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Childhood religious images of judgment, punishment, unworthiness, and shame, of male saviors, messiahs, and Higher Powers pursue all women into adulthood. Many women realize they must leave behind the traditional concepts and images for a more authentic spirituality, yet they find that the male symbols of God are deeply rooted in their psyches and are difficult to transform.
This book shows how the patriarchal images of early experience have wounded women and still stand in the way of a self-defined spirituality.
“A profound and evocative guide to the mysteries and manifestations of the feminine face of God. It speaks to the depths of our yearning and the palpable reality of daily life as spiritual experience.”—Jean Houston, Ph.D., Director of the Foundation for Mind Research, author of The Hero and the Goddess
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Part I: Women’s Religious Past; 1. Religion’s Far-Reaching Effects; 2. Reluctance, Anger, and Courage; Part II: Religious Language and Imagery; 3. The God of Our Childhood Understanding