The Woman Awake: Feminine Wisdom for Spiritual Life / Edition 1

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Embracing spiritual teachers from among an eclectic group of women, Ryan looks into both the past and present as she strives to portray ways in which women can awaken into a new life, enlightened and knowing the Divine Mother. Ryan explores the different paths that the Divine Mother uses to call forth such life in women: solitude and prayer, surrender, power, motherhood and compassion. She selects a variety of writings from different teacherse.g., Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Simone Weil, Hildegard of Bingento illustrate the number of paths available to those seeking to follow the path of the Divine Mother and become a "woman awake." Ryan also indicates the difficulties of taking this path to enlightenment: "A woman awake...a woman with a fierce and awesome commitment...is a fearsome confrontation of our mediocrity and casualness inspiration is a cheap substitute for life! If we want the goods, we're going to have to pay a price...that's why the path is hard." Ryan, a former Roman Catholic nun, is now a member of the Bauls of Bengal, India, an ecstatic sect of singers. (June)
Library Journal
Western spirituality fails to nourish many women and men in their search for the feminine face of God. Ryan, a theology and psychology professor, former Catholic nun, and author, sought beyond the confines of her own religious background to discover aspects of the Divine Feminine in every spiritual tradition she has studied. This book brings together a wealth of inspiration from the lives of women, past and present, such as Mary, the Mother of Jesus; Simone Weil; Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax; Mother Teresa; and Hindu poetess Mirabai, who exemplify the creative spirit of divine love and wisdom. Ryan brings a balanced perspective to her reflections, recognizing that both feminine and masculine elements must be nurtured fully to achieve spiritual wholeness. Women and men will find this exceptional book thought-provoking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780934252799
  • Publisher: Hohm Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 487
  • Sales rank: 1,445,183
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    Nothing Original or New

    A basic class on 'world religions' would have taught the reader more than what's included in this book. It is a six-second bits of information. It is a great sorrow that this is the type of book and writing to which our current population gravitates. Why spirituality for womwn only? Is a woman's spirituality different from a man's? Is there such a gender difference to spirituality? The great spiritual leaders so well quoted in this book have certainly disagreed. Their teachings are to humanity (not male vs female). This book is a waste of time and natural resources.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    I Wonder???

    You say that there are many ways to find that way... that spirituality, if you will. Have you not, then, fallen into the distinct mold of pluralism that society so readily pushes upon mankind? In an attempt to be mystic and different, have you not given in to the white washed, undefined nature of relativism??? What then defines man/womankind? What is the determining factor of the highest entity? My Great Teacher not only defines exitance, but gives a hope for life after death. He clearly states that there is but one way to a 'higher existance'. Ah...but that will unseemingly show to be too black and white for a pluralist. This way is a self-denying, helping, loving way. But how can we live such a life in a fallen body? A personal relationship needs to be established with the Holy One. A realization that 'I' have sinned and fallen short of that glory of God. This is a personal relationship with a personal God, that cares about you. He knows the very number of hairs on our head! He came...not as a great teacher, but as a sacrifice...the only thing that can purge us into a higher existance. He came to pay for our sins by dying a cruel death upon a cross so that we may live eternally, without blemish. In your quest of knowledge, you may find that through the shroud that has fallen upon your eyes you may see through to the simplicity of Salvation and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour!

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