Widely heralded as a leading feminist scholar, bell hooks also identified as a Buddhist Christian who believed that love was the antidote to oppression. In bell hooks' Spiritual Vision, Nadra Nittle traces the spirituality in hooks' writings. The book shows hooks as a feminist and a believer who knit together her political and spiritual practices.

Product Code: 9225
ISBN: 9781506488363
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Fortress Press
Pages: 147
Published Date: 11/07/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $24.00

When Black feminist and scholar bell hooks died in 2021, she was widely remembered for writing more than three dozen books across genres including memoir, poetry, theory, and criticism. However, it was her book Ain't I a Woman, in which hooks examines how Black American women have historically faced gender, class, and racial oppression, that catapulted her to prominence as a leading feminist thinker.

Nadra Nittle makes it clear that hooks identified not only as a feminist but also as a Buddhist Christian. In bell hooks' Spiritual Vision, Nittle recounts how hooks kept her spiritual practice private for years, fearing there was no room to discuss her faith in the feminist movement or in the academy. Ultimately, hooks decided to talk and write about her faith to give hope to students curious about her source of strength in a society she deemed an ""imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.""

Nittle traces the influences of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh as hooks developed a spiritual practice centered on love as a force for social change. Although hooks opened up about her spiritual philosophy in the last decades of her life, Nittle argues that hooks's contributions to religious discourse are largely unheralded. bell hooks' Spiritual Vision reflects her identity as a feminist and a believer who knit together her political and spiritual practices.

This book offers readers a window into spirituality's role in hooks' writing on her life, love, feminism, and society. It speaks both to hooks's longtime followers and to newcomers to her writing. Regardless of their starting points, readers will get to know bell hooks for all she was--Buddhist, Christian, and feminist.

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1. The Buddhist-Christian Love Ethic of bell hooks
2. The Girl with Too Much Spirit
3. Christianity for the Outcast
4. A Feminist Approach to Spirituality
5. Faith without Capitalism and Fundamentalism 6. “Love is Everything”
7. New Visions of Romance and Relationships


"During the last days of her life, bell hooks was most concerned with the peace she found between meditation and prayer. She spoke with conviction about the importance of faith. Nadra Nittle's bell hooks' Spiritual Vision is important in that it highlights one of the most overlooked aspects of her personal politics—the spiritual foundation of her feminist and Baptist-informed Buddhist practice. Nittle provides the insight we need to honor hooks' holistic approach to her theoretical interventions." —Lynnée Denise, friend of bell hooks and author of Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters

"Nadra Nittle's book is both homage and love song." —Beth Feagan, friend of bell hooks and MFA, assistant professor, general studies, Berea College

"Nadra Nittle offers an impeccable narrative of the profound figure and voice that is bell hooks that compels the reader to engage hooks beyond intellectual analysis but with their whole body, mind, and emotions. There is a hopefulness that Nittle brings out that can be gleaned from hooks' writing and the spiritual philosophy that guided her life." —Phil Allen, Jr., author of The Prophetic Lens: The Camera and Black Moral Agency from MLK to Darnella Frazier

"Nadra Nittle's bell hooks' Spiritual Vision: Buddhist, Christian, and Feminist is a thoughtful, intentional, and sensitive work that uplifts bell hooks as a theologian. Nittle, in her succinct reporting style, mixed with her own journey of meeting the late hooks once, grounds readers in how prolific of a writer hooks was on everything from feminism to love and men—and how all of this writing was grounded in the spiritual." —Olga Marina Segura, author of Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church

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