Holy Heretic Devotional – Jan. 12, 2017-Sheros and Heroes



Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Psychic Kali Meister

“War is what happens when language fails.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a prolific and honored Canadian writer who is widely recognized as a feminist, social activist and an advocate of developing writers. To date Margaret Atwood has written over 35 books- novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Her books have been published around the world in more than 22 languages. Writing seemed to be a life long calling for Margaret Atwood. Her writing defies preconceived notions of female writers and genre.

Margaret Atwood voices strong feminist themes through her writing. In several of her books the female protagonist is a representation of “every women” who is victimized and minimized by gender and politics. Her novels that illustrate her strong feminist views are The Edible Women (1969), Lady Oracle (1976), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Cat’s Eye (1988), and her most recent novel Alias Grace (1996). These novels portray the strength and proactive nature of women as they struggle with inequality. Awards she received that recognized her contribution to feminists issues are 1986, Ms. Magazine, Woman of the Year and 1988, YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Atwood is also a social activist.

Civil rights always interested Atwood and she was active several years in Amnesty International, an organization helping free prisoner’s throughout the world. Her involvement with Amnesty International influenced her writing of True Stories (1981) a book of poetry and the novel Bodily Harm (1981). Atwood’s social activism has been awarded by the 1986, Ida Nudel Humanitarian Award and the, 1987, Humanist of the Year Award and the 1987, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Silver Medal. As well as working to support the rights of women and prisoners, Atwood also has encouraged the education of developing writers.

Today’s Action: Build a peaceful bridge between language and action, especially if either promote violence or hate.

Today’s Sharing:  Share your words of peace and begin to build a global bridge of nonviolence with the community and with us at the Holy Heretic Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.

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