Back in July, I introduced a short book by Joan Chittister entitled, The Friendship of Women: The Spiritual Tradition. She's written another book, The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible. This newer version contains most of the chapters from the first one but it adds two more chapters. I wanted to delve more into the first one more back in July, then I got sidetracked. So, we return to this small but powerful book (looking at the newer version) on women's friendships. I have always found Chittister (a passionate feminist) writings to be passionate, reflective, accessible and well, feminist. Even though its a book written for women (as the primary target audience) about women's friendships, I found it to be a pleasure and blessing to read.
Her vision of friendship is simultaneously deeply intimate and generative: "This small book is not meant to be anything more than the beginning of the cry to see the friendships between women as a strong power for the good, a potential political force for the preservation of values that the world has greatly overlooked in favor of of dominance and reason and individualism...The right friendship, rightly given, has the power to change the world."