"The female soul is no small thing," writes Sue Monk Kidd in this largely autobiographical work. When she was in her late thirties, the author — then a Southern Baptist, mother of two, and writer of articles in Christian magazines — was awakened to the Feminine Divine. Kidd describes the sea changes in her life over the next eight years as she puts behind her the patriarchically approved roles of gracious lady, church handmaid, secondary partner, many breasted mother, and silent woman.

Through dreamwork, rituals, art, and retreats with others exploring the sacred feminine, the author accepts the divine voice in her own soul. Now an Episcopalian, she also explores her deep connection with the earth and the necessity to seek justice. Kidd helps women expand their innate spirituality.