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A Handbook of Wisdom, Psychological Perspectives. Ed. RobertJ.Sternberg and JenniferJordan.  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 2005

A Handbook of Wisdom explores wisdom's promise for helping scholars and lay people to understand the apex of human thought and behavior. At a time when poor choices are being made by notably intelligent and powerful individuals, this book presents analysis and review on a form of reasoning and decision making that is not only productive and prudent but also serves a beneficial purpose for society.

Accept This Gift, Selections From a Course in Miracles. Ed. Frances Vaughan and Roger Walsh. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1983.

This book contains selections form A Course In Miracles, which deals with the major personal issues confronting the human heart and mind: understanding anger and pain, learning forgiveness, giving and accepting love, and attaining a true and lasting peace of mind. This book brings together some of the most evocative, thought-provoking, and spiritually nourishing selections available from this source.


Allen, Paula Gunn. Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman's Sourcebook. Boston: Beacon Press. 1991.
These 21 mythic tales constitute a well-structured feminist guidebook to spiritual realms. The stories show how the disciplines of the medicine woman are open to all women.


Anderson, Sherry Ruth and Patricia Hopkins. The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women. New York: Bantam Books.1991.
For many contemporary women, the old patriarchal models of religion are no longer relevant, forming a need to look beyond the male-oriented past to a wider, more fulfilling spiritual horizon.


Arrien, Angeles. The Second Half of Life, Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Inc. 2005.
Working with images, poetry, metaphors, and other forms of symbolic language from diverse world cultures, Dr. Arrien introduces us to the Eight Gates of Initiation.  She takes you step-by-step through each gate to deepen your most valuable relationships, reclaim your untended creative talents, and shift your focus from ambition to meaning to grow into the exceptional elder you've always imagined you would one day become.


Bach, David. Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams. 2nd ed. New York: Broadway Books, 1999.
Bach's program gives women the tools for spending wisely, establishing security and aligning money with values.


Bailey, Brooke. The Remarkable Lives of 100 Women Healers and Scientists. Holbrook, MA: Bob Adams, Inc. 1994.

Each of the 100 profiles in this book tells the inspiring story of a trailblazer who set a new standard of excellence in her field.  These women, and their stories of ambition, intellect, adversity, and triumph, are guaranteed to inspire and delight.


Baldwin, Christina. Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture. New York: Bantam Books. 1998.

The original small-press edition of Calling the Circle has become one of the key resources for the rapidly-growing "circle" movement. This newly revised edition brings Christina Baldwin's groundbreaking work to an even broader audience ranging from women's spirituality groups to corporate development teams.


Blades, Joan and Rowe-Finkbeiner, Kristin. The Motherhood Manifesto, What America's Moms Want-and What To Do About It. New York, NY: Nation Books. 2006.

Motherhood Manifesto shares the heartfelt stories of mothers in America who dream of jobs with flexibility and benefits, mothers who cant afford their children's health and childcare expenses, mothers who are time and time again penalized for raising a new generation. This book also celebrates the successes of companies that have discovered the value of good family policies, families who are making it work, model childcare programs and legislation that supports families.


Bolen, Jean Shinoda. Crones Don't Whine, Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women. Boston, MA: Conari Press. 2003.

In this book Bolen's playful sense of humor and keen insight combine to offer women thirteen qualities to cultivate and realize their potential and their value. Engage in these small practices and you're bound to be a happier person who's doing her bit to make the world a better place.


Bolen, Jean Shinoda. Urgent Message from Mother, Gather the Women, Save the World. Boston, MA: Conari Press. 2005.

Jean combines visionary thinking in this book with practical how-to, creating an eloquent call to action for women of all ages to save our planet, our society, our economy, our family structures, and ourselves.


Borysenko, Joan, Ph.D. A Woman's Book of Life: The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle. New York: Riverhead Books. 1996.

Teaches women how to align with the physical changes that occur at every stage of life in order to maximize health and well-being. In the growth of early childhood, hormonal ups and downs, the possibility of childbearing, and growing older are powerful keys to unlocking a woman's potential.   Traces the compelling biopsychospiritual reality of the move into authentic power at midlife.


