The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine


  • Published by HarperOne, 1996

For years, award-winning author Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, Kidd began to question her role as a woman in her culture, her family, and her religion, and she embarked on an unexpected journey toward a feminist spiritual awakening.

With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, the acclaimed author tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that women have lost within patriarchal faith traditions. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and rituals in the caves of Crete, Kidd takes readers through her tumultuous transformation and reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness.