Body is about getting surprised by positivity toward one’s body in a time of life when negativity is expected. It is about finding a new relationship to the acts of Christian community through the experience of a woman’s body, including pregnancy and birth. The author approaches motherhood with one foot in the sacred and the other in the often difficult space of the stereotypes the church attaches to mothering.

Author Bio

Hannah Shanks is assistant professor of social work and director of the social work program at Greenville University, Greenville, Illinois. She is a storyteller and has participated in the St. Louis chapter of Listen to Your Mother, a live reading series and video sharing company. Hannah describes herself as an accidental clergy spouse. A survivor of preeclampsia and placental abruption, she is the mother of one son. Hannah is a member of Anam Cara St. Louis, an intentional ecumenical community formed around a shared Rule of Life and weekly observance of prayer and communion.

Ask a Question

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Back
×
Back
×

Ask a Question

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.