About

Dorothy C. Bass is a practical theologian, historian, mother, grandmother and stepmother. During twenty-five years as director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a Lilly Endowment project supporting the renewal of Christian theology and life, she wrote, edited, or coedited more than a dozen books. She has spoken widely on vocation and spirituality.


Curriculum vitae for Dorothy C Bass, Ph.D. https://dorothycbass.files.wordpress.com/2022/09/dorothycbass-vita.pdf

What People Are Saying About Stepmother

In this beautifully written, breathtakingly honest, truly groundbreaking book, renowned author and stepmother Dorothy Bass offers a brilliant redemption of a troubled role. She tackles stepmothering’s distorted myths, faces its many challenges, and offers deep wisdom gleaned from personal experience, stepmother research, and spiritual traditions. This astute book fills a huge lacuna and will empower readers to transform difficult circumstances into spaces of compassion and grace.

Bonnie Miller-McLemore

This brave, lively, surprising book needed to be written. The guidance Bass offers in Stepmother will serve women at every stage of what is not only a social role but a vocation that offers both new challenges and new avenues of grace.

Marilyn McIntyre

Stepmother is a powerful and timely theological reflection on motherhood, identity, family, and the decisions we make–above all, the choice to love. This book is for anyone who longs to understand the complexity and beauty of the ties that bind us.

Laura Kelly Fanucci


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