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The Luminous Heartbeat Hardcover – June 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0979027574 ISBN-10: 0979027578

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ovation Books (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979027578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979027574
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone...[longing] for a purer...relationship with the world around them will find something to respond to in this heartfelt book." -- Ian Tattersall, author of Becoming Human

About the Author

Wendy Victor studied comparative religion at Briarcliff College and earned a graduate degree in women's history from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work with Eastern art and anthropology has included assignments with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She led the Women's History Program at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, in Greenwich, Connecticut, and organized the school's symposium on "Educating Women for Peace." She lives in Palm Beach, Florida, with her best friend and husband, Mike.

Dora Frost is a painter who aligns herself with feminist ideology and lives in Southampton, New York. She painted the illustrations in "The Genesis Garden" after being inspired by Victor's writing.

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In the process she gives us a genuinely inspirational book.
Ralph White
The book is also visually stunning and is perhaps the most beautiful hardcover that I have seen.
In the process I definitely expanded my own horizons in a good way.
C. Waldorf

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ralph White on July 14, 2008
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With The Luminous Heartbeat, Wendy Victor sets out to discover why the beneficial female influences on our lives have been so eclipsed, why in particular the spiritual world is so patriarchal. In the process she gives us a genuinely inspirational book. She sees the transition from oral tales to written history as severing us from a world naturally rich in spiritual reality. She discovers this reality in everything about us, not in some vague concept or afterlife. For the woman receptive to Victor's message, there will be a new beginning, an empowerment, awareness, voice, fertility. She reconstructs the ancient equilibrium between spiritual and terrestrial forces, with the fertility goddess as the mediator. She reconfirms the original covenant between women and God. This book is intensely spiritual, intensely sexual, intensely curious, and intensely personal. Ultimately, Victor taps into the power grid and distributes spiritual energy to all womankind.

The Luminous Heartbeat is comprised of three parts. They are titled Five Thousand Years of Silence, The Genesis Garden, and Wings of the Cherubim:

Five Thousand Years of Silence is illustrated with a series of photos, taken by the author, of breathtaking sunsets over the Amazon River. "Language and story are tied to the land...To access wisdom, you need to be able to listen to the Earth itself, and then to speak and act on the very margins of what can be known and imagined...and the language that comes out of this process is inseparable from song and story, which are in their turn inseparable from the land."

The Genesis Garden is illustrated with the paintings of Dora Frost. "You can get to where you see in everything the essence of holiness, a sign that God is implicit in all creation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on August 3, 2008
"Bring us back, O Divine One / Into Thy Luminous Heartbeat." This is the end of Wendy Victor's poem that best summarizes the central focus within this beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring book. Its contents invite the reader to connect to the female energy, presence, passion and power yearning to be re-membered!

How can one connect to what has been forgotten and even deliberately erased from the history of humanity? The author has proceeded on a personal quest to explore the missing links that have made our world into the combative, frequently lost world recorded in both history and daily news around the world. Interestingly, the writer delineates how this denial of the female light and presence began with the invention of the written word.

As men began to record the previously oral accounts of the past, they experienced a power that led them to prominence. Women's place? Silence, silence over the centuries because these strong females knew they retained through their oral sharing the knowledge and wisdom of Sophia, the Australian Aborigine traditions celebrating the female in the divine, the pride and silently held fertility rites in Africa and so much more.

A different time, however, has arisen in our present understanding. In three potent and revealing parts, Wendy Victor explores, questions and celebrates the story of female thought, spirituality and action in the past that is to guide the female and the male's understanding of women in today's world.

The text is printed on beautiful paper and embellished with the painted illustrations of Dora Frost in the "Genesis Garden" section. A unique, special read, The Luminous Heartbeat will move every reader to raise questions, seek further answers, ponder the essential reality behind the research, examine one's own place in this significant examination, and desire to share this small but meaningful text with many other readers!

Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 3, 2008
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 15, 2008
The Luminous Heartbeat is a stimulating work set down in three separate partitions: Five Thousand Years of Silence in which Victor investigates why women stepped out of the midpoint of influence and the repercussions held for our particular time. Next Victor scrutinizes The Genesis Garden where what she terms as the fable of Creation is recreated through art and poetry, and as a final point she makes available a straightforward tale of female action in the world in the section titled Wings of the Cherubim.

On the pages of The Luminous Heartbeat, Wendy Victor offers women a general idea of why the helpful female influences upon lives have been for the most part ignored, downplayed or hidden from view. She offers insight into the spiritual world and why it appears to be so patriarchal in scope.

Exquisite photographs and magnificent prose are found on the pages of Division 1; five thousand years ago sexuality, and authority of women were viewed in a very different way than is found today. Those were the days of the formal procedure of Sacred Marriage, in which a male was united sexually with a goddess or her priestess, before he was sacrificed. Seven chapters, an epilogue and bibliography are found on the seventy four pages comprising Five Thousand Years of Silence.

Part 2, The Genesis Garden continues the theme that through the ages women have made many contributions to society and the furthering of humanity despite the reality that those contributions have largely gone unsung. The Genesis Garden beginning on page 75, offers illustrations from Dora Frost, begins with a Prologue, continues through Five Chapters, Acknowledgments and an extensive Bibliography.

Victor wraps up her work with Part 3, titled The Wings of the Cherubim.
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