When Fran Stedman sent us an endorsement, from “across the pond,” of Alice Scott-Ferguson’s new memoir, Daughter of the Isles, we received a beautiful page of writing that we had to shorten for use as a blurb in the book and online. I want to share her entire review here, because, though it doesn’t mention the ministry and multi-cultural parts of Alice’s story (in Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, New York, and Colorado) I think it offers a vivid look at Alice and the themes of her life. So here are the words of British theologian and psychologist Fran Stedman:
In Daughter of the Isles, Alice Scott-Ferguson takes readers on a captivating journey through the stages of her life. With her exquisite prose and poetry, she skillfully invites us to immerse ourselves in her experiences. Through her vivid descriptions, we can almost smell the fragrances and visualize the picturesque sights she encounters, from the gentle sand fringed bays and towering cliffs of her home island to the enchanting scent of flowers guiding ships to safe harbor.
As we delve into Alice’s story, we become acquainted with compelling characters like Granny Nort, a product of the Victorian era, of fairness, justice, and equality within religious institutions. Fearlessly challenging patriarchal norms, she spearheads initiatives to empower women and helps them find spiritual freedom in their true selves in Christ.
However, Alice doesn’t shy away from the painful aspects of her life. She shares her heart wrenching experiences of leaving her idyllic island home at age twelve and the profound grief she felt upon losing her soulmate, Jim, after many decades of marriage. More recently, she faced the devastating loss of a second husband, plunging her into a deep grief once again.
One of the remarkable aspects of this book is the journey of personal growth and spiritual development that Alice takes us on. We witness her transformation from a passionate warrior fighting for women’s empowerment to a serene and confident individual who finds solace in the finished work of Christ.
The humility she displays in acknowledging the need for new perspectives on God’s grace is a beautiful lesson we can all learn from.
It is a beautifully written memoir that takes readers on a poignant and transformative journey. It is a book that will resonate with those seeking inspiration, spiritual growth, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be fully human.
Fran Stedman combines her time as a teacher of Philosophy, Theology, Ethics and Psychology, and an honorary Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in a low-cost clinic in Central London, UK. She also runs a private practice offering therapy. Fran is a member of the Center of Open and Relational Theology, and she facilitates local theological discussions as well as thought provoking discourse on existential matters for individuals who may feel uneasy in traditional religious settings. Fran recently collaborated on the co-editing of a book of essays by writers worldwide, Partnering with God. She holds a BA in Psychology, BA (with honors) in Theology and Education, and MA in Political Theology.
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Learn more about the book, Daughter of the Isles HERE.
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