Borysenko, Joan. Ph.D. A Woman's Journey to God. New York: Riverhead Books. 1999.  God as a jealous, punitive white Anglo-Saxon male with a long beard and a longer arm lacks appeal for many contemporary women," writes Joan Borysenko. In an attempt to address and mend the rift between women's experience of God and how God is presented through male-dominated religions, Borysenko offers this book of feminine exploration. Initially, Borysenko speaks to healing one's relationship with a seemingly judgmental or exclusive God. She then moves beyond how religion may or may not have failed individual women, into how the feminine collective tends to know and touch God.  Not surprisingly, Borysenko speaks to women's intuition and creativity as surefire lifelines to God. Women rely on relationships as a means to spiritual growth, explains Borysenko, whether it be with lovers, friends, or children.


Brandeis, Gayle. FruitFlesh: seeds of inspiration for women who write. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins. 2004.

Gayle offers a sumptuous, sensuous writing guide that will add depth, surprise, and delight to your writing.  She shows us how to write sense-soaked prose and poetry that celebrates the embodiment of the life.


Brizendine, Louann. The Female Brain. New York: Morgan Road Books. 2006.

In this book Louann brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think, what they value, and how they communicate and whom they'll love.


Brunn, Emilie Zum and Georgette Epiney-Burgard. Women Mystics in Medieval Europe. New York: Paragon House. 1989.

The lost story of feminine Christianity is here enriched for the first time by the historical context of each (five powerful female mystics) woman's life and her fresh literary expression of spiritual reality.


Coelho, Paulo. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. Brazil: Editora Rocca Ltd. 1994.

This is a story about a journey symbolizing the route towards self-discovery. However, it could more easily be described as a story of love, as it strives to show that "true love is an act of total surrender". At a deeper level, Coelho also gives the message that as there are no rules when it comes to love, there are no rules when it comes to worshiping God: "to love is to be in communion with the other, and to discover in that other the spark of God".


Crocker-White, Daphne. Skylark Poetry. Sarasota, Florida: Robert B. Abel. 2000.

This is a book of poetry that is imaginative, perceptive and at its bedrock, illuminating.  Daphne translates her complex life into meaningful images and stanzas which at times are almost mystical, yet we are always brought back to the saw-tooth reality of her world.


Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. The Mistress of Spices. New York: Anchor Books. 1997.

The Mistress of Spices is unique in that it is written with a blend of prose and poetry. The book has a very mystical quality to it, and, as Divakaruni puts it, "I wrote in a spirit of play, collapsing the divisions between the realistic world of twentieth century America and the timeless one of myth and magic in my attempt to create a modern fable."


Duerk, Judith. Circle of Stones: Woman's Journey to Herself. (Tenth Anniversary Edition). Philadelphia: Innesfree Press, Inc. 1999.

This is the tenth anniversary edition of the classic best seller for women seeking their sacred connections. Long ago before the patriarchal period, in many places on Earth, the Goddess was worshipped. Circle of Stones draws us into a meditative experience of the lost Feminine and creates a space for us to consider our present lives from the eyes of women's ancient culture and ritual. Incorporating the most ancient symbol of spirituality - the circle of stones. Duerk weaves stories, dreams, and visions of women to lead each reader into a personal yet archetypal journey, posing the reflective question, "How might your life have been different if . . . ?"


Eisler, Riane. The Power Of Partnership: Seven Relationships That Will Change Your Life. Novato: New World Library. 2002.

"In the partnership model, you find a democratic and egalitarian social structure . . . You also find beliefs about human nature that support empathic and mutually respectful relations.  And you see that qualities denigrated as "feminine" in the domination model, such as caring and nonviolence, are valued in men and men, and guide social policy."


Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership Ed. Lin Coughlin. Jossey-Bass, Inc. 2005.

Each of the 40 essays in this collection offers a unique take on the challenges women face as they emerge into positions of power. Created to disseminate the type of knowledge shared annually at the Women in Leadership Summit, the collection presents sophisticated advice on how to make such transitions work, not just for individuals, but for society. (Publisher's Weekly)


Ensler, Eve. The Vagina Monologues. United States: Villard Books. 2001.

The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery.  Hailed as a bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement-V-Day-to stop violence against women.


Erikson, Joan M. Wisdom and the Senses: The Way of Creativity. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. 1991.

Joan Erikson explores the physical senses at every stage of psychological growth from birth to old age, finding parallels between the creation of art as we usually define it and the creation of self - the most artful act of all.  The work of artists, as much as the words and ideas of Joan Erikson, takes us on a journey of understanding that leads to the meaning of wisdom.


Estes, Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run With the Wolves, Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. New York: Ballantine Books. 1992.

Clarissa shows in this book, using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from over twenty years of research, how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious.


