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Like the Wideness of the Sea
Women Bishops and the Church of England
by Maggi Dawn
Publisher:DLT (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd)
Published:08 February 2013
A very short book at only 76 pages long, but it is nonetheless considered and insightful, and certainly an important book given the discussions over women bishops and the turmoil and unrest that this has caused within the Church of England. Maggi Dawn has here penned a book that is in part a testimony whilst also setting out clearly the arguments around the issue and the latest vote at Synod. As an ordained priest within the Church of England and a theologian currently based at Yale Divinity School in the US she is well able to put forward clearly and articulately the issues and pain that is felt by the many women within the church. She pulls no punches in this small book, but neither does she labour the painful issues of sexism and disenfranchisement, rather she comments calmly and lucidly from a position of personal experience. This book is not a harsh condemenation as much as an honest imploration for integrity within the Church of England and an understanding of where the Church is leaving women within its environs - or perhaps more accurately how the Church is at risk of leaving them outside those environs.
Regardless of where you stand on this issue this is perhaps a good book to read on a tricky and emotional subject.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (14/02/13)