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Sue Monk Kidd - From Baptist To Mystic Contemplative

Video of Sue Monk Kidd "The Black Madonna" (April 2005, Washington National Cathedral (small file)

"[Sue] Monk Kidd's spirituality is spelled out clearly in her book, When the Heart Waits. She explains: There's a bulb of truth buried in the human soul [everyone] that's only God ... the soul is more than something to win or save. It's the seat and repository of the inner Divine, the God-image, the truest part of us"—Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing, 2nd ed., p. 134

How Did Sue Monk Kidd Go From Baptist Sunday School Teacher to a Universalist?

[A]Sunday school co-worker handed her [Monk Kidd] a book by Thomas Merton telling her she needed to read it. Once Monk Kidd read it, her life changed dramatically. What happened next completely reoriented Sue Monk Kidd's worldview and belief system. She started down the contemplative prayer road with bliss, reading numerous books and repeating the sacred word methods taught in her readings.

She ultimately came to the mystical realization that:
"I am speaking of recognizing the hidden truth that we are one with all people. We are part of them and they are part of us … When we encounter another person, …we should walk as if we were upon holy ground. We should respond as if God dwells there." from A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen, p. 134


"In Radical Optimism, Beatrice Bruteau sets forth a deep and shining vision of spirituality, one that guides the reader into the contemplative life and the very root of our being. Dr. Bruteau is a philosopher of great measure whose work should be required reading for all who seek the deepest truth about themselves." —Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees (see Brennan Manning and his remarks about Beatrice Bruteau in A Time of Departing)

Sue Monk Kidd, Contemplative Spirituality and the Feminine Divine

From Her Website:
"Her first book was a spiritual memoir describing her advent into contemplative Christian spirituality: God's Joyful Surprise ... Her second book, When the Heart Waits ... revealed a deepening of Sue's voice. Rooted in contemplative spirituality, the memoir recounts her intense and vivid spiritual transformation.

"Her most powerful awakening, however, still lay ahead of her ... Sue's explorations and study took an unexpected turn into feminist theology. The result was The Dance of the Dissident Daughter."


The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
"Sue Monk was a "conventionally religious, churchgoing woman, a traditional wife and mother" with a thriving career as a Christian writer until she began to question her role as a woman in her culture, her family, and her church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore to monastery retreats and rituals in the caves of Crete, Kidd takes readers through the fear, anger, healing, and transformation of her awakening.
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—From the Back Cover


Sue Monk Kidd and David Jeremiah

Why does David Jeremiah of Turning Point quote Sue Monk Kidd favorably in his book, Life Wide Open?

David Jeremiah's 2003 book, Life Wide Open, has a subtitle of "Unleashing the Power of a Passionate Life." In the introduction of the book, Jeremiah tells readers that "A Small handful among us have discovered what the rest of us would pay dearly to know:How can we bring real, living excitement into this life?" Jeremiah goes on to tell readers that "This book is a map to the life of passion and purpose, the life wide open..."

Who are these small handful of people who have discovered the secret? Well according to David Jeremiah's book, his list includes Rick Warren of the Purpose Driven Life, contemplative, feminine spiritualist Sue Monk Kidd ( When the Heart Waits), contemplative Calvin Miller (Into the Depths of God), Buddhist sympathizer Peter Senge (The Fifth Discipline), emerging church leader, Erwin McManus, contemplative Michael Card, Brother Lawrence (Practicing the Presence of God), and mystic Jim Collins.

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A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen

 

Click here to Read an Excerpt of A Time of Departing as Ray Yungen discusses the spirituality of Sue Monk Kidd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom," "spiritual disciplines," and many others.

Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.