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From Publishers Weekly

Williamson ( A Return to Love ) here tells women that they are goddesses with cosmic functions. A weakness: she often lets women hear what they want to hear--how "special" they are, how beautiful, how close to nature. When she draws from her own experience, Williamson gives sound, empowering advice on relationships, work, love, sex and childrearing. Still, her soft focus on the so-called feminine virtues, including that of assuming the submissive role during sex, often seems reactionary and contradictory, as when she argues that women were meant to be passive, but later claims that woman should assert their power. This mix of the mystical, the modern (Williamson says one of her old boyfriends left her for a "bimbo") and the Christian could be called visionary--but the combination doesn't always make sense, as in this statement: "Our Kingdom is our life and our life is our Kingdom. And we are all meant to rule from a glorious place." Author tour.
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This is essentially a feel-good book, meant to inspire and empower women to take control over their lives and help return the world to the feminine qualities from which it has strayed. As in Williamson's best-selling first book, A Return to Love ( LJ 1/92), love is the key. Although Williamson's messsage is admirable--who among us is against the prospect of a world order based on love and understanding with an end to all that is antithetical?--many readers will be put off by the means she posits to that end. Most women do not think in terms of growth from girl to princess to queen to goddess. In addition, her assumption that all women intuitively know what is right is at best optimistic. This work could serve as a starting point for those who have difficulty approaching the concept of feminism. The success of Williamson's first book indicates New Age enthusiasts will be attracted here; aticipate demand where the first was popular. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/93.
- Kathleen L. Atwood, Pomfret Sch. Lib., Ct.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 8, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345386574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345386571
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read, I stop, I underline, I think, I smile a knowing smile. I read, I stop, I underline, I make a note about my worth. I read, I stop, I remember why I am here and honor all of the women before me. Whether I knew those women or not, they carved out the path of my existence. Their tears are the oceans I swim in and they set me afloat. I have read two other of Marianne Williamson's books, but those don't even compare to the simple, bold, in your face message of the value of your worth as a woman. I wish Marianne had a twin brother to write A Man's Worth, but she does graciously pay tribute to Sam Keen's Fire in the Belly on the very first page. See, always a woman to think of others and nurture the universe! Mostly, Madame Williamsons' book just made me feel so worthy of the gift of me. I am accountable to and of myself and it is my obligation to share the best of myself. So many juicy quotes, so many rich, alive, statements. This book HONORS MEN and WOMEN and CHILDREN simply by recognizing the golden opportunity we each have in being in love and living of love every day. That is the essence of all of our worth.
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A Woman's Worth is a great book for any woman to read who has lost herself; or perhaps even better for someone who has not figured out who she is yet. I read it when I was having a hard time feeling grounded and it really helped my self-confidence. I was able to begin to love myself again (or for the first time). And have since recommended it to a friend who is going through a difficult divorce - she loved it! Though I did not agree with everything that Marianne Williamson had to say , the tone of the book is such that you can easily take what you need and leave the rest.
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By A Customer on September 3, 1999
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4 years ago I came across a copy of this book, and spent a joyful afternoon reading her words and contemplating my own worth. This book nourished my soul. I felt like she was speaking directly to me, and thank God, I listened! My life was forever changed. This book had such an impact on me that words cannot convey. I ended my self-destruction that day, and discovered a sense of worth that I had never known. This book is the perfect gift for a daughter graduating from high school, or for any woman who has yet to discover her own vital place in this world.
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When i started reading the book I was overtaken by emotion. I crave hearing about what is good about women. She has a great talent for writing a "call-to-arms" and digs deep into some shared experiences.
Then at some point I realized her ideas about women were limiting to me. Her vision of women is very typical and even stereotypical. It assumes all women are good nurturers, heterosexual and looking for a long term relationship. To some extent it implies women are forced into competitive or leadership roles they don't actually enjoy.

These are some quotes that alerted me:
"Most of us want a masculine man, but there's no way to have one unless we become a feminine woman"
"Our burgeoning sexuality didn't just freak out Daddy, who was attracted and repelled at the same time. It freaked out Mommy too, who was jealous, and our teachers who had similar projections."
"A woman is meant to hold the heart of the world within her hands. She must cater to it and minister to it and kiss it when it cries... we are meant to prepare the food, the spiritual food of love and compassion. We are meant to care for the children, not just our own, but every child. When we do not recognize our cosmic function, our own hearts break and so does the heart of the world"

there are many other quotes that had me perk up my ears.
It's confusing to have these things uttered by someone who is pro-woman in some ways. I had to write this review to un-confuse myself.
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A spiritual look into our self-realization as women. A book for both women and men to acknowledge their feminine powers of compassion, healing, nurturing and intuition. A wonderful call to women to actualize their roles in relationships, family, society and on earth. Marianne's insight is profound and encompassing. I will definitely share this book with other women who I encounter. I have been so moved and filled by her ideas about women's worth that I intend to share those ideas with as many other Filipina women I speak to at conferences and workshops.
This book may at first be hard to digest but as you expand your awareness to a Universal level then the meanings all begin to make sense. Detractors may view this book as anti-men, but this is not the case when you read the book and understand it. On the contrary, she does speak of a balance between both masculine and feminine and a balance between the contributions of men and women within societies that flourished. Read pages 15 to 16 fully and digest the words before you make your own assessment of her meaning. Her book is not anti-men but rather anti-male domination which also means anti-imbalance.
Find out what all of us raving reviewers are talking about. for yourself. Get this book!
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By A Customer on September 12, 2000
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This book reminds you of your greatness as a woman. Thank you Ms. Williamson for reminding me of it being okay to do well and be the best I can be....be the goddess I was born to be. For years, I have been less than as a person to make others comfortable around me. This book supports what I always knew. Pick this book up and pass it along to those you love....
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