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Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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—JACK KORNFIELD, author of A Path with Heart
About the Author
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition). In addition to her international bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés is a managing editor and columnist writing on politics, spirituality, and culture at the newsblog TheModerateVoice.com, and she is a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter online.
Top Customer Reviews
So...Instead it makes more sense to me to speak about what happens when one meets the book, encounters the author's voice, and through her enters the presence of the Strong Woman she so passionately introduces now to the rest of the world. Regardless of our faith or lack thereof, our gender, our culture, or our political creed.
I started to preorder this weeks ago out of curiousity, but largely skeptical. Discussion of the mother archetype and such religious themes carries echos of familiarity from either my upbringing or academic past. Some have been decidedly not pleasant. And for the most part I would say I'm not very comfortable "believing" in them -- particularly if I sense persuasive efforts to press me into cooperation with a view held by one particular organized or institutionalized version. My preferred entrance into the spiritual, sacred, or holy is more easily recognized in the nonverbal world of nature. Nonetheless, I have greatly enjoyed and benefited from several other works from Dr. Estes. These convinced me that her newest book, UnTie the Strong Woman, might be quite different than my expectations. Indeed, it is not like any other book I have ever encountered.
In brief, because there is so much for each person to individually discover on their own, and not wishing to spoil any secrets I will just say that I was awe-struck by the following:
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It is not an easy book to read, mind you, but that has less to do with the book (I suspect) and more to do with what the author might call "the overculture" in which we swim, the shaped expectations for immediate access or sound-bites imprinted into readers today. Untie the Strong Woman is an important text to receive, in the end. It is one that will take me years to read well, which I do commit to completing/receiving. I'll share here only a couple `two-cents' worth of what I mean, or why.
Untie the Strong Woman is classic Estés: story-formed teachings, poetry, blessings, all interwoven with decades of Jungian-flavored insights into the human condition in its beauty and difficulty. Devotees of her and her work will find nourishment they've hoped for, perhaps even come to expect, with a clear sense of the sound of her voice in their ears. I wonder if some will be surprised, however. The text shows a strongly steeped Catholic voice, though not in any staid-traditional sense.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every year there's a book that absolutely changes my life and this year, this was it!Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Estes does it again with an incredible book since reading "women who run with the wolves". I highly recommend this book for all women as it is so affirming of strength and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Periphery
I'm a couple chapters in . As always, Clarissas work is inspiringPublished 3 months ago by Earthmama
I very much love this book. I am so deeply grateful for all the works of warm, beautiful mother Dr. C.P. Estes. Thank you forever.Published 4 months ago by victorialena
This is a very special book. I got this for my wife and she is still thanking me for thisPublished 6 months ago by Craig
I'm really enjoying this fascinating book. Reading it for me is a spiritual experience. Not religious in the rigid way, but spiritual. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dayle Gwynn
PERFECT CONDITION ***AND**** COVERED WITH LIBRARY CELLOPHANE WRAP SO THE PAPER COVER WILL LAST AND LAST!!!Published 7 months ago by ig