Unexpected Abundance: The Fruitful Lives of Women Without Children

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UNEXPECTED ABUNDANCE: The Fruitful Lives of Women Without Children disputes the idea that motherhood is the highest calling for Christian women, holding up biblical figures, monastics, reformers, civil rights figures and more. Purchase at Eerdmans, Amazon, or best of all, from your local bookshop.

IRREVERENT PRAYERS: TALKING TO GOD WHEN YOU’RE SERIOUSLY SICK (co-authored with Samantha Vincent-Alexander): Two Episcopal priests learned the limits of prayer when deathly ill and emerged with new ways of praying. Preorder now at Eerdmans.


You can find links to essays, poems, book reviews, and books in which my work is anthologized here.


Selected Sermons

Here are a few of my favorites.


Elizabeth Felicetti

The Rev. Elizabeth Felicetti is an Episcopal priest and the rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia (www.stdavidsrva.org). In addition to writing weekly sermons, Elizabeth has had personal essays and book reviews published in The Atlantic, The Christian CenturyFaith & Leadership, Modern Loss, and others and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart. She is represented by Keely Boeving of WordServe Literary Agency.


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Book Launch for Irreverent Prayers

The Little Bookshop, 1318 Sycamore Square, Midlothian VA  804-464-1244
June 2, 2024 6PM – 7PM

“Writing and Selling Your Spiritual Memoir” at the Chautauqua Institution

New York
July 15 – 19

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Finding Gifts in a Childless Life: PW Talks with Elizabeth Felicetti

Elizabeth Felicetti—a writer, an Episcopal priest, the rector at a Richmond church, and a cancer survivor—covers a lot of ground in her debut book, Unexpected Abundance: The Fruitful Lives of Women Without Children (Eerdmans, Aug. 2023). 

Women without Children in Church History

In this first episode of season four, Grace chats with Reverend Elizabeth Felicetti, author of Unexpected Abundance: The Fruitful Lives of Women Without Children, on the dignity and humanity of women…

Interview with Elizabeth Felicetti - Book launch for "Unexpected Abundance"

In this interview we spoke with Rev. Elizabeth Felicetti about her book, “Unexpected Abundance: The Fruitful Lives of Women without Children.”

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