Flinders, Carol Lee. At the Root of This Longing: Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.1998.

Many feminists have been skeptical about traditional spirituality, and their mistrust has not been entirely unfounded. The forms of self-sacrifice often required by the spiritual life--including silence and suppression of desire--are conditions that have been imposed on women for centuries. But, as Carol Lee Flinders makes clear, spirituality and feminism do not have to be diametrically opposed. Drawing on Western and Eastern spiritual traditions, Flinders traces her own developing awareness of the "mutual necessity" of the two disciplines and makes provocative suggestions about the potential of a feminist movement guided by spiritual principles. ( review)


Ford-Grabowsky, Mary. Sacred Voices: Essential Women's Wisdom Through The Ages. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco. 2002.
The idea for assembling this outstanding anthology of Sacred Voices came to editor Mary Ford-Grabowsky while she was packing up her possessions for a move to a new household. Sorting through her stack of spiritually inspirational quotes written on Post-It notes, it suddenly occurred to her that almost all of the quotes were by men. "How could I have ignored the sacred wisdom of my own sex?" she asks. The answer, of course, is that it was an easy oversight considering the historical credence given to the masculine perspective of the divine over the earthier, fleshy, relationship-centered perspective of the feminine. Thus began Ford-Grabowsky's quest to assemble an anthology of women's spiritual writing. "I had expected the spiritual beauty and tenderness, the love and quiet wisdom, but not the towering, tested, truly holy strength," writes Ford-Grabowsky, who took five years to gather this powerful collection.


Fox, Matthew. Meditations with Meister Eckhart. New Mexico: Bear and Company, Inc. 1982.

      This book of simple meditations exemplifies the creation-centered spirituality of Meister Eckhart, a 13th-century mystic, prophet, feminist, and declared heretic.


Fredriksson, Marianne. According to Mary Magdalene. Sweden: Wahlstom and Widstrand. 1997.

     Long after the death of Christ, Mary Magdalene is married to the much older Greek silk merchant Leonidas. When Peter comes to preach in Antioch, she goes to listen, and he persaudes her to write down her story of her life with Jesus and all that she witnessed.


Frenier, Carol R. Business and the Feminine Principle: The Untapped Resource. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann. 1997.
Written by a business entrepreneur and long-time student of Jungian psychology, this book describes in lay persons' language the essence of the archetypal feminine and its potential for business.  This book is not another treatise on how to get more women into positions of power; neither is it one more critique of what is wrong with masculine perceptions and behavior.  Instead, it offers a new respect for the feminine side of everyone's nature, and it explores what it could mean for business if we gave the feminine principle the same kind of attention and support in the workplace that we give to masculine consciousness.


Gadon, Elinor W. The Once and Future Goddess. San Francisco: Harper

and Row. 1989.

Elinor put together a sweeping visual chronicle of the sacred female and her re-emergence in the cultural mythology of our time.


Galland, China. Longing For Darkness, Tara and the Black Madonna. New York, NY: Penguin Group. 1991.

     With this book, China Galland brought increased attention to the spiritual traditions of the Black Madonna and other cross-cultural expressions of the feminine divine. The popularity of recent works by authors like Sue Monk Kidd and Kathleen Norris have only increased readers' fascination. Now with a new introduction by the author, Longing for Darkness explores Galland's spellbinding and deeply personal journey from New Mexico through Nepal, India, Switzerland, France, the former Yugoslavia, and Poland-places where such figures as Tara, the female Buddha of the Tibetan tradition, and the Black Madonna are venerated today.


Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence, Why it can matter more than IQ. New York, NY: Bantam Books. 1995.

Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds"-the rational and the emotional-and how they together shape our destiny. Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.


Gyger, Pia. That We May Join Earth and Heaven. Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward. 1996.

     Pia Gyger rolls out a new and integrated theology and practice of Christian living that is both personal and global.  Gyger turns the theory of living the evangelical counsels in a breakthrough way into reality for Christians in quest of a new, creative, and inclusive holiness.\


Hart, Hilary. The Unknown She, Eight Faces of an Emerging Consciousness.  Inverness, CA: The Golden Sufi Center. 2003.

     Hilary offers in this book a startling new look at women's unique mystical orientation and its place in the evolution of our universal consciousness. 


Hatcher, John S. and Hemmat, Amrollah. The Poetry of Tahirih. Kidlington, Oxford: George Ronald. 2002.

