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I am so excited to announce that our  book Mother Daughter Speak: Lessons on Life cowritten with my daughter Elisabeth Sophia Lee is now available!!

It is a project that we have been working on for several years.  We are very pleased that it is finally published by FAR Press.

Order your copy today!

Mother Daughter Speak: Lessons on Life

by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Elisabeth Sophia Lee

Book Description

Mother-daughter relationships can be wonderful and powerful. They can also be stressful, challenging, and painful; yet they are often delicate and tender. After losing her own mother, Kim shares that strengthening her own mother-daughter relationship became more important than ever. Even through tumultuous times, mother-daughter relationships sustain us and keep us connected.

Kim’s and Lee’s personal reflections in this book from family, to real life challenges, to faith,  are attempts to open the dialogue between family members and communities. They share some of their vulnerabilities and pains in hopes that this kind of sharing will encourage others to engage in similar intimate dialogue.

Praise for Mother Daughter Speak

“This is a touching and moving book by mother and daughter about things that matter in life. Mother Daughter Speaks makes biblical connections, has study questions and practical guidelines on how to deal with social concerns such as sexism, racism, climate justice, and relationships. This is a book for all ages and it is good for the mind, the heart and the soul.” – Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Civil Rights Activist and President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition

“A candid heart-to-heart conversation between a 1.5 Korean North American female theologian and her teenage daughter on life, love, race, loss, and faith. This engaging book shows how you can begin intergenerational dialogues in your home to explore life’s mysteries and deepen faith. I highly recommend it.” – Kwok Pui-lan, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

“Grace Ji‐Sun Kim and Elisabeth Sophia Lee’s Mother Daughter Speak is a poignant dialogue of relationships, current events, and faith. In their distinct but related voices, Kim and Lee weave an intergenerational narrative of about marriage, family, loss, fear, mistakes, and gratitude that moves this intimate conversation outward to encompass the realities of gender, race, religious pluralism, social media, and the environment in light of a faith that speaks to both the personal and the political.”  – Susan M. Shaw, Ph.D., Author of Reflective Faith: A Theological Toolbox for Women

“In this engaging disclosure, a mother and daughter write for the head and heart as they guide us through a life’s journey full of intricacies seldom discussed – the family that made us, the crises that form us and the faith that sustains us. This is a must read for those of us who know that the hand the rocks the cradle truly rules our world.” – Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor of Ethics, Vanderbilt University

“As I read the delightful, heart-breaking, up-lifting stories offered by this gifted mother-daughter writing duo, I often felt like I was reading the story of my own family. Good books introduce us to an unfamiliar world. Great books not only introduce us to a different world, but allows us to be a part of that world and learn from that world. This book is a great book. Please read together with your family to see how God works in so many different ways through so many different stories.” – Soong-Chan Rah, Ph.D., Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary

“This is a lovely memoir of  family, faith, tradition, and love told through the thoughtful and thought-provoking narratives of a mother and daughter coming to terms with the joys and losses in life, all the while inviting us to reflect on how their journey may guide us to think more deeply about our own.” – Jasmin Zine, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

“As the father of three daughters, I’ve often witnessed the power of my wife’s relationships with our daughters. Mother-daughter relationships can be some of the most life-giving and intimate connections on earth. In “Mother Daughter Speak”, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Elisabeth Sophia Lee offer us a profound window into the incredible power of mother-daughter relationships.” Dr Graham Hill, Provost, Morling Theological College, Author, Global Church

Honest conversation between a mother and a daughter is sacred space. And in our particular cultural moment it is also a spiritual practice that calls humanity to take emotional risks to cultivate trustworthy connections with one another. This book is an act both of trust and of creativity that invites us to new and renewed ways to be well together. Would that we all have the courage to share our vulnerability with such a healing intention.

–The Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop, PhD, Pastor/Head of Staff, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC and author of Let the Bones Dance



Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Grace Kim (1)Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion and an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament within the PC (USA) denomination. She is the author or editor of 11 books including Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love and Here I Am. Kim is on the American Academy of Religion’s Board of Directors as an At-Large Director co chair of a steering committee, “Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism. She sits on the editorial board for the Journal for Religion and Popular Culture and is a referee for 3 journals: Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and The Global Studies Journal.  Kim writes for The Huffington PostSojournersEthicsDaily.com, Wabash Center and Feminist Studies in Religion (co-editor). She has also written for TIMEThe Feminist Wire, Feminism and Religion, The Forum for Theological Education  and The Nation.

Elisabeth Sophia Lee

Elisabeth Sophia Lee is a junior at Liberty High School where she is the junior student school board representative. She is also a captain of the BASD Mini Thon committee, member of G.R.A.S.S. club (environmental club) and writer for Liberty Life (school newspaper). She has been dancing for 13 years and has performed in PYB’s “The Nutcracker” for 10 years. She has been performing in school plays since elementary school and is part of Liberty Theatre where she performed in their production, West Side Story. She is a certified EMR with Cetronia Ambulance Corps and blogs at Loving Life. In her free time, she plays piano, writes, and sings in the worship team at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem.

[book cover designed by Theodore Andrew Lee & Naomi Bu]