Divine Daughters by Rachel L. Bagby
Liberating the Power and Passion of Women's Voices

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An extraordinary vocal artist, storyteller, and performer, Rachel Bagby has something to say. She calls on mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere to reclaim their own voices by living "an out-loud devotion to freedom"--singing, whispering, speaking--and to respect their essential passions along the way. Deeply rooted in her own life story, Divine Daughters is about the power of speech, the power of silence, the power of sound, and the power of storytelling.

In this unique and refreshing narrative, Rachel Bagby offers a powerful testament to the connection between self-expression, personal power, and restorative community. Divine Daughters reveals the relationship between the discovery and recovery of one's peerless voice and the experience of daughters as divine. Drawing on the experiences of her own tumultuous life-including creative fervor, rape, homelessness, and then critical success-Bagby chronicles the reclamation of both her voice and her passion and challenges us to do the same. With poetic lyricism and a great gift for storytelling, Bagby urges us to reap the empowering benefits that come from tapping into life's wellspring of sound and song.

Lyrically told, Bagby's story is at times painfully honest about her own struggles to find her true voice in relationship with "Life Itself." She reveals the power of voice with stories about courage and shame, forgiveness, infidelity, equality, and ecology. She asks us to articulate compassion every day and to amplify the daughterly divinity found in spiritual texts, legend, folktale, custom, and creation stories. Finally, she emphasizes the importance of nurturing our daughters's voices and charges women everywhere to create restorative communities that "consistently give voice to Life."


About Rachel L. Bagby

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Published April 1, 1999 by Harper San Francisco. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Through it all, Bagby tries affirm the female worth, especially the power of daughters, seeking out old stories which show daughters to be of divine lineage.

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In 1977, she entered Stanford Law School, ""one of fifteen women and five Blacks in a class of 139"" who were told they were ""destined to rule the country if not the world."" Shifting precipitously (using a technique she calls ""fast-forward"") to New Year's Eve 1981, Bagby tells of taking refug...

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