     Tahirih was a 19th-century Iranian woman who overcame the restrictions of her birth to become one of the most outstanding figures of her time. Her poetry, here skillfully translated and fully annotated, reflects her passion, devotion and depth of knowledge.


Helgesen, Sally. The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership. New York: Currency/Doubleday. Paperback edition includes User Guide.1995.
This book begins and ends with a dense, but highly articulate, account of how women's psychological, social and communication skills help them succeed as leaders in complex organizations.


Helgesen, Sally. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations. New York: Currency/Doubleday. 1995.
Helgesen takes a quantum leap forward (from The Female Advantage) presenting a broad, revolutionary approach to management for the postindustrial economy.  The web of inclusion is natural, organic, not modeled on a machine. It is both a structure and an ever-evolving process, constantly changing to meet the demands of the business environment.


Henderson, Hazel. Ethical Markets, Growing the Green Economy. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company. 2006.

     Long ignored and minimized by the mainstream media, visionary entrepreneurs, environmentalists, scientists, and professionals have been creating a profitable new economy that lives in harmony with the earth and social well-being.  With insight, clarity, warmth, and enthusiasm, Ethical Markets takes an inside look at the green economy that already exists and is growing by leaps and bounds.


Hunt, Swanee. This Was Not Our War, Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace.  China: Duke University Press. 2004.

     This Was Not Our War shares first-person accounts of twenty-six Bosnian women who are reconstructing their society following years of devastating warfare. They are from all parts of Bosnia and represent the full range of ethnic traditions and mixed heritages. Their ages spread across sixty years, and their wealth ranges from expensive jewels to a few chickens.Their courage and fortitude are inspirational. Their wisdom-along with the insights Hunt has garnered through her work with women leaders in conflicts around the world-is instructive for anyone who cares about stopping deadly conflict.


Ideals of Feminine Beauty: Philosophical, Social, and Cultural Dimensions. Karen A. Callaghan (Editor) Greenwood Press. 1994.
Few books in this field focus solely on beauty ideals, and this volume is unique in terms of its scholarly, interdisciplinary approach. The eleven chapters offer readers a comprehensive analysis of beauty and patriarchy. They reflect a variety of approaches to the study of feminine beauty, including philosophical, historical, sociological, cross-cultural, and empirical. Feminine beauty is discussed as a means of patriarchal, social control, which shapes the socio-cultural, political context as well as the everyday lives of women.


Kai, Irene. What Do You See? Ashland, OR: Silver Light Publications. 2006.

     This is a book of photography that contains images to challenge the reader's assumptions and judgments. It serves as a mirror for the readers to look deeper into themselves. With beautiful, provocative, and sometimes erotic images of the human body, What Do You See? asks this question: Do you have the courage to see the truth? This beautifully designed book showcases 17 of Kai's thoughtful and inspiring black and white photos, as well as text from four spiritual traditions to encourage self-reflection and abandoning presumptions, and challenge the reader's personal biases.


Kehl, Richard. The Feminine. Seattle: Darling and Company. 2003.

     This work is an essay composed of almost entirely of pictures.  One enters a special world, a world in which meaning is revealed by the interplay of images.  This book will bring about a new awareness of the feminine spirit that is in all of us.


Kidd, Sue Monk. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine. San Francisco: Harper Collins.
Kidd opens the door for traditional Christian women (and others) to discover a spirituality that speaks directly to them and provides inspiring wisdom for all who struggle to embrace their full humanity. "We want to trust a Feminine Source of wisdom. We long for the whole, empowered woman who wants to be born in us."


Kidder, Tracey. Mountains Beyond Mountains, The quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. Canada: Random House, Inc. 2003.

     Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World is a non-fiction, biographical work by American writer Tracy Kidder. The story traces the life of noted physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer.


King, Karen L. The Gospel of Mary of Magdala, Jesus and the First Woman Apostle. Santa Rosa, CA: Polebridge Press. 2003.

     Lost for more than fifteen hundred years, the Gospel of Mary is the only existing early Christian gospel written in the name of a woman. Karen L. King tells the story of the recovery of this remarkable gospel and offers a new translation. This brief narrative presents a radical interpretation of Jesus' teachings as a path to inner spiritual knowledge. It rejects his suffering and death as a path to eternal life and exposes the view that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute for what it is - a piece of theological fiction. The Gospel of May of Magdala offers a fascinating glimpse into the conflicts and controversies that shaped earliest Christianity.


