Resources for Awakening

Recommended Reading for Women Waking UP


 

I've put together a list of the books that have been THE most influential on my own feminist spiritual awakening. I have recommended each of these items because they have had a profound impact on me and my quest for womanhood, and I hope there is something here for wherever you are on your own journey.

The most recent change to this list is the addition of The Virgin's Promise by Kim Hudson, taking the place of The Heroine's Journey by Maureen Murdock. Both are explorations of the concept of the heroine's journey, the latter being the pioneer of this modification to Joseph Campbell's hero's journey (or Monomyth cycle). After reading several books that attempt to map a woman's journey toward sovereignty, I find The Virgin's Promise the most relevant to women today.

If you have any questions about this list, just email me.

xx JD

 

Recommended

Reading

Dance of the Dissident Daughter
  by Sue Monk Kidd

❝ In these pages I've tried to tell you about the deep and immense journey a woman makes as she searches for and finds a feminine spirituality that affirms her life. It's about the quest for the female soul, the missing Feminine Divine, and the wholeness women have lost within patriarchy. It's also about the fear, anger, pain, questions, healing, transformation, bliss, power, and freedom that come with such journeys. ❞

FIND IT ON:  GOOGLE | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Recommended

Reading

Women Who Run with the Wolves
  by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

❝ This is a book of women's stories, held out as markers along the path. They are for you to read and contemplate in order to assist you toward your own natural-won freedom. [...] I'll tell you right now, the doors to the world of the wild Self are few put precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. [...] If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door. ❞

FIND IT ON:  GOOGLE | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Reading

Goddesses in Everywoman
  by Jean Shinoda Bolen

❝ This book describes a new psychological perspective of women based on images of women — provided by the Greek goddesses — that have stayed alive in human imagination for over three thousand years. This psychology of women differs from all theories that define a 'normal' woman as a woman who conforms to one 'correct' model, personality pattern, or psychological structure. It is a theory based on observing the diversity of normal variations among women. ❞

FIND IT ON:  GOOGLE | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Reading

When God Was a Woman
  by Merlin Stone

❝ How did it actually happen? How did men initially gain the control that now allows them to regulate the world in matters as vastly diverse as deciding which wars will be fought when to what time dinner should be served? This book is the result of my reactions to these and similar questions which many of us concerned about the status of women in our society have been asking ourselves and each other. ❞

FIND IT ON:  GOOGLE | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

 

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