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The above paragraph summarizes the gist of this book in a nutshell. The author, Lucinda Bakken White, tells her story without frills or foibles in simple,direct prose. Starting with her childhood, she reminisces fondly of her grandparents from both sides and the holidays she spent with them. When she was eleven years old, her mother, erstwhile divorced, remarried. Her stepfather, who also adopted her and paid her bills, was anchored in a mindset based on achieving the American dream and had strong ideas on how a young girl should look and behave. To coexist peacefully, Lucinda began to live according to three rules, viz.1) be happy and grateful, 2) go out of your way to charm other people 3) be thin and beautiful according to mainstream standards, all the while irrespective of how she felt inside. Armed with the above rules, Lucinda surmised that Life would be good to her. This continued negation of her feelings led to severe psychological problems and suicidal depression. How Lucinda dealt with these problems and emerged into the sunlight, forms the subject of this book.
Life continued for Lucinda. She got a job, met her future husband, got married, enjoyed an active social life, (the last helped restore her flagging sense of self worth) and gave birth to two children. Then “something inside of me wanted to shapeshift. I had a feeling and a knowing that it was time to gracefully end one season of my life and move into another cycle of learning.”
A dream encounter with one of her totem animals, viz., Wolf was the trigger for a new direction for Lucinda. It led to a reading spree on self-development in general and totem animals in particular. The rest of the book explores how she seeks the fragile balance between the conventional wisdom of society and the call from her soul.
The journey to wholeness is very fascinating and extremely individual, no two journeys are identical. Lucinda’s journey is unique in that she concentrates on totem animals and artefacts such as bones and feathers that they leave behind and the feelings they evoked in her. Another important facet of this memoir and sets it apart from other similar life journeys is the sharing of her grounded perspective of Death as being an inescapable part of Existence.
This book is a fascinating read and will inspire many on their journeys to wholeness. The pace is measured and easy to follow, yet it holds the reader’s interest.This book deserves a pride of place on any bookshelf dealing with books on self-inquiry.
We all have a person that we are meant to be. Sometimes we are allowed to fully grow into that person. Other times, we are forced to swallow who we are in order to please those around us. This has been the case for Mrs. White, for myself, and for countless others.
Confessions of a Bone Woman is the memoir of Lucinda Bakken White’s journey back to who she was meant to be. Some parts may seem a bit weird or “out there”, but some parts I understand completely. She thrives on nature and connects with it on a deeply spiritual level.
If you enjoy reading about others’ journeys to find themselves, you will not be disappointed with Confessions of a Bone Woman. We give it 5 stars.
Blog reader warning: There are mentions of things not in keeping with Christianity in this book. Some parts feel somewhat pagan in nature.
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