Kiviat, Katherine and Heidler, Scott. Women of Courage, Intimate Stories from Afghanistan. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. 2007.

     Takes an intimate look at courageous women from all walks of life who are facing the future with hope despite their nation's long history of oppression and violence.


Lamond, Bill. Born to Lead, Unlock the Magnificence in Yourself and in Others. New York, NY: Penguin Group. 2006.

Born to Lead is a powerful book of transformation that shows every woman how to unlock the genius of her uniquely feminine style of leadership, and use it in her life. Starting with the Feminine Principle, it helps you add four new behaviors-keys that open a path for conscious self-examination.


Lanzetta, Beverly J.. Radical Wisdom: A Feminist Mystical Theology. Augsburg Fortress Publishers. 2005
Lanzetta illuminates the transformative potential of the classical tradition of women mystics, especially in light of contemporary violence against women around the world.

Lerner-Robbins, Helene. Our Power As Women: The Wisdom and Strategies of Highly Successful Women. Berkeley: Conari Press. 1996.
Our Power As Women is based on the premise that in the workplace women are more collaborative, more intuitive, more comfortable with ambiguity, and less confident with traditional hierarchies, negotiations, and power than men, Lerner-Robbins is a former columnist for New Woman magazine. Much of her inspiration comes from excerpts of commencement addresses at women's colleges.


Lictenberg, Ronna. Pitch Like a Girl: How a Woman Can Be Herself and Still Succeed. Rodale, Inc. 2005.
Ronna tells women why it's advantageous to be who they are and how to do better by bringing more of themselves to work. She looks at the differences between the styles people prefer to use to do business: whether they put a higher emphasis on connection, or relationship, or whether they put a greater emphasis on task, the activity of business and how to leverage your style for greater success.


Lopez, Margaret Jacoby. Sing Past Winter, A Modern Psalter. Santa Fe, NM: Blue Fire Books. 2003.

     Sing Past Winter is the story of a miraculous inner journey, where physical pain is the crucible for change and transformation. This book proclaims that the experiences of the body are not the end point, but a pathway to higher truth. Beautifully told in word images and full-color artwork, Sing Past Winter has a surprise on every page. It is a marriage of body, mind and spirit.


Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed, A Memoir. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf. 2006.

     This book is a memoir of a call to arms for all of us who feel that the planet is overwhelmed by careless, corrupt, or violent leadership. Wangari recounts her extraordinary life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya.


Marcic, Dorothy. Managing with the Wisdom of Love: Uncovering Virtue in People and Organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. 1997.
Marcic speaks directly to managers about the religious and spiritual principles that are as important in the operations of organizations as they are in the lives of the individuals who make those organizations viable.


Marigold, Lys, Popcorn, Faith. EVEolution. New York, NY: Hyperion. 2000, 2001.

     This book shows that you cannot succeed in business or successfully start one without understanding how to market to women. No matter what your product is, they reveal why women must be your chief target.


Markova, Dawna. I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion. Berkeley: Conari Press. 2000.
Twenty years ago, faced with a life-threatening illness, Dawna Markova began a journey of rediscovery. This book follows her path to finding deeper meaning in life. As she points out, people can continue to feel powerless and live habitual lives - or they can make the choice to follow their passion.


Martin, Katherine. Women of Courage: Inspiring Stories from the Women Who Lived Them. Novato: New World Library. 1999.
Forty women - including Marianne Williamson, Isabel Allende, Dana Reeve, Anita Roddick, Mary Pipher, Judith Orloff, Salle Merrill Redfield, Barbara DeAngelis, Faith Pocorn, Michele Lee, Barbara Brennan, Rita Dove, Sharon Gless, Sarah Weddington, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Judy Chicago, Brooke Medicine Eagle - describe life-altering moments in which they had to rely on their own inner resources to conquer challenges and find strength and wisdom.


Martin, Katherine. Women of Spirit: Stories of Courage from the Women Who Lived Them. Novato: New World Library. 2001.
Thirty-five women who succeeded in making a difference in the world relate their experiences in this inspiring collection. Katherine Martin introduces each first-person account with background information on the writer and the obstacles she faced. Lesser-known heroines include Debra Williams, who blew the whistle on medical malpractice in a midwestern prison; Sonya Bell, a blind teenager who became an award-winning runner; and Carrie Barefoot Dickerson, who stopped the construction of a nuclear power plant. Other stories, told in their own words, are about SARK, Judith Light, Julia Butterfly Hill, Joan Borysenko, Geraldine Ferraro, Iyanla Vanzant, and others.


