Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us

Proverbs of Ashes Proverbs of Ashes Beacon Press

Rita Nakashima Brock

Rebecca Ann Parker

Beacon Press, 2001


The co-authors and friends wrote this book from their own experiences with suffering and out of their belief that the theology of the cross perpetuates the victimhood of violence, especially for women.

The chapters are divided into three parts: Lent, Pentecost, and Epiphany, as the authors' compelling and painful stories and those of women they know move from suffering to hope and renewal.

["Readers] cannot help but be swayed by the book's searing passion and profoundly literary style (a remarkable achievement in a coauthored work). Brock and Parker have thrown down a gauntlet that cannot be ignored."  - Publishers Weekly


"With breathtaking self-disclosure, Brock and Parker confront one of Christianity's most influential concepts, redemptive suffering, which, they argue, has proven particularly destructive for women, who under its influence often have been socialized to be self-sacrificial and to tolerate abuse. Drawing on their personal experiences of abuse and those reported by friends and counselors of victims, they reject the claim that suffering, including the suffering of Jesus on the Cross, "saves" us. Instead, they insist, we are saved by diverse supportive communities of loving persons, in whose presence we experience God...." - Booklist

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