A Feminist / Womanist Bibliography

Everyone should read these books.  It’s really that simple.

Here are twenty five texts which would provide any student with a strong foundation in Feminist and Womanist Theology, and a few more bonus books at the end!

The Top 20 books every Christian should read by Women:IMG_2167

Indecent Theology by Marcella Althaus-Reid
Journeys by Heart by Rita Nakashima Brock
Katie’s Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community by Katie G. Cannon
Powers and Submissions by Sarah Coakley
Beyond God the Father by Mary Daly
Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective by Kelly Brown Douglas
In Memory of Her by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
White Woman’s Christ and Black Woman’s Jesus by Jacquelyn Grant
Mujerista Theology: A Theology for the 21st Century by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz
She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth A. Johnson
The Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming by Catherine Keller
Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology by Kwok Pui lan
Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age by Sallie McFague
Also A Mother: Work and Family as Theological Dilemma by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
Sexism and God-Talk by Rosemary Radford Ruether
Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church by Letty M. Russell
Suffering by Dorothee Sölle
Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology by Kathryn Tanner
Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil by Emilie M. Townes

My top Five pre-(20th century)feminism books by women

  • Revelations by Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden
  • Scivias by Hildegard of Bingen
  • Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
  • The Dialogue of Divine Providence by Catherine of Siena
  • Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

Some Classic Secular Feminist Texts:

  • This Bridge Called My Back (Edited with Cherrie Moraga) by Gloria Anzaldua
  • The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  • Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art by Julia Kristeva
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Phenomenal books by United Methodist Women Writers:

  • Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies by Cheryl Anderson
  • To Pray and To Love: Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church by Roberta Bondi
  • Good News Preaching: Offering Good News in Every Sermon by Gennifer Brooks
  • The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice by Margaret Ann Crain
  • Christian Ethics by Georgia Harkness
  • The Mystic Way of Evangelism by Elaine Heath
  • The Woman’s Bible Commentary by Carol Newsome
  • Daughters of Anowa by Mercy Amba Oduyoye
  • Godbearing: Evangelism Reconceived by Elaine Robinson
  • The Whispered Word: A Theology of Preaching by Marjorie Suchoki
  • Texts of Terror by Phyllis Trible
  • Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice by Laceye Warner
  • Listening For God: A Ministers Journey Through Silence And Doubt by Renita J. Weems
  • Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter by Traci C. West

A few more of my personal favorite theology books and authors:

  • Dancing With God: A Womanist Perspective on the Trinity by Karen Baker Fletcher
  • Making a Way Out of No Way by Monica Coleman
  • Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection by Beth Felker Jones
  • Changing the Subject: Women’s Discourses and Feminist Theology by Mary McClintock Fulkerson
  • Feminist Theory and Theology: Cartographies of Grace by Serene Jones
  • Do What You Have the Power to Do: Studies of Six New Testament Women by Helen Bruch Pearson
  • Waiting on God by Simone Weil
  • Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores Williams
  • Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology by Wonhee Anne Joh
  • Journey through the Psalms by Denise Dombrowski Hopkins

3 thoughts on “A Feminist / Womanist Bibliography

    • I also loved this anthology. A good introduction to many great writers. And yes, Nelson distinguishes himself again with an incredible essay on the two types of masculine energy which he refers to as penis (soft, wrinkled, hidden, vulnerable, and kept in the dark) and phallus (strong, hard, exposed, aggressive, on display) and what personality and character flaws result from an imbalance of the two. He tied it beautifully to spirituality but for me at that young age, it was essentially a gorgeous and academic explanation for why I saw both hyper masculine and macho types as well as their sensitive and sweet to the point of pushover counterparts as equally flawed and undesirable.

      Still trying to come up with a female theologian I love that isn’t already on this list! 🙂

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