McKinnon, Sheila. Invisible Women. Rome, Italy: Shenker Publishing. 2006.

     "Sheila McKinnon's work is dedicated to all those tireless, capable women who since the dawn of time have played an essential role in humanity's long journey. In these images of great formal beauty, Sheila has captured moments of women's everyday existence, of women doing tasks that are so essential as to be taken for granted, so discreet as to be invisible."



McLyman, Linda A. Wise Leadership. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. 2005.
McLyman invites her readers to grasp the values, beliefs, and truths that are commonly held by many of today's wisest leaders. The path to intelligence is not necessarily the same as the path to wisdom.


McNutt, Nan. The Spindle Whorl, A NorthwestCoast Indian Art Activity Book. Seattle: Sasquatch Books. 1997.

     Tells the story of an Indian girl who is a gifted spinner, with activities to teach about Indian culture


Mortenson, Greg and Relin, David Oliver. Three Cups of Tea. New York, NY: Penguin Group. 2006.

     Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is the true story of Mortenson's work building schools in remote villages in Pakistan. Mortenson moves from a lost climber who promises a school to one small village to a major player in promoting peace through education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His story is too crazy to be made up. Three Cups of Tea is good reading for anyone who wants to understand more about Central Asia and be inspired by what one humble person can do.


Muir, Caroline and Charles. Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving. San Francisco, Mercury House. 1989.

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving offers ancient Tantric secrets for deepening relationships as well as ways to consciously maintain passionate partnerships through good communication and celebration of differences.


Newman, Barbara. Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine. 1987. Paperback ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
"Newman brilliantly analyzes the feminine motifs that appear in the writings of remarkable Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) who was a prophet, visionary, scientist, cosmologist, counselor and reformer . . .This is the first book on Hildegard in English and the only work of any length on her theology of the feminine." - A. McDowell, Choice


Northrup, Christiane. Women"s Bodies: Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing. 1998. Paperback Ed. New York: Bantam Books. 2002.
Powerfully demonstrates that when women change the basic conditions of their lives that lead to health problems, they heal faster, more completely, and with far fewer medical interventions.


Openshaw, Jennifer. What's Your Net Worth?, Click Your Way to Wealth. United States: Perseus Publishing. 2001.

     Jennifer shows women in this book tools to balance their budget, refinance a home mortgage, and even shop for shoes.  Jennifer has made it her mission to provide women with all of the advice and access they need in order to focus on the big financial picture. 


Our Turn, Our Time: Women Truly Coming of Age. Cynthia Black (editor). Hillsboro OR: Beyond Words Publishing. 2000.
Written by everyday women for everyday women, here are 25 stories to inspire those who are contemplating the aging process. Topics range from women's groups, voluntarism, and crone ceremonies, to creative expression, changing bodies, and the confidence that comes from success in later life.


Parker, Patricia S. Ph.d. Race, Gender, and Leadership: Re-Envisioning Organizational Leadership From the Perspectives of African American Women Executives. Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2004.
This volume advances a vision of organizational leadership that challenges traditional masculine and feminine notions of leadership development and practice, providing insights for organizational leadership in the era of postindustrialization and globalization. Additionally, by placing African American women at the center of analysis, this book provides insights into the ways in which race and gender structure key leadership processes in today's diverse and changing workplace.


Peay, Pithia. Soul Sisters: The Five Sacred Qualities of a Woman's Soul - An Inspirational Workbook for Women. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam. 2002.
This is a workbook to help women cultivate their full potential through the lives and lessons of the heroines of world spiritual traditions, as well as through the stories of present-day women who have midwifed new forms of spiritual sisterhood.


Pelosi, Nancy. Know Your Power, A Message to America's Daughters.  New York, NY: Doubleday. 2008.

     In this book Nancy Pelosi encourages mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters to never lose faith, to speak out and make their voices heard, to focus on what matters most and follow their dreams wherever they may lead. 


Phelps, Ethel Johnston. The Maid of the North, Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company Inc. 1981.

     The Maid of the North gathers folk and fairy tales from Scandinavia, Africa, Britain, Russia, Pakistan, as well as several North American Indian cultures. The women, girls, and female animals in these stories are bright, brave, crafty, determined, loving, and moral. They protect themselves and others; they can ride on the wind and choose whom (or if) they will marry. Ethel Phelps retells these stories in plain language, creating the lulling sensation of truth found in fairy tales while highlighting the differences between these tales and their grimmer counterparts. Read them to children, keep them for yourself, give a copy to a teenage girl who might need to be reminded that women are courageous and intelligent - these fairy tales transcend age barriers.


