They struggled to clear a new path for
these are the stories of modern spiritual pioneers.
There is an ancient mystical legend that
the Bible was written with black fire on white fire. Now, we
can only read the black fire (the letters), but someday we
might be able to see the white fire. Today, with their voices
and their presence growing ever stronger, women spiritual
leaders in America are like white fire, and we can see the
previously untapped power of female leadership.
This remarkable book gives voice and image
to the too often invisible, ignored, or overlooked narrative of
women’s spiritual leadership in America today. Revealed
through insightful interviews and compelling photographic
portraits, the women represent both diversity and sisterhood.
They offer us new ways of relating to each other, and the
From White Fire:
“Women have more room for failure
than men; little is expected of us. We’re often
marginalized, so we can do deep, dark, strange
“We are all afraid to say that we
know the truth, and we don’t support one another in that
truth. When we begin to speak the truth of God, life, and love,
all things are possible.”
“Women have to bite the
bullet—if we don’t know what we’re doing, we
don’t do it. So that’s the bullet to bite. Do it no
“My hope is not just for women.
It’s across the board. I want men to develop the feminine
in themselves and to move out of
is an award-winning author of nearly twenty books, including Jacob’s Rescue; The Family Treasury of
Jewish Holidays; and Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the
Holocaust, another joint project
with photographer Gay Block. The Rescuers photo exhibition has traveled
to more than seventy venues and was the basis for a Showtime
television series. Block’s photographs are shown widely
in the United States and are held in numerous collections.
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