Sitting with St. Clair

 

 

Tiffany Jobe, Editor

The Ashland Beacon

 

   I could sit and listen to Christina St Clair talk for hours. Her soothing voice and English accent combined with a rare cool summer evening paired with a rocking chair on the porch make for perfect conversation. She is, by far, one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. 

   St Clair hails from London but has been a resident of Ashland for more than 50 years. She is an experienced author, having written and published over eight books. She has degrees in Chemistry, Women’s Studies, and Philosophy. 

   “I've been a serious writer for many years. I have learned much about the craft, got divorced and remarried, became a spiritual director and minister, and continue to study wisdom traditions. I am a fan of the Russian writers, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I am also a fan of spiritual leaders such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Merton, Joan Chittister, CS Lewis, and many others.” said St. Clair. 

   “I began writing for children when I was in my thirties because I wanted a deeper life. At the time I was a chemist. The children's books I have written are all partly autobiographical: I wanted to look at my sometimes difficult childhood experiences (classism, rejection, powerlessness) as well as my psychic experiences (telepathy, transcendent moments, ghosts) and turn them into stories. At times, I've wanted to give up, but my hope continues to be that the books I have written will interest others. And earn some money. The Ten Yen series, co-authored with Amanda Armstrong, are contemporary post-modern books with a mystical twist, all about how people make choices to help or hurt one another, but there is a hidden spiritual process which through collective cooperation, results in miraculous healing.” 

   My latest novel, Naomi and Ruth, Loyalty Among Women, is historical fiction inspired by the Biblical Book of Ruth. It is as historically accurate as possible and fills in the gaps about these two dear friends, Naomi and Ruth. There is also a study guide by Roberta Mosier-Peterson to help readers, groups and book clubs reflect and form deep companionship.” St. Clair said. 

   I am a minister and my goal is to bring women’s stories to the forefront. I have studied the Bible and as I got deeper into it and become aware of the patriarchy and lack of women’s stories. I want women to know they have a voice. 

   St. Clair’s neighbor introduced her to a book called The Hiding Place, about two Christian sisters who secretly housed Jews to protect them from Nazis during the Holocaust. “When I read it, I wondered about these two women and how they stuck together through this. What is that about? But then, and this is bizarre, in the middle of the night the writer of the book was in my dream and told me to read the book of Ruth and I would understand. I was familiar with the book of Ruth, but not deeply, and so I read it again and I still didn’t get it! But it caught my interest and I began to really think about Ruth. I read an anthology of essays by Jewish scholars and theologians and it kind of gave me permission to write about it and give my interpretation of their story. When I began, I intended to write about Ruth, but it was Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth, who I became interested in. She became center stage. I want women to know we have a voice. We have different interpretations and that’s a good thing. A loyalty among women. I want to raise them up.”

   St. Clair’s books can be purchased on Amazon, or you can go to her website, www.loyaltyamongwomen.com.

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