Phillips, Lois, Ph.D. and Anita Ferguson. Women Seen and Heard: Lessons Learned from Successful Speakers. Luz Publications. 2004.
"Is gender still an issue for women speakers in gaining the voice of authority?" Given the complexity of issues facing our society, the public needs to hear from women of diverse backgrounds in the debates and discussions that will shape our future.  In this volume, experienced public speakers share their wisdom on how to get ready for and deliver dynamic presentations.


Proctor, Charlene M. Let Your Goddess Grow!, 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking. Canada: The Goddess Network Press. 2005.

     In this book of women's wisdom, Proctor teaches you how to replace old, negative thought patterns with powerful ideas through seven lessons.  You will manifest more success while deepening your relationship with spirit.  This book leads you to the concept of the divine feminine and explains why both men and women need more of her. 


Pyle, Derek. Subtleties: Women and Trees, Poems about the Feminine.  Jubilation Press. 2008. Beautiful and insightful poems by a young poet.


Remen, Rachel Naomi M.D. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal. New

York: The Berkley Publishing Group. 1996.

This remarkable collection of true stories draws on the concept of "kitchen table wisdom"-the human tradition of shared experience that shows us life in all its power and mystery and reminds us that the things we cannot measure may be the things that ultimately sustain and enrich our lives.


Regan, Helen B. and Gwen H. Brooks.  Out of Women's Experience: Creating Relational Leadership. Thousand Oaks CA: Corwin Press. 1995.
Regan and Brooks develop six key ideas in this unique study of educational leadership drawn from the experience of women. They examine the special qualities that women bring to leaderships roles and show how these attitudes, characteristics, and techniques can be used to used to improve the practice and teaching of educational leadership for men and women. The themes are illustrated throughout by insightful case studies of women leaders. Special emphasis is placed on five important attributes of effective leadership displayed in the participants of the authors' study: caring, vision, collaboration, courage, and intuition.


Rhode, Deborah L. The Difference "Difference" Makes, Women and Leadership. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 2003.

     This unique collection takes on the question of "why are women so dramatically underrepresented in formal leadership position and what can be done to improve the situation?", in the crucial and practical contexts of law, politics and business.  The essays in this book bring new insights to long-standing questions about the difference gender difference makes, both in access to leadership and in its exercise. 


Rosener, Judy B.  America's Competitive Secret: Women Managers.  New York, NY:  Oxford University Press.  1995.

     A leading expert on women and men at work, Rosener argues that not only are men and women different, so are male and female managers.  Drawing on in-depth interviews with top-flight executives and middle managers and the latest research on working women and organizational change, she describes the unique contribution of female professionals.  This is America's competitive secret - this great untapped economic resource of well-educated, experienced, professional women ready, willing and able to move into the boardrooms and executive suites of corporate America.


Rosenthal, Cindy Simon. When Women Lead: Integrative Leadership in State Legislatures. Oxford University Press. 1998. Contradicting the assumption that legislative leadership is inherently transactional, Rosenthal posits an integrative style emphasizing collaboration, shared problem-solving, and consensus. Further, she argues that women committee chairs come to their roles from different life experiences, and so employ motivations, tactics, and visions of leadership that differ in important ways from their male counterparts. Her findings suggest that women tend to see political leadership as something more than the act of satisfying particular interests.


Ruyle, Lydia. Goddess Icons, Spirit Banner of the Divine Feminine. Boulder, CO: Woven Word Press. 2002.

     Goddess Icons spirit banners are sacred images of the divine feminine from the many cultures of the world.  This book is about the images, their journeys and stories.


Schmidt-Brabant, Manfred and Virginia Sease. The Archetypal Feminine in the Mystery Stream of Humanity: Towards a New Culture of the Family. London: Temple Lodge. 1999.
The authors' survey of the feminine archetype is an attempt to throw new light on the spiritual significance and meaning of the feminine principle today, and its future task and destiny.


Sereno, Prartho. Causing a Stir, The Secret Lives and Loves of Kitchen Utensils. San Anselmo, CA: Mansarovar Press. 2007.

