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Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6757-4
224 pages
May 2003, Jossey-Bass
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In this exquisite and sensitive book, author Stephanie Paulsell draws on resources from the Christian tradition to show how we can learn to celebrate the body's pleasures, protect the body's vulnerabilities, and develop the practices that will ultimately transform our troubled relationship with our bodies to one of honor and joy. A practical resource, Honoring the Body weaves together scripture, history, and lively stories that can help us recover and sustain an appreciation for ourselves as physical beings.
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Table of Contents

The Editor's Foreword.



Chapter 1: Awakening to Sacred Vulnerability.

Chapter 2: Pondering the Mystery of the Body.

Chapter 3: Bathing the Body.

Chapter 4: Clothing the Body.

Chapter 5: Nourishing the Body.

Chapter 6: Blessing Our Table Life.

Chapter 7: Exerting and Resting the Body.

Chapter 8: Honoring the Sexual Body.

Chapter 9: Honoring the Suffering Body.


The Author.


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Author Information

Stephanie Paulsell teaches at Harvard Divinity School. She is the former director of ministry studies and senior lecturer in religion and literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School and is a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
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