Titel: A God Who Looks Like Me
Verlag: Ballantine Books
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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"Our search for a God who looks like us begins in our own lives. She will be found there."
Childhood religious images of judgment, punishment, unworthiness and shame, of male saviors, messiahs, and Higher Powers pursue all women into adulthood. Many women realize they must leave behind the traditional concepts and images for a more authentic spirituality. Yet they find to their dismay that the male symbols of God are deeply rooted in their psyches, and difficult to transform. A God Who Looks Like Me shows how the patriarchal images of early experience have wounded women and still stand in the way of a self-defined spirituality.
In this book, the poignant personal memories of women of all ages and lifestyles are interwoven with the collective story of women buried in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Bible. Together, these women explore the lost glory of Eve, Lilith, and Mary--and of other forgotten figures who speak to our lives in a society that prefers men. They teach us to plumb the depths of our relationships with our mothers, our bodies, and ourselves; our sexuality and vulnerability; and our journey into old age. As they glimpse in themselves and in each other the feminine faces of God, they can begin to heal.
Each chapter is a rich tapestry of poetry, ritual, story, meditation, and history, a road map for anyone--alone or with a circle of women--in search of a woman-affirming spirituality that reclaims our lost power, autonomy, sexuality, wisdom, and divinity.
"A profound and evocative guide to the mysteries and manifestations of the feminine face of God. It speaks to the depths of our yearning and the palpable reality of daily life as spiritual experience.
--Jean Houston, Ph.D.
Director of the Foundation for Mind Research
Author of The Hero and the Goddess
Patricia Lynn Reilly is a unique woman with whom I have had the pleasure of meeting and working. Raised Roman Catholic, she became a Protestant Fundamentalist as a teenager after enduring a harsh childhood of abuse and stays in foster homes and orphanages. Later, after getting her undergraduate degree at a Christian college in Tennessee, she took a job as Director of Religious Education at her home church in New Jersey. God the Father reigned undisturbed in Reilly's psyche until she entered Princeton's prestigious Theological Seminary. One of her professors reminded Reilly that God was "spirit" and therefore could not be contained solely in the image of the Father. His suggestion that she experiment with alternate images of divine launched Reilly on a revolutionary journey toward the feminine face of God.
Since then Reilly has committed her life to helping women re-imagine the Divine. In A God Who Looks Like Me she challenges and redefines religion from a woman's perspective. Through her workshops across the United States, and her work as the co-director of the Circle of Life Women's Center in Northern California, Reilly has helped thousands of women from all religious backgrounds to sort through religious images, stories and dogmas to name their own gods.
I went to one of Patricia Lynn Reilly's mini-workshops at a Barnes & Noble in New York and she is truly inspiring. If you are a fan of women's studies and/or religion studies, you will want to read A God Who Looks Like Me.
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