New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

In the Sanctuary of Women

A Companion for Reflection and Prayer

Jan L. Richardson • October 2010

BUY Print $21.99

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $9.99

Come spend some time in the sanctuary of women, an often-ignored space in Jewish and Christian history. This devotional book for women highlights six women from around the world and across the centuries, inviting us to discover what their lives tell us about God.

Jan Richardson, a gifted poet, artist, and author, believes it is essential for women to listen to one another's wisdom and bring the fullness of their lives, with all the wonders and messiness, into their prayer life.

In the Sanctuary of Women gathers together these women from scripture and history:

  • Eve
  • 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 theme that her life offers. Throughout the readings Richardson weaves her own stories, poetry, prayers, and blessings. Midway through each chapter, a section called "The Secret Room" gives you 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.

Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. She serves as director of The Wellspring Studio, LLC, and has traveled widely as a retreat leader and conference speaker. With work described by the Chicago Tribune as “breathtaking,” she has attracted an international audience drawn to the spaces of welcome, imagination, and solace that she creates in both word and image. Jan’s books include In the Sanctuary of Women, The Cure for Sorrow, Circle of Grace, Night Visions, and her latest book, Sparrow: A Book of Life and Death and Life. She makes her home in Florida. For more info, visit janrichardson.com.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1030-2

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1251-1

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1149-1

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: October 2010

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 320

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Women's Interests

BISAC1: REL012130



Praise for In the Sanctuary of Women Jan Richardson provides insights into prayer, contemplation, spiritual journeys, and the grace of personal renewal. We were impressed by the rich material on thin places, the soul of time, sacred reading, loitering in the neighbourhood of the world, a prayer of encompassing, learning to see, the art of hope, finding my tribe, and holy ambiguity. But our favorite parts are Richardson's blessings. Here is one of them: "In every season, in every hour, may the love of God find you, enfold you, gather you in." --From a Book Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, spiritualityandpractice.com