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 mother, Kim shares that strengthening her own mother-daughter relationship was more important than ever.
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.
“A mother and daughter write for the head and heart as they guide us through a life’s journey full of intricacies seldom discussed.” – Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
“A candid heart to heart conversation…on life, love, race, loss, and faith. I highly recommend it.” – Kwok Pui Lan, Ph.D., Candler School of Theology
“This is a touching and moving book by mother and daughter about things that matter in life. Mother Daughter Speak 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
“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
About the Author
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion. She is the author or editor of twenty books, including Invisible (2021), Hope in Disarray (2020), and Keeping Hope Alive (2019). She is a coeditor for the book series “Asian Christianity in the Diaspora” and is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister. She writes for Sojourners, Wabash Center, Baptist News Global, Spirituality and Health, and Feminist Studies in Religion, and has published in TIME, Huffington Post, Christian Century, US Catholic Magazine, and The Nation.
Elisabeth Sophia Lee is a sophomore at Liberty High School where she is the Junior Student School Board Representative and a senator in student government. She is a dancer at Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 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.