I can analyse it and interpret it like I do the bible. But to me being a woman it is better than reading the bible. She was a very strong woman and her not converting to her puritan religion is significant to me. The Bible and Christianity is very patriarchal. Worshipping Christ who is a man is completely ignoring or negating half of humanity. To me Christ is a teacher for the people of earth, both woman and man, but I don't think Christ is the only teacher the only one who can lead us to God. We need to look at others as teachers. The bible is completely missing a woman's teachings on God. I am not worshipping Emily Dickinson as God but through her poetry I can discover a God from a woman's perspective. FINALLY!