Biographies and Memoirs

Lady Father

Category:Biographies and Memoirs

Author:The Rev. Susan B. Bowman

  • Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2011
  • Number of Pages: 276
  • ISBN-10: 1608300560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608300563

Lady Father by The Rev. Susan B. Bowman is a compelling and inspiring memoir that chronicles the author's extraordinary journey from her calling to ordained ministry to her service as one of the first female priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. With honesty, vulnerability, and grace, Bowman shares her experiences, the obstacles she faced, and the triumphs she achieved in a male-dominated church. The narrative begins with a devastating moment of rejection when Bowman receives the news that she is not being recommended for ordination. This moment serves as a stark reminder of the gender bias that persisted in the church during that era. However, it also becomes the catalyst for her determination to break through barriers and fulfill her calling. The memoir examines the process that ultimately led to her ordination by the Rt. Rev. C. Charles Vache, a significant achievement that paved the way for future generations of female priests.

Bowman's storytelling is both authoritative and compassionate, offering readers a candid glimpse into her spiritual growth, the challenges she encountered, and the moments of joy that defined her journey. The narrative is infused with humanity, and Bowman's ability to reflect on her experiences with grace and insight makes her story relatable and poignant. Her prose is elegant and engaging and her honesty shines through every page of the story.  While Lady Father is a personal memoir, it also addresses important questions about the role of women in the church and the meaning of God's call. Bowman's story serves as an inspiration for anyone facing obstacles and prejudices while pursuing their legitimate aspirations. The author’s courage and determination are evident throughout the book, a powerful testament to the transformative power of faith and perseverance. This book is an inspirational memoir that invites readers to reflect on the challenges and triumphs of breaking barriers and answering God’s call. I enjoyed the anecdotes, the author’s persuasive arguments against prejudice, and her drive to achieve her goals. 

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott

Reviewed Date: November 26, 2023

Category: Biographies and Memoirs

Biography & Memoir