Christ Today

February 23, 2021

Joan lived a rather normal life for several years after she began to hear her voices.’ In this matter-of-fact way, Nash-Marshall weaves the spiritual into the mundane in her book about Joan of Arc. She doesn’t try to explain away Joan’s visions, nor explore feminist themes, of which there are plenty here. Instead, philosopher Nash-Marshall (assistant professor at Fordham and New York universities) writes like an engaging historian and simply tells Joan’s spiritual and political well that I failed in my attempt to skim the book; I kept being pulled into the narrative. Along the way, Nash-Marshall helps the reader understand the role Joan’s spirituality played in her own life and in the history of France. Her philosophic exploration at the end, where she tries to understand the relationship of faith, God, and nationalism, is weak and fortunately short.

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