A Woman's Worth

A Woman's Worth

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by Marianne Williamson
     
 

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With A WOMAN'S WORTH, Marianne Williamson turns her charismatic voice—and the same empowering, spiritually enlightening wisdom that energized her landmark work, A RETURN TO LOVE— to exploring the crucial role of women in the world today. Drawing deeply and candidly on her own experiences, the author illuminates her thought-provoking positions on such

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With A WOMAN'S WORTH, Marianne Williamson turns her charismatic voice—and the same empowering, spiritually enlightening wisdom that energized her landmark work, A RETURN TO LOVE— to exploring the crucial role of women in the world today. Drawing deeply and candidly on her own experiences, the author illuminates her thought-provoking positions on such issues as beauty and age, relationships and sex, children and careers, and the reassurance and reassertion of the feminine in a patriarchal society. Cutting across class, race, religion, and gender, A WOMAN'S WORTH speaks powerfully and persuasively to a generation in need of healing, and in search of harmony.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Williamson ( A Return to Love ) here tells women that they are goddesses with cosmic functions. A weakness: she often lets women hear what they want to hear--how ``special'' they are, how beautiful, how close to nature. When she draws from her own experience, Williamson gives sound, empowering advice on relationships, work, love, sex and childrearing. Still, her soft focus on the so-called feminine virtues, including that of assuming the submissive role during sex, often seems reactionary and contradictory, as when she argues that women were meant to be passive, but later claims that woman should assert their power. This mix of the mystical, the modern (Williamson says one of her old boyfriends left her for a ``bimbo'') and the Christian could be called visionary--but the combination doesn't always make sense, as in this statement: ``Our Kingdom is our life and our life is our Kingdom. And we are all meant to rule from a glorious place.'' Author tour. (May)
Library Journal
This is essentially a feel-good book, meant to inspire and empower women to take control over their lives and help return the world to the feminine qualities from which it has strayed. As in Williamson's best-selling first book, A Return to Love ( LJ 1/92), love is the key. Although Williamson's messsage is admirable--who among us is against the prospect of a world order based on love and understanding with an end to all that is antithetical?--many readers will be put off by the means she posits to that end. Most women do not think in terms of growth from girl to princess to queen to goddess. In addition, her assumption that all women intuitively know what is right is at best optimistic. This work could serve as a starting point for those who have difficulty approaching the concept of feminism. The success of Williamson's first book indicates New Age enthusiasts will be attracted here; aticipate demand where the first was popular. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/93.-- Kathleen L. Atwood, Pomfret Sch. Lib., Ct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345386571
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
104,144
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.42(d)

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A Woman's Worth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Flowerlily1 More than 1 year ago
A Woman's Worth is a book about insight into a woman's role in the world. I enjoyed this book because it is about women but is not a feminist book. It touches on relationships, gender and spirituality without imposing a particular way of thinking or belief for any of this areas. I felt it provides the opportunity to understand and choose how to accomplish spiritually and successful relationships with everyone and everything. When I read a book, (specially self-help)I am aware that it is written by a person. It is based on the author's perceptions and experiences therefore, I do not expect to agree with everything they have to say. However, I still found it extremely useful in understanding and clarifying many misconceptions I and the world have about women and femininity. I've discovered a new way of looking at myself and women in general, with more gentleness and understanding. It provides women with guidance back to their true essence. Originally I read this book in hard cover form and gave that copy away to someone after I'd finished. Because I like returning/rereading books, I purchased the audio format the second time around. I find it very convenient.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every Mother should share this book with your daughter. The author empowers women by letting them know 'just by being born a woman' we have what it takes to touch lives, heal and live a purposeful life! This book should be a textbook for high school girls!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most empowering women's books I have ever read. 'The woman that is truly self aware knows that her self is a light from beyond this world...' This book will help you find your internal power and will help raise your self-esteem on a very deep level. I have highlighted more lines in this book than any other. If you are feeling stuck or just need a boost in life, this is a great book to read.
BrianGriffith More than 1 year ago
Williamson goes far deeper and wider than psychological self help normally can. In dealing with our self-image problems, she walks through mental walls between personal, social, spiritual and worldly concerns. She shows how the big picture of our significance looks from her open-hearted view. For Williamson, love and marriage are not just necessary "conventions of the world"; they are schools of the soul: "... that is why we learn to love: to care so completely for one other person that our hearts break open wide and we learn to love them all". (p. 99) The expansion of context brings a flood of light, more uplifting than any exhortation to positive thinking. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
SFVrose More than 1 year ago
At times while reading this book I felt as though I had been transported to a place so deep and so inspiring and so loving it felt as though I was floating. The room and surroundings completely disappeared into the background and it was just me and Marianne. It was a place I have rarely been but it's the place I want to l-i-v-e whatever is left of my life. And living and loving you will learn by gentle, encouragement and sublime, angelic inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I owned a school, this book would be required reading for all female students. Get it for yourself and for every girl and woman you know, especially if they're in an unhappy situation. I have given many copies of this as gifts, and it is always appreciated. It's amazing how a woman who knows her own power can deal with any situation she finds herself in, whether it involves changing her circumstances or finding the courage and wherewithal to move away from then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This work is so affirming - if you doubt yourself, read this book and let her encouragement help! I heartily recommend this book to all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be required reading for young women across the world. It empowers you to see what our purpose is and how to value ourselves and still be strong women. I can hardly put it down.
Nelly-Angelou More than 1 year ago
It's Marianne Williamson, what more can I say? The name speaks for itself! Encouraging, empowering, and inspirational. Period.
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This book is perfect for someone who is curious about buhdism but does not know where to begin. I have found many useful guided meditations in this book and I can't wait to share it with others