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Resurrecting Venus: Embrace Your Feminine Power Hardcover – November 19, 2014
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“Cynthia Occelli and I have been friends for over a decade. She has a spirit of peace that I saw severely tested by a tumultuous and painful journey. I have never seen anyone come through such difficulty with so much grace, calm, and excitement about life. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I pray, and then I talk to Cynthia. She has a way of seeing through all the ‘stuff ’ and getting right to the core of what’s going on. With a gentle hand and listening ear, she’s able to help me navigate my way back to sanity.
Cynthia often talks to me about enjoying life, taking care of myself, and reveling in my femininity. In a ‘dog eat dog’ world, she has shown me by example that it’s okay, even empowering, to use the unique gifts that God gave us as women to live our dreams and fulfill our life purpose. Cynthia can tap into chaos and negative emotions and come away with a clear understanding of how to overcome those challenges. I love my friend, and I thank God for her.” –Sherri Shepherd, comedienne, actress, co-host of The View, author of Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break
“In language both eloquent and direct, Resurrecting Venus takes us into the depths of the feminine essence in its earthy and mystical aspects. Cynthia echoes a time when the truths she shares prevailed on the planet, when the gifts of the divine feminine were fully recognized and flourished to the profound benefit of all sentient beings. She reminds us that honoring the feminine or Shakti principle of life force is, in fact, the key to healing not only individual wounds, but also the woundedness of the world at large. A must read for women and men alike.” –Michael Bernard Beckwith, Author of Life Visioning
“Finally, a woman who understands men! Cynthia decodes the minds and motivations of men and gives women a clear approach to inspiring us to give them our all. She’s living proof that the most powerful women are those who embrace their feminine strengths. Resurrecting Venus is pure genius; every single woman alive should read it and celebrate.” –Tony Berkman, CEO, Blog Catalog
“I loved reading every word. Cynthia’s writing is captivating. She brilliantly explains how all women, from homemakers to high-level executives, can use their feminine power to create fulfilling lives and that being a powerful woman doesn’t mean behaving like a man. She courageously reveals her own mistakes and heart-rending tragedies as a means for giving hope to all ‘sisters’ and helping us make better choices. Resurrecting Venus is incredibly inspiring!” –Shelly Lefkoe, Co-founder, Lefkoe Institute & Author of Parenting the Lefkoe Way
“Resurrecting Venus is a call for all women to more deeply awaken to who we are and let our healing power bring positive change to our planet. With true stories and timeless wisdom, Cynthia lovingly shows us how to fill our hearts, so we can transform our lives and the lives of others.” –Agapi Stassinopoulos, Author of Unbinding the Heart
“Resurrecting Venus speaks to generations of women and unlocks the mystery of how to be feminine while remaining in your power. Cynthia takes you on a journey of personal transformation and an exploration of love, sisterhood, grace, and beauty. She embodies modern-day Venus and will connect you to your inner goddess. Read this book!” –Latham Thomas, Author of Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy
“Resurrecting Venus is a must read for any person, especially women who have been subjected to the denial and abuse of the feminine, including Mother Earth, and are now ready to fully grasp and actualize their true, divine nature. This book is wonderfully written and so very personal and practical.” –Dr. Terry Cole-Whittaker, Author of What You Think of Me is None of My Business
About the Author
Cynthia Occelli is a popular blogger and speaker who promotes the empowerment of women. She has studied wisdom teachings for nearly two decades and also has a law degree. Once a teen drop-out and welfare mom, Cynthia now runs a successful business and lives with her family in Bel Air, California.
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Finally, a book for woman that addresses the real concerns we face--of how to live in and through our feminine essence and still be powerful in the world. Confronting head-on what for years had seemed like an unresolvable dichotomy, author Cynthia Occelli opens our minds and hearts to the idea that we can be competent, functional, powerful people and still enjoy the juiciness of being feminine women. Covering issues such as dating, love, sex, motherhood, career, as well as our relationships toward one another and how we treat other women, Occelli suggests alternative ways of being to help us feel at home in our own selves and reclaim and celebrate our divine feminine nature.
I believe this book could transform the whole conversation around feminism and what it means to be a true feminist--one who embodies and promotes the feminine. I hope it does.
Resurrecting Venus is a book that speaks to the true heart and true nature of a woman. As I read it, I couldn't believe how the words felt like my own, speaking to me so deeply. I found myself reading parts of it to my fiance and both of us would say out loud 'YES!" in response.
Resurrecting Venus is a MUST read (for women AND men!) and Cynthia Occelli is a way-shower to any woman seeking the path back to WOMAN!
Cynthia Occelli's book begins with a warning that what follows would not appeal to all women. After struggling to get through this book, I determined in the end I was not her intended audience. She writes: "This book may not appeal to innately masculine women; it may even incense them."
I don't consider myself "innately masculine" but I've never been a girly-girl either. I am a big fan of women's memoir writing and self-help books, so after reading her warning, I decided to keep on. I found her life story interesting but the way she wrote irked me as it was all in a heavy handed almost overly dramatic tone, devoid of any lightness that may help a reader like myself want to plough through to the next chapter.
(It didn't help that my husband was reading "How to Be a Woman" in another room and constantly laughing out loud. Grrr).
Her point was made fairly early in the book that embracing the feminine can be empowering. I agree with that, but found her recurrent theme of "I made lots of mistakes but I'm enlightened now and this is how you should strive to live your life" got a little tiring. I guess I never found anything new in her book that I haven't already read elsewhere...or lived in my own life (yes, I made sure the father of my child could support us while I stayed home. Excellent advice I originally got from my own mother who married a man who struggled to support us and his gambling habit).
Cynthia rose from being a high-school drop-out and teen mom to becoming a successful real estate broker and law student. She never details how she was able to get into law school from those humble beginnings, and I wish she gave more backstory there. That would've made a unique read! Instead of writing platitudes like "Do what you love," and "Choose Peace," I would have like to have seen in more detail and in down-to-earth language how she got where she is today. I'm glad Cynthia is "following the light" in her heart and this book is proof of that.
I plan on gifting my copy of "Resurrecting Venus" to a young, pregnant, single-mom I know who is apparently vastly more feminine than I am. I know this book will give her gobs of guidance and I look forward to cracking open "How to Be a Woman" and giggling over Brazilians with Ms. Moran.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.