About the Book

"This book is an invitation into a conversation. Here amongst these pages, in the presence of women past and present, is a place to enter into the mysteries that lie at the heart of who we are."
—From the Introduction

In the tradition of Sacred Journeys, Jan Richardson brings us a new book that invites us to cross into a sacred space with women from around the world and across the centuries. Drawing from the often hidden wellsprings of women’s wisdom in Jewish and Christian traditions, In the Sanctuary of Women gathers together six women from scripture and history whose lives invite us to move more deeply into our own:

  • Eve
  • St. Brigid of Kildare
  • The Desert Mothers
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Harriet Powers
  • The Woman of the Song of Songs

Each chapter becomes its own sanctuary, with one of the women serving as a companion as you contemplate the themes that her life offers. Throughout the readings, Richardson weaves together her own stories, poetry, prayers, and blessings. Midway through each chapter, a section called "The Secret Room" offers a chance to pause and reflect on unexpected insights.

Reading the book daily will carry you through six months, or you can dip into the readings as you wish. An invitation into reflection and prayer alone or in the company of others, In the Sanctuary of Women is a book to treasure and to share with the women—and the men—in your life.