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White Fire

A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America

Malka Drucker
Photographs by Gay Block

7 x 9, 320 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-893361-64-5

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They struggled to clear a new path for women;
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 Divine.
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 things.”
Joan Halifax Roshi
“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.”
Iyanla Vanzant
“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 matter what.”
Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress
“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 imprisonment….”
Debbie Friedman
Malka Drucker 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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