Holy Woman

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My debut literary memoir, Holy Woman, will be published by Scribe Publications in 2020.


Louise Omer was a pentecostal preacher and faithful wife. But when her marriage crumbled, so did her beliefs. Haunted by questions about what it means to be female in a religion that worships a male God, she left behind a church and home to ask women around the world: how can we exist in patriarchal religion? And can a woman be holy?

With $500 in her pocket and the conviction that she was following a divine path, Louise began a pilgrimage that has taken her to Mexican basilicas, Swedish cathedrals, Bulgarian mountains, and Moroccan mosques. 

Holy Woman combines travel writing, feminist theology, and psychogeography to interrogate modern religion and give a raw and personal exploration of spiritual life under patriarchy.

This is a pilgrimage. Walk with me.