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The Feminine Mystic: Books About Feminine Spirituality

Explore these memoirs and nonfiction selections from writers who define the divine with a feminine pronoun.

Amos, Tori and Ann Powers
Tori Amos: Piece by Piece
ML420.A5874 A3 2005
The pop musician renowned for her idiosyncratic songs and feminist ideas explores archetype, feminism, and inspiration in this biography uniquely arranged in chapters named after goddesses and female mythological characters.
 
Cleary, Thomas
Twilight Goddess: Spiritual Feminism and Feminine Spirituality
BL325.F4 C54 2000
This work takes readers through Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and the Sufi tradition of Islam, demonstrating how the ancient tradition of goddess worship has not disappeared, in spite of the attempts at suppression by patriarchal cultures.
 
Craighead, Meinrad
Meinrad Craighead: Crow Mother and the Dog God: A Retrospective
q ND237.C814 A4 2003
Hundreds of prints reveal Craighead's colorful, earthy depictions of the divine femininity blended with natural imagery and resonant personal experience.
 
EstÚs, Clarissa Pinkola
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
GR470.E88 1992
A Jungian analyst matches the folklore of different cultures with analysis to guide women toward enriching their lives by releasing and embracing the intuitive Wild Woman archetype within.
 
Grahn, Judy
Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World
GN484.38.G73 1993
In this well-researched yet approachable book, Grahn reimagines the historical influences on present day customs in culture, politics and religion as issuing from prehistoric rituals related to menstruation.
 
Harvey, Andrew and Anne Baring
The Divine Feminine: Exploring the Feminine Face of God Throughout the World
BL325.F4 D58 199
This multicultural anthology of hymns and poems of the goddess in various embodiments and spiritual traditions, from Isis to the Virgin Mary, Judaism to Sufism, illustrates tmany ways to celebrate and relate to the feminine side of divinity.
 
Kidd, Sue Monk
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine
BL73.K53 A3 1996
This compelling memoir documents Sue Monk Kidd's journey from a successful inspirational writer, devout Baptist, and model conservative woman to her discovery and quest for the feminine side of divinity.
 
Ruether, Rosemary Radford
Goddesses and the Divine Feminine
BL73.K53 A3 1996
Goddesses and other feminine aspects of divinity are detailed from prehistory to modern day, including social (especially male-centric) forces that repressed and shaped female goddess movements. An important read for those interested in a more equal view of the divine and the female.
 
Sj÷÷, Monica and Barbara Mor
The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth
201.43 S55
In this substantial resource the authors draw from biology, archaeology and mythology to outline the "herstory" of goddess-worshipping religion throughout the world, from its prehistoric inception through its contributions to human culture and its oppression through the ages.
 
Stone, Merlin
When God Was a Woman
BL458 .S76
Highly informative with an academic edge, this ground-breaking classic suggests that prehistoric artwork and archaeology indicate a widespread matriarchal, goddess-worshipping culture predated subsequent religions with primarily male deities.
 

Updated: 05/05/2011