It is often pointed out how destructive and narrow-minded our society has become in the absence of a feminine God or life perspective. Here we are offered a remedy—the willingness to be receptive and empathetic to the very persons and ideas that we find most troubling and threatening. Our deepest lessons are found in the truths of our apparent enemies, by “looking at the person who harms you, and seeing how they are like you.” This is the message of Brenda Peterson, speaking from her own family and daily life experiences, on topics from leaky roofs to the abortion issue. About her own brother Peterson says, “If I fault his belief system, I tamper with the fabric of his being, and that to me is evil . . . If I want to have a family, I have to learn to negotiate, to listen and to not violate their deepest core.” (hosted by Joan Marler)
Brenda Peterson is a novelist, nature writer, and writing teacher. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and O: The Oprah Magazine.
Brenda Peterson’s books include:
- Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals (W. W. Norton 2001)
- Duck and Cover (Backinprint.com 2004)
- I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth (Da Capo Press 2010)
To learn more about the work of Brenda Peterson go to www.brendapetersonbooks.com.
Hosted by: Joan Marler Interview Date: 7/23/1992 Program Number: 2343