“Lord our God, hear my prayer, the prayer of my heart. Bless the largeness inside me, no matter how I fear it. Bless my reed pens and my inks. Bless the words I write. May they be beautiful in your sight. May they be visible to eyes not yet born. When I am dust, sing these words over my bones: she was a voice.”
Sue Monk Kidd’s newest novel is narrated by Ana, who is the daughter of Herod’s head scribe, sister of Judas and wife of Jesus. Ana’s father has reluctantly given her papyrus and reed pens because she is desperate to learn in a society that does not allow women to read and write. Ana reads Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin; she makes her own ink so she can write stories about women.
The author said she was motivated by a desire to introduce “readers to the lost history of the sacred feminine and to the jolting idea that God can be visualized in feminine ways.”
It is certainly an interesting read, and Sue Monk Kidd writes it in such a way that you really feel what it was like to live daily life during the time of Jesus.