Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise: Spirituality for the Bridget Jones in All of Us

Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise: Spirituality for the Bridget Jones in All of Us

by Donna Freitas
     
 

Martinis, men, and . . . monasteries?  Today’s young women are smart, educated, career-oriented, and maybe a little bit fashion-obsessed. So where does the spiritual life fit in? With InStyle magazine on one nightstand, and Julian of Norwich on the other, author Donna Freitas has her finger on the pulse of a new generation of women and understandsSee more details below

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Martinis, men, and . . . monasteries?  Today’s young women are smart, educated, career-oriented, and maybe a little bit fashion-obsessed. So where does the spiritual life fit in? With InStyle magazine on one nightstand, and Julian of Norwich on the other, author Donna Freitas has her finger on the pulse of a new generation of women and understands the spiritual issues that most concern them. Drawing on the stories of popular heroines such as Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise illustrates how our life choices can have a profoundly spiritual dimension—in the bedroom, the boardroom, the beach, and at Barney’s. Freitas combines wisdom from a variety of spiritual traditions and with a generous dash of humor, giving modern women a new model for the spiritual journey.

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For the increasing base of 20- and 30-somethings (particularly of the single variety) who have forged their circle of friends into substitute families, created social events of television series finales and count fictional characters among their role models, here is the perfect book on spirituality. Donna Freitas, a professor of spirituality, has, like an increasing number of the new crop of Ph.D.s, found a way to legitimize our pervasive pop culture. For years, Madonna has been the subject of college classes and the Simpsons have had a recent spate of publishing attention—why not Bridget? Freitas’s impressive collection of resources includes everyone from St. Augustine (Confessions) to Dorothee Soelle (Thinking About God), Grace Jantzen (Becoming Divine) to Peter Brown (The Body and Society). Directed at a generation of women born of women who marched in the streets in a desperate escape from their June Cleaveresque mothers, she emphasizes that the "challenge today is to anchor our personal journeys toward Inner Poise within the communities that already surround us, exploring the spiritual possibility in the rituals we already practice and the spiritual leaders we already are." Throughout, Freitas delights with her Bridget-inspired voice (the Bridget-speak is fun, but over the top) while seamlessly showing her prowess as a student and teacher of spirituality. (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2004)
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For the increasing base of 20- and 30-somethings (particularly of the single variety) who have forged their circle of friends into substitute families, created social events of television series finales and count fictional characters among their role models, here is the perfect book on spirituality. Donna Freitas, a professor of spirituality, has, like an increasing number of the new crop of Ph.D.s, found a way to legitimize our pervasive pop culture. For years, Madonna has been the subject of college classes and the Simpsons have had a recent spate of publishing attention-why not Bridget? Freitas's impressive collection of resources includes everyone from St. Augustine (Confessions) to Dorothee Soelle (Thinking About God), Grace Jantzen (Becoming Divine) to Peter Brown (The Body and Society). Directed at a generation of women born of women who marched in the streets in a desperate escape from their June Cleaveresque mothers, she emphasizes that the "challenge today is to anchor our personal journeys toward Inner Poise within the communities that already surround us, exploring the spiritual possibility in the rituals we already practice and the spiritual leaders we already are." Throughout, Freitas delights with her Bridget-inspired voice (the Bridget-speak is fun, but over the top) while seamlessly showing her prowess as a student and teacher of spirituality. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787976286
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/04/2004
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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“With interesting insights and an engaging voice that draws readers in, Donna Freitas entertains at every turn.  I laughed as I learned.”
—Kristin Gore, author, Sammy’s Hill: A Novel

“Spiritual enlightenment by embracing your inner Bridget?  Donna Freitas made a believer out of me!”
—Meg Cabot, author, The Princess Diaries and Every Boy’s Got One

“Donna Freitas validates the modern woman’s quest for spirituality and a joie de vivre lifestyle.  Find spiritual awakening and balance in the love of fashion, food, nature, and chocolat—without the guilt!”
—Katrina Markoff, founder and executive chef, Vosges Chocolates

“Bridget Jones has soul! If you love Chick Lit but worry that this means you’re shallow, fear no more.  Donna Freitas makes easily missed connections between the Chick Lit heroines’ quests for happiness and spirituality.”
—Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, coauthors , Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

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