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Not Counting Women and Children: Neglected Stories from the Bible [Paperback]

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Pages   225
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1999
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  0883449463  
EAN  9780883449462  

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An acclaimed story-teller turns to the overlooked and often unnamed people whose stories in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures reveal the depths of God's love, especially for the poor. The Gospel of Matthew recounts the feeding of the crowd of five thousand, "not counting women and children." McKenna muses that there could have been as many as five or six women and children for every man---an enormous number to go uncounted! Who were they? And what of the leftovers---who gathered them? Who brought the twelve baskets that were filled? Who took them home? When ordinary people studying the Bible begin to discuss questions such as these, the results can be stunning.

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MEGAN McKENNA is an internationally known author, lecturer, retreat leader, and spiritual director. She received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has taught in Dublin, Ireland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including Send My Roots Rain and The New Stations of the Cross, both published by Doubleday.

Megan McKenna currently resides in Albuquerque Alburquerque Albur, in the state of New Mexico.

Megan McKenna has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Selected Poems

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Not counted - But called  Mar 20, 2001
In today's society, a majority of people tend to be caught up in their daily lives, not knowing the meaning of true struggle and suffering.

Listening to the scripture readings in today's society, can be hard - for we can easily miss what God is trying to tell us.

Author Megan McKenna has used the tradition of "midrash" (story-telling with commentary) to open our hearts to those for are unheard, forgotten, or pushed aside.

For some, the message will be clear. For others, not. Those who hear the message of faith, hope and love will be able to answer the call that Jesus has called us to do.

Who were not counted?  Jan 4, 2000
Author Megan McKenna challenges us to read the nine chapters in this book not from our typical "dominant culture" perspective, but from the viewpoint of the overlooked and often unnamed people whose stories she tells.

The book is not for the casual reader or faint-of-heart. McKenna selected Hebrew and Christian scripture stories to get the reader thinking like one of the poor, the not-counted, the forgotten-- and to take action,which may mean confronting the dominant culture rather than following it.

The first story recounts the parable of the five loaves and two fishes from Matthew's Gospel, in which a crowd of 5000 are fed, "not counting women and children." Sociologists say that in such a crowd, the ratio of women and children to men is as high as five or six to one--an enormous number to go uncounted.

Who are these uncounted? Probably, in addition to women and children, the sick, elderly, prostitutes, lepers, tax collectors, strangers, Gentiles, outcasts and other unacceptables--those most in need of being cured and fed, of attention, dignity, understanding, hope.

The disciples had already asked Jesus to dismiss the crowds. Having just heard of John the Baptist's beheading, they wanted to be alone, to grieve, to talk about their anger and fears, to rest. But Jesus would not disperse the crowd. "You give them something to eat," he said.

Not a suggestion, but a command. Feeding the crowd will forever change the disciples' perception of what they can and cannot do, as the book is meant to change the reader's perception.

Other chapters present the women of Exodus, Abigail, the widow of Naim, Sarah, Hagar, the Canaanite woman, and women in the geneology of Jesus. Each chapter is substantive and rich, requiring thought and reflection.

McKenna has included comments and related stories from her classes, missions and retreats. Taken a chapter at a time, the book would well serve a prayer circle or reading group. In the Afterword, the author suggests questions to use after reading each portion.

Megan McKenna received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. Her latest book is "Blessings and Woes," Orbis, 1999


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