Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul

Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul

by Jalaja Bonheim
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bonheim claims to be karmically linked to a lineage of ancient Hindu sexual priestesses, and she offers a four-page invocation to Aphrodite as part of her introduction, but even readers skeptical of the New Age should appreciate her presentation of accounts by 30 mature women about their sexual experiences. From the first chapter, in which a Mormon-born woman, a survivor of a rigid, patriarchal marriage, describes life at 59 with a new partner and lovemaking as a sacred ritual, Bonheim (The Serpent and the Wave) proves herself a gifted commentator. She gracefully interweaves informal psychological analysis and testimony culled from workshops into her interviews with single, married, heterosexual, bisexual and lesbian women. Many of these women have suffered from abuse, addiction or terrible relationships, and, while the narratives explore and celebrate sensuality, they also discuss sexual obsession, rage and betrayal. Yet their stories are not only compelling but upbeat and uplifting, and are free of gratuitous male-bashing. The ability to tap into the power of Aphrodite, as Bonheim and these women demonstrate, depends upon the daring to meld spirituality and eros. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684830803
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
06/04/1997
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
871,697
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D. (www.jalajabonheim.com) is an inspiring teacher, public speaker, counselor, author and circle leader. Fresh, clear, and compassionate, her message is heart-centered and hopeful yet also down-to-earth and practical.

Raised in Austria and Germany, Jalaja studied classical temple dance in India before coming to the United States in 1982. She is the author of four books, which were inspired by her passion for integrating sexuality and spirituality, empowering women, and celebrating the feminine spirit.

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