Christian Books, Bibles, Music & More - 1.888.395.0572
Call our Toll Free Number:
Find us on:
Follow Us On 

Twitter!   Join Us On Facebook!

Christian Bookstore .Net is a leading online Christian book store.

Shop Christian Books, Bibles, Jewelry, Church Supplies, Homeschool Curriculum & More!

Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns through Two Millennia [Paperback]

Our Price $ 35.70  
Retail Value $ 42.00  
You Save $ 6.30  (15%)  
Item Number 153462  
Buy New $35.70
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock

Item Specifications...

Pages   768
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.19" Width: 6.25" Height: 2.05"
Weight:   2.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 11, 1998
Publisher   Harvard University Press
ISBN  0674809858  
EAN  9780674809857  

Availability  0 units.

Item Description...

Spanning two thousand years of Christian religious women's quest for spiritual and vocational fulfillment, "Sisters in Arms" is the first definitive history of Catholic nuns in the Western world. Unfolding century by century, this epic drama encompasses every period from the dawn of Christianity to the present.

History has until recently minimized the role of nuns over the centuries. In this volume, their rich lives, their work, and their importance to the Church are finally acknowledged. Jo Ann Kay McNamara introduces us to women scholars, mystics, artists, political activists, healers, and teachers--individuals whose religious vocation enabled them to pursue goals beyond traditional gender roles. They range from Thecla, the legendary companion of Paul, who baptized herself in preparation for facing the lions in the Roman arena, to Hildegard of Bingen, whose visions unlocked her extraordinary talents for music, medicine, and moral teaching in the twelfth century. They also include Sister Mary Theresa Kane, who stood before the pope--and an American television audience-in 1979 and urged him to consider the ordination of women.

By entering the convent, McNamara shows, nuns gained a community that allowed them to evolve spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally; but the convent was never a perfect refuge. Women's struggles continued against the male church hierarchy, the broader lay community, and the larger cultural and historical forces of change.

The history of nuns is an important part of the larger story of western women whose gender provoked resistance to their claims to autonomy and power. As we enter the third millennium, this groundbreaking work pays fitting tribute to the sisters who have labored with prayer and service for two thousand years, who have struggled to achieve greater recognition and authority, and who have forged opportunities for all women while holding true to the teachings of the Gospel.

Buy Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns through Two Millennia by Jo Ann Kay McNamara from our Christian Books store - isbn: 9780674809857 & 0674809858

The team at Christian Bookstore .Net welcome you to our Christian Book store! We offer the best selections of Christian Books, Bibles, Christian Music, Inspirational Jewelry and Clothing, Homeschool curriculum, and Church Supplies. We encourage you to purchase your copy of Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns through Two Millennia by Jo Ann Kay McNamara today - and if you are for any reason not happy, you have 30 days to return it. Please contact us at 1-877-205-6402 if you have any questions.

More About Jo Ann Kay McNamara

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! McNamara is Professor of History at Hunter College

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories
1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > General   [5549  similar products]
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism   [0  similar products]
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > Catholic   [1161  similar products]
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Clergy > Church Institutions & Organizations   [1650  similar products]
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History   [4688  similar products]

Similar Products
The Habit: A History of the Clothing of Catholic Nuns
The Habit: A History of the Clothing of Catholic Nuns
Item: 2719709

Nuns: A History of Convent Life
Nuns: A History of Convent Life
Item: 2446137

Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns
Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns
Item: 1442764

Reviews - What do our customers think?
Women in Action  Nov 4, 2004
2,000 years of women's contributions (specifically nuns) within Christianity are covered in 644 pages. It is not an easy task or even plausible to cover every single detail, but McNamara did a great job in portraying a wide spectrum of experiences. Whenever we look at the history of any subject, one book is never enough. But Sisters in Arms is a definitive book that should be included by anyone interested in the history of women within Christianity. Both the good and the bad come out in this book; there is no battle over the sexes in this book. Women are portrayed from different parts of the world with different experiences. It is amazing and inspiring to see the obstacles in the way of these women and how they dealt with them. It is an insult to claim that talking about the horrors of history is only a person whining with no reason (No Jew would take such criticism if someone would degrade all the suffering they have gone through for over 4,000 years and no woman should either). This book is a fresh reminder of the hopes, suffering and accomplishments that celibate women have shared with the world for over 2,000 years.
A valuable resource where few exist...  Jan 12, 2003
One of the only books available to provide an overview of the orders from beginning to recent times. Readers are likely to be surprised by the diversity of the early orders, and the range of growth and the transitions they have made over the centuries. The majority of the text describes the development of the orders, providing fascinating insight to some of the practises that have come and gone over the years. Detailing social culture that surrounded the convents as well as the communities within the convents, it provides context to the lives of the nuns. This book may not present the ideally framed version of history many would like to see, especially if you're pursuing some notion of blissful cloistered weak women protected by the Church. Politics aside, this is a compelling view into the lives of women through the centuries who have exhibited strength in their dedication to their ideals with or without the aid of men.
Very narrow presentation  Oct 8, 2000
The author cannot be faulted for research, but the presentation is focussed entirely on such "male oppression" as nuns endured. Anyone looking for compelling spirituality, a full look at the incredible achievements of religious in any century, or even recognition of the fact that the professional and educational achievements of religious Sisters far exceeded that which other women could begin to hope for in recent centuries will be disappointed.

It is unbalanced, rather dismal, and not likely to appeal to anyone unless her philosophy of religious life is entirely one of a fight between the sexes.


Write your own review about Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns through Two Millennia

Customer Support: 1-888-395-0572
Welcome to Christian Bookstore .Net

Our team at Christian Bookstore .Net would like to welcome you to our site. Our Christian book store features over 150,000 Christian products including Bibles, Christian music, Christian books, jewelry, church supplies, Christian gifts, Sunday school curriculum, purity rings, homeschool curriculum and many other items to encourage you in your walk with God. Our mission is to provide you with quality Christian resources that you can benefit from and share with others. The best part is that our complete selection of Christian books and supplies is offered at up to 20% off of retail price! Please call us if you have any questions or need assistance in ordering at 1-888-395-0572. Have a blessed day.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Customer Support