Honoring The Body Ways To Practice - Books

For it as you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's
womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.


— Psalm 139:13-14


Books
Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice
Stephanie Paulsell
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Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel
Jean Kilbourne (Touchstone, 2000).

Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X
Tom Beaudoin (Jossey-Bass, 1998).

Caretakers of Our Common House: Women's Development in Communities of Faith
Carol Lakey Hess (Abingdon, 1997).

Motherprayer: The Pregnant Woman's Spiritual Companion
Tikva Frymer-Kensky (Riverhead Books, 1995).

The Body and Society
Peter Brown (Columbia University Press, 1988).

Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to
Medieval Women

Caroline Walker Bynum (University of California Press, 1987).

Films
Jean Kilbourne
Three videotape presentations by Jean Kilbourne: Killing Us Softly III: Advertising's Image of Women, Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness, and Pack of Lies: The Advertising of Tobacco

Schindler's List
Based on the story of Oskar Schindler, an opportunistic businessman who uses Jewish labor to start a factory in Nazi-occupied Poland. As World War II progresses, and the fate of the Jews becomes more and more clear, Schindler learns to respect his workers' humanity and he finds ways to protect over 1100 Jews from death in the Auschwitz gas chambers. Note the stark contrast between honoring and dishonoring bodies throughout the film. (1993)

Mask
Based upon the story of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis, who lived from 1964 to 1980 with craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a bone disease that causes extreme facial disfigurement. In spite of the way he is often treated because of his physical appearance, Rocky is an honor student and a surprisingly upbeat and responsible kid. Note how Rocky is accepted by other "outsiders," including his mother's motorcycle gang and the young people he meets while working as a summer counselor at a camp for the blind. (1985)




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