Mary Faulkner is a writer, psychotherapist, and director of the International Institute of Integrated Healing Arts in Nashville, TN. She was the founding editor of the San Francisco-based magazine Recovery and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Roman Catholicism and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Women's Spirituality.
I am mystified as to why this book has received glowing reviews from other readers. The author has nothing new to say and misidentifies, misquotes, misunderstands, and misrepresents much of the material included. She is often just flat-out wrong. There are many good and even great books out there on women's spirituality (some of which the author cites, usually inaccurately) but this is definitely not one of them.
With all of the information overload in the 21st century, you may be saying, "Why in the world would I read another book?" or "When would I even have time?" As a working mother, I understand. I also want you to know that I stole time from my sleeping hours to read this book late at night in a quiet house. Mary's book is that good, that necessary. It's not just the factual information that she shares which is clear, immediate,and practical. It's not the stories either, although you will feel as if you have met new friends and recognized some old ones, claiming your own place in the community along the way. It's not even the way that Mary will make you think new thoughts and from new angles about things you thought you already knew. It's the book itself. Somehow, Mary has managed to write a book that IS women's spirituality, rather than being about it. Mary's words weave a sense of safety, of time apart, of nurturing oneself, of connecting to other women through time and space, of sitting in silence on a wild October night with the Divine Feminine Herself. Brava, Mary! You will want more when you finish. And, if we are lucky, Mary will give it to us!
wow--as if the title isn't provacative enough, there is the wonderful cover art! This book is fun, easy to read, and very broad--it covers primative Goddess worship, Native American, Jewish, Paganism, Christianity...Mary Faulkner gives a cohesive and comprehensive perspective of how and why Women's Spirituality is so important to all of us humans. It is nicely done-- no favoritism or demeaning comments--respectful to each different culture and group. There are personal stories and some lovely photographs included. Her humor is also a great asset--I found myself smiling and laughing throughout the book as I embraced learning new ways to be a part of the movement instead of apart from it. I have already bought 3 more books for my friends and we are going to have a study group and experiment with some of the suggestions/ideas in the book.
"Women's Spirituality: Power and Grace" is a must-have for everybody's library! It is a treasure-trove of facts and history behind Women's Spirituality, written in a most organized and easily understood flow, including chapter synopses. Many examples of individuals and organizations sets this apart -- a rich resource of networking! The book is Power and Grace personified!
I live in a house full of women-all ages! I pride myself on being a sensitive and supportive male. This book really opened my eyes and has given me the language to carry on intelligent conversations, plus have a newer and deeper understanding of the history-herstory hahahaha of women thru-out time! Ms Faulkner has a way with words and I look forward to her next book. And I have tracked down a couple of her older writings. I have enjoyed her recovery cards as well! You will be glad you ordered this book.