Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul

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There is a promise Holy Mother makes to us," proclaims Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, "that any soul needing comfort, vision, or strength can cry out to her, and Blessed Mother will immediately arrive with veils flying. She will place us under her mantle for refuge, and give us the warmth of her most compassionate touch, and strong guidance about how to go by the soul's lights." Untie the Strong Woman is Dr. Estés invitation to come together under the shelter of The Mother-whether she appears to us as the Madonna, ...
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Overview

There is a promise Holy Mother makes to us," proclaims Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, "that any soul needing comfort, vision, or strength can cry out to her, and Blessed Mother will immediately arrive with veils flying. She will place us under her mantle for refuge, and give us the warmth of her most compassionate touch, and strong guidance about how to go by the soul's lights." Untie the Strong Woman is Dr. Estés invitation to come together under the shelter of The Mother-whether she appears to us as the Madonna, Our Lady of Guadalupe, or any one of her countless incarnations. This unforgettable collection of stories, prayers, and blessings includes:
."The Drunkard and the Lady"-a story of unexpected miracles that arise from the mud and soil
."Guadalupe is a Girl Gang Leader in Heaven"-a poem of resistance and hope
."The Shirt of Arrows"-a love that is invincible no matter how many times we are wounded
."The Black Madonna"-she who stands at the juncture between two worlds and protects us as we enter the dark places

Why does the face of Our Lady appear in the most humble and unexpected places? Why does she burst forth into every culture no matter how hard authority tries to suppress her? It is because no bonds can prevent her from returning to those who need her most. With Untie the Strong Woman, Dr. Estés invites you to encounter the force of Immaculate Love-"So that your memory of Her is renewed, or that the knowledge of her miraculous, fierce, enduring ways is drawn into your heart for the very first time."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the first work by poet and psychoanalyst Estés (Women Who Run with Wolves) in a decade, this brilliant treatment is much larger than the sum of its parts. Estés’s understanding of Our Holy Lady (“she wears a thousand names”) is disturbing and enlightening; she presents a figure who reflects and elevates the essential and inherent qualities of humanity. Through sacred traditions, personal stories, prayers, and images, Estés makes visible the ancient and modern fiercely loving force of the Divine feminine—the Compassionate Mother. “The ultimate Mother Who Gave Birth to Love... bends to tend to the needful soul,” Estés writes. Like the traditional prayer Memorare, through the technology of mind and heart, this book calls readers to awaken with full consciousness “to Her within us: acting like, thinking like, loving like the Holy Mother does.” (Nov.)
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"Like warm bread from the oven, these words are mother's loving touch, they are her fierce cry to find every child lost in the wild storms, they are ancient grandmothers' fearless cloak for each vulnerable human. Read this marvelous book and let the Strong Woman ennoble, transport, protect, inspire, and embrace you and bring you home."

- JACK KORNFIELD
Author of A Path with Heart

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604076356
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 866,532
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition). She is the author of the bestselling book Women Who Run With the Wolves and the multi-volume audio series The Dangerous Old Woman.
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