In Maid in God's Image, Verena Wright explores the feminine dimension through a range of texts in film, short stories, novels and gospel stories. Examining the fears that lie beneath the repression of female experience, she uncovers a positive appraisal of women as agents of change and disruption and seeks out the links between the unruly woman and the prophetic voice of Christianity.
'... paving the way for an entirely different world view on the spiritual nature and role of women.' -- Joan Chittister 'Thank God for unruly women like Verena Wright and for her positive and stimulating book. Parishes could well skip sermons on Sundays from time to time and read out chunks of it instead.' -- Bruce Kent 'A well researched and reflective account of the position of women in ecclesiastical and secular society, in the past and present. Verena Wright, wife, mother and 'unruly' woman uses literature, her own experience and other sources to discern and tell the story of women's inferior status.' -- Mary Kelly nds 'Effective feminist writing at its best is informative well researched, thought-provoking without being aggressive, and persuasive through its use of reason. This book is all these things, besides being the product of a deep understanding of English literature and beautifully written.' -- David Forrester 'This is an important book which takes a lot of intellectual risks. It brings into focus those elements of female experience and culture which are usually silenced and repressed.' -- Sue Harper