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A Woman's Book of Life: The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle 1st Riverhead Trade Pbk. Ed Edition
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Dr. Borysenko is a scientist, with strong interests in health, spirituality, mind-body interaction, and the role of women in our society. This book synthesizes those ideas into a fascinating whole. It's definitely pitched to the layman (layperson?) rather than to scientists, and presents a broad range of ideas in an accessible and entertaining manner.
Borysenko's goal is to describe the physical and mental changes women undergo in their lives, and to outline a positive way to view each of the phases in a woman's life - childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and maturity. She synthesizes a tremendous amount of science and wisdom to do it, discussing everything from genetics and cell division to Lakota Sioux attitudes towards menstruation. Few readers are likely to agree with everything Borysenko writes, but her ability to take disparate information and combine it is sure to give every reader some new insights into women's physical and mental development, and ways in which women can craft their role in life.
Borysenko introduces most chapters with the ongoing story of a hypothetical character, "Julia", as she matures through each of Borysenko's stages of life. As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, Julia seems to be an idealized verion of Dr. Borysenko herself, an upper-middle class white American with strong interests in womens' development. While this may alienate some readers, I think it's worth sticking with the book.Read more ›
Perhaps it's escapism - I tell myself (in effort to sleep at night). Yet, after reading Borsyenko's, book I'm reminded that, yes, it's good to follow intellectual pursuits. And, yes, there's differences between women and men. According to Borysenko, women are most often motivated by what they can contribute to society, family, and how to make a difference in the world. Men tend to define themselves by their work. Most telling! Anyhow, I won't give away the store here - but in my opinion, if you are of the female persuasion, you will not want to miss this read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this book 10 years ago and just purchased again for adult daughters. Excellent reading. Highly recommend for women of all ages.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was a little disappointed as I expected a little more about a woman's energetic field, but that is most likely my personal expectations. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Every woman should read this book. I wish I had when I was younger as it helps you understand the biological & emotional issues common to certain periods in your life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Miranda Wright
A fabulous look at the transitions through a woman's life, from both physical and mental perspectives. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Angela M Jackson
I got this book for a course, but it should be mandatory reading for both men and women, everywhere. Wish I knew what is in this book when I was a pre-teen!Published on March 27, 2014 by Andrea Schwartz