About the Book

At age 13, I left the Roman Catholic Church in which I was raised, when my budding womanhood found no honor there. The seed of mystical grace had been planted, however.

I kept looking for a bridge between what I’d been taught about religion, and what I actually exprienced in moments of deep communion.

I embarked upon a quest to learn everything I could about the feminine face of God in Western civilization. Working chronologically, I started with Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess, known as the Queen of Heaven and Earth, who was worshipped in the third millennium B.C.E. I moved through the Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman cosmologies. As I read, I gained an increasingly clear understanding of the patterns of evolution of ritual and myth. For example, Inanna was worshipped in Babylon as Ishtar, who was worshipped in Egypt as Isis, and onward thus.

When I turned at last to the relatively recent Gospels of the New Testament, I recognized the rituals and myths central to the worship of the sacred feminine. Indeed, to my newly knowing eyes, these myths and rituals appeared central to the holy scripture I’d known all my life.

I immediately felt called to write the story I saw shining through, beneath the surface.

I also immediately trembled at the prospect of approaching with the muddy, sculpting hands of a storyteller what was so sacred to myself and to so many others.

I found the courage to do this both by traveling to Israel and walking the land for myself, and from a plethora of scholars whose work convinced me that this re-telling of sacred stories is more than permissible. Indeed, each generation needs to make sense of the sacred stories for ourselves and our changing world.

In that spirit, I both humbly and proudly offer this work up to you