This volume eschews the negative, penitential focus of Lent, recognizing the needs of women who already struggle with issues of worth and self-esteem. Instead, it uses the words of women from various backgrounds to explore their uniqueness and the gifts of their feminine spiritual nature. Through this approach, Lent becomes a time of inspiration.
"A Lenten manual designed to feed and stretch the inner life of Christian women fits precisely the quietly rising tide of feminist energy and spirituality in humanity's common life. This manual, prepared by the women of Brigid's Place in Houston, is a girding companion for the inner work to which all people are called who hope for a new world of non-violence, justice and peace. These are the gifts of the Spirit, fostered keenly by women, by which the suffering of a violent world can be borne and transmuted into the aspiring love that St. Paul was certain 'bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things'."
—The Right Rev. Bennett J. Sims
"This collection of meditations by women offers honest, instructive, and touching personal stories and reflections from which spiritual truths are expertly mined. It can become a meaningful companion on your Lenten journey."
—Sue Monk Kidd, author of When the Heart Waits and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
"In these meditations, it is possible to see how the incarnation of God's word takes place. First holy words are pronounced over ordinary lives. Then the lives become luminous. Finally someone unafraid to look describes the light in her own words, and the circle is complete. This way, God's word goes on being made flesh, as each page of this book attests."
—Barbara Brown Taylor, author of When God is Silent
"These Lenten meditations, written by women for women, may encourage readers to find Lent to be a time of inspiration, a time when they may build their own relationships with God, rather than continuing to struggle with issues of worth and self-esteem, as they may have done in the past."
—Lois Sibley, Episcopal Life, April 2003
"In its wide range of writings, Gifts from Within invites women to spend Lent focusing on the unique gifts of their feminine spiritual nature. This collection points the way for women to deepen their ability to recognize God's love and to live as God directs. Starting with Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Day, the daily mediation explore an aspect of women's lives, their unique spirituality, and their heritage in the biblical stories. By connections their own stories - some sad some joyous - with the biblical texts, readers of these devotions may find Lent to be a time of inspiration instead of a time to be endured."
—The Anglican bookstore, January 2003