Hello, friends. My name is Susan Windley-Daoust, and I have written a book currently called The Theology of the Body, Extended: the spiritual signs of childbirth, impairment, and dying. I am a Catholic theologian who teaches theology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and this book is the result of many things: most proximately a sabbatical year funded by my university and the Louisville Institute, which awards grants to people doing research for both the Church and academy. Less proximately, this has been a work years in the making, through doctoral work in theological anthropology and phenomenology, practice in spiritual direction, being a wife and mother of five, being involved in the work of hospitality through the Catholic worker, listening to students who come from very different place than I do, and overcoming my own hesitations to focus on this particular work of Bl. John Paul II.
The joy in learning new things is only exceeded by the joy in sharing what one has learned. And then the joy is multiplied by people with different insights offering alternate challenges to the material. I am creating this website in that spirit: sharing some of what I have learned to others through book clips, and keeping many people who are interested in what is happening on the publication front. Right now, the book is being considered by a publisher. You could help this book see publication by expressing your willingness to be contacted via email when the book is available for purchase. I promise not to spam you or sell your addresses. Regardless of your willingness to be on an email list, I am happy you are here.
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