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Loving Our Own Bones by Julia Watts Belser
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Sep 12, 2023 | ISBN 9780807006757

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Praise

“Belser’s book is a triumph of theological insight, disability activism, and honest, personal, hard-won wisdom . . . An excellent, impressive addition to the conversation around theology and disability that shines on many levels.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“Eloquently argued . . . This is an impressive achievement.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A fresh perspective on disability.”
Spirituality and Practice

“Written with a scholar’s deft touch and a poet’s lyrical precision, this book will draw you in to think and feel differently about sacred texts and disabled people’s complex and luminous lives, in the troublesome context of ableism’s strictures and structures. By the end, I was transported to new vistas, unimagined openings in my heart and understanding. Julia Watts Belser’s ability to move differently carries the reader to new realms: Loving Our Own Bones is a book that flies on wheels, a dazzling and revelatory ride.”
—Rebecca Ann Parker, co-author of Saving Paradise

“This book reaches back to the oldest stories of the Hebrew Bible and retells them through perspectives on flourishing in bodies considered disabled—the kinds of bodies we all inevitably inhabit. Loving Our Own Bones is a gift to us all and a call to love ourselves and one another in all our varied, distinctive, and entirely human bodies.”
—Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, author of Extraordinary Bodies

“Julia Watts Belser is a Wisdom Rebbe, a leader, an innovator, and a sacred guide to the deepest depths of all that makes us human.”
—Neshama Carlebach, award-winning singer/songwriter

“This is an extraordinary book: beautifully written and accessible yet filled with scholarly insights; profoundly spiritual yet also boldly critical; fiercely angry yet also affirming and joyous. Readers of Loving Our Own Bones will not only come away with a deepened understanding of disability and ableism but will also likely have their views of many biblical texts challenged and transformed.”
—Judith Plaskow, author, with Carol P. Christ, of Goddess and God in the World

“An unapologetically embodied text, Loving Our Own Bones is essential reading for anyone interested in queer crip world-making. Seamlessly weaving together memoir, disability theory, biblical criticism, and activist practice, Julia Watts Belser offers readers vital new frameworks for understanding the textures of disabled life and the possibilities of story. Placing radically inclusive access at the center of her spiritual work, Belser reveals how loving our own bones is a collective act.”
—Alison Kafer, author of Feminist, Queer, Crip

“…A profound gift of disability wisdom, a radical act of spiritual imagination that can guide us all toward a powerful reckoning with each other and with our bodies.”
—Ilana Maymind, lecturer at the Religious Studies Department at Chapman University

Table Of Contents

CHAPTER ONE
Claiming Disability

CHAPTER TWO
Grappling with the Bible: Gender, Disability, and God

CHAPTER THREE
Hiddenness and Visibility: Passing and Presenting as Disabled

CHAPTER FOUR
Ableism: The Social-Political Dimension of Disability

CHAPTER FIVE
Priestly Blemishes: Talking Back to the Bible’s Ideal Bodies

CHAPTER SIX
Moses: Portrait of a Disabled Prophet

CHAPTER SEVEN
The Land You Cannot Enter: Longing, Loss, and Other Inaccessible Terrain

CHAPTER EIGHT
The Perils of Healing

CHAPTER NINE
Isaac’s Blindness: The Complexity of Trust

CHAPTER TEN
Jacob and the Angel: Wheels, Wings, and the Brilliance of Disability Difference

CHAPTER ELEVEN
The Politics of Beauty: Disability and Desire

CHAPTER TWELVE
The Radical Practice of Rest: Shabbat Values and Disability Justice

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
God on Wheels: Disability Theology

Glossary of Jewish Terms
Acknowledgments
A Note on Translation
Notes
Index

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