I spent some time this morning trying to organize my at-home work space. It already exists – a great big, lovely desk in the corner of our dining room/library/study – and yet I end up unplugging my laptop and sitting in other locales throughout my house. I need to like the space I’m in. I need to feel comfortable and “at home.” Otherwise, I’m restless and find a million other things to do but what really needs my time and attention!

So, I now have a clean desk, a printer disconnected and en route to the attic, and an amazing, hand-selected row of books I can see out of the corner of my eye. I’m encouraged and motivated. Here’s a glimpse of who I’m surrounded by:

Mary Pipher – Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Secret Lives of Adolescent Girls
Harriet Lerner –
The Dance of Anger, The Dance of Intimacy, The Dance of Deception
Patricia Lynn Reilly –
A God Who Looks Like Me: Discovering a Woman-Affirming Spirituality
Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards –
Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism
Shari MacDonald Strong (editor) –
The Maternal is Political: Women Writers on the Intersection of Motherhood & Social Change
Phyllis Trible and Letty Russell (editors) –
Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children
Melissa Raphael –
The Female Face of God in Auschwitz
Gertrude Mueller Nelson –
Here All Dwell Free: Stories to Heal the Wounded Feminine
Sue Monk Kidd –
The Secret Life of Bees, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
Jonalyn Grace Fincher –
Ruby Slippers
Kristine Rannka –
Women and the Value of Suffering
Carol Gilligan –
In a Different Voice, The Birth of Pleasure
Lillian Calles Barger –
Eve’s Revenge
Ruth Rosen –
The World Split Open
Mary Field Belenky, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, Jill Mattuck Tarule (editors) –
Women’s Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind
Camilee Peri & Kate Moses –
Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write about Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race & Themselves
Anne Burt & Christina Bakere Kline (editors) –
About Face: Women Write About what They See when they Look in the Mirror
Ivone Gebara –
Out of the Depths: Women’s Experience of Evil and Salvation
Linda Coughlin & Ellen Wingard (editors) –
Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership

If surrounded by these amazing titles, thoughts, and women isn’t enough to inspire me then a clean desk is hardly going to matter. But, with both true: amazing women and a clean desk, there just might be nothing that can hold me back! Clicking on, ordering, and reading any of the above might just enable and invite you to the very same!!!

It’s a good and beautiful thing to be surrounded by amazing women. It’s good and beautiful to be in conversation with them – and not just on printed page (thanks Jonalyn, Sally, and Kimberly for this morning!!). It’s good and beautiful to be one of them!

OK…back to work.