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Womankind: Connection and Wisdom around the World

Womankind: Connection and Wisdom around the World

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by Nancy Leigh Harless
Crouch over an open fire near the Guatemalan border while Cecelia teaches the significance of making the small tortilla. Sit under a cashew tree in Belize on a quiet rainforest afternoon and answer the young Mayan mothers' question: 'How can we make no more babies come?' Hold Ermine in your arms in a courtyard amid the children and the chickens and weep with her

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Womankind: Connection and Wisdom around the World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very inspiring story of a strong, caring and courageous Woman 'Nancy' stepping out of her 'comfort zone' to reach out to woman of other cultures and just be there. It reassures the existence of the 'sisterhood' of women worldwide, something we all crave. The layout of the book keeps it interesting and fun to read. The stories of each of the women are unique but also in a way the same! The author has given a precious gift with her words, telling her true adventures of nursing and teaching in war torn and third world countries. I recommend Womankind Connection to all women, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and best friends alike.
Karen_Buley More than 1 year ago
In Womankind, Nancy Leigh Harless is both teacher and student. She teaches women in Belize how they can "make no more babies." In Guatemala, she learns to dance the Macarena after being taught, "We are Americans too. Central Americans." She reviews emergency childbirth with fellow passengers in Kosovo as their van transports a laboring woman down a mountainous road. And in Belize, she learns the importance of making the small tortilla. As author Harless poignantly shares her experiences of visiting and living in countries around the world, we feel what she felt, "...an abundance of spirit, of wisdom, and of connection with these very women--ordinary women who live with extraordinary grace." Womankind is a heartwarming collection of stories that affirms the power of one.
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AliceJ More than 1 year ago
It comes as no surprise, women have always needed each other. When my son Daniel died and my husband left our family, it was the women in my life who held me close and let me know I would survive. Womankind is
a celebration of life--regardless of what we have or do not have.

Like Nancy Harless, I have lived in third world countries and found that the bonds women hold are valuable and withstand all that life flings. Nancy has let us in on the lives of many special women and we are richer because of her skill at sharing that feminine spirit with us.

~ Alice J. Wisler, author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Slices of Sunlight, and Down the Cereal Aisle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I often wonder as I am watching scenes on television of unbelievable suffering spawned by wars, poverty and natural disasters how the people who come to aid to those in desperate need manage. Not having the charity in my soul of the self-sacrificing saints I see administering to the sick, and wounded around the world it is hard for me to understand. I wonder what enables those from an essentially safe haven like the United State to help those abroad without any concerns about their own safety. Nancy Leigh Harless has answered that question for me. In all of the stories in her well-written, fun easy to read collection Womankind she shares the powerful emotional connection she received with other women while she served as a nurse in underdeveloped Belize and war- torn Kosovo. My favorite story is about a woman of the upper class in Belize encapsulated in the confines of machismo expressing herself in a riveting, erotic dancer before other women. This seemed to me a very strong statement about the universal sensuality of all women. The fact that women all over the world beg Nancy for ¿no more children¿ re-enforced my belief that birth control was the single most liberating factor in my own life. But, her experience with her friend who declares herself a minimalist on a sailing trip along the coast of Panama was the story I identified with the most. I am an adventure travel writer. My stories speak about finding balance and harmony with self, and therefore society, through nature. Critics tell me I am too absorbed with capturing a sense of place and do not have enough human interaction between myself and native cultures in my stories. I have a lot to learn from Nancy about the landscape of the human heart and why people go to strange places extending a helping hand to those in need. The payback is not just the glad faces of children able to laugh again it is a process that re-instates your own humanity. Linda Ballou Travel writer, photographer and Author of Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii-Her Epic Journey
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book about so many strong women. It describes so well many war torn and poverty stricken areas, and the women who overcame the living conditions there. The author delineates how she and others 'mostly women, but there were some men also' tried to teach and assist women with family planning and infant care in some areas of the world where these ideas aren't always popular. I like the layout of many short stories opposed to one large book, which in this day and age most of us don't have the time to read. If you like stories about women overcoming opposition, I believe that you should definitely give this a read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is poorly written. Obviously there was not an editor to read and correct the grammar or punctuation. I would guess that this book was self published.