     Each of 26 Kitchen Utensils, from the table fork and spoon to the spatula and whisk, embodies a character with a story to tell and wisdom to impart. Detailed, full-color watercolor illustrations bring to life an unlikely crew - medicine women, teenagers, circus acrobats, whirling dervishes, and rock stars, whose stories are told in lyrical poems.


Simpson, Liz: Awakening Your Goddess. United Kingdom: Gaia Books Ltd. 2001.

     Awakening Your Goddess helps today's women draw inspiration from goddesses of many cultures as a means to self-fulfillment. The author points out how every woman's life is influenced by various goddess archetypes, then advises on how to create a balance among them to achieve personal wholeness.

     A practical guide to discovering a woman's power, a woman's glory.


StarHawk, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great

Goddess.  New York: Harper-Collins Publishers. 1979.

The Spiral Dance is a brilliant overview of the growth, suppression, and modern day re-emergence of Witchcraft as a Goddess-worshipping religion. 


Stone, Merlin. When God Was A Woman. New York: The Dial Press. 1976.

The story of the most ancient of religions, the religion of the Goddess, and the role this ancient worship played in Judeo-Christian attitudes toward women.


The Divine Feminine: Exploring the Feminine Face of God Throughout the World. Andrew Harvey and Anne Baring (Editors). Berkeley: Conari Press. 1996.
Midwest Book Review: The Divine Feminine is an exploration of the way the Goddess archetype has been worshipped and celebrated around the world, stemming from antiquity and passing down into modern times. In this beautifully illustrated anthology, the reader is taken on a tour of spiritual traditions which include ancient Egypt, Sumeria, Greece , Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Sufism, Christianity, and Buddhism, as well as native religions. What is showcased in all of these diverse traditions is the celebration of the goddess in her many permutations from Isis, Ishtar, and Gaia, to Kali, Kuan Yin, and the Virgin Mary. The wide ranges of sayings, hymns, prayers and poems in this unprecedented collection reveal the importance of renewing and integrating our relationship with The Divine Feminine and point the way to a new understanding of life, spirituality, and our relationship with this planet.


The Difference "Difference" Makes.  Ed. Deborah L. Rhode.  Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 2003.

      This publication grows out of a summit on women's leadership co-sponsored by the President's Office of the American Bar Association, the Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Panels included some of the more remarkable and powerful women and men in the legal profession:  leaders in government, law firms, bar associations, corporations, and academia.


The Fabric of the Future. Ed. M.J. Ryan. Berkeley: Conari Press, 1998.
Leading women thinkers-psychologists, writers, futurists, environmentalists, business consultants, activists and artists-representing the broadest spectrum of religion, philosophy, spirituality and ethnicity survey the cultural landscape and offer their collective insight into how we can navigate through these turbulent times.


The Moonlit Path, Reflections on the Dark Feminine. Ed. Fred Gustafson. Berwick, ME: Nicolas-Hays, Inc. 2003.

"The Moonlit Path" is an anthology of writing by figures from throughout the spiritual world on the "dark feminine." Known variously as Lilith, Kali, the Black Madonna, Morrigan, Guadalupe, and Tara, the dark feminine appears in many cultures and throughout the ages.


Toms, Justine.  Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World. Virginia: Hampton Roads. 2008. 

Small Pleasures is a product of Justine Tom's lifetime of thoughtful observation, experience, and spiritual inquiry as well as her hundreds of interviews of men and women who are seeking a greater meaning in life.  This book offers many ways for readers to come in to their daily lives and connect with what is good, meaningful, and beautiful.


Trout, Susan S. Born to Service, The Evolution of the Soul Through Service. Alexandria, VA: Three Roses Press. 1997.

      Born to Service provides a roadmap to guide individuals and organizations in deepening their consciousness of the relationship between their motives for serving and the quality of their service.


Uhlein, Gabriele. Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen. Santa Fe, NM: Bear and Company Inc. 1983.

     This is a meditation book and a series of poignant, vibrant visions from Hildegard of Bingen. 


Vrarto, Elizabeth. The Counselors: Conversations with 18 Courageous Women Who Have Changed the World. Philadelphia: Running Press. 2002.
A collection of profiles of recipients of the prestigious Margaret Brend Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, where the author asks what these women would like to share with young women just beginning their careers.  The result of these conversations is a profound look at women's struggle for recognition and success that will captivate a reader of any age or gender.


Walker, Alice. Possessing the Secret of Joy. New York: Pocket Books. 1992.

     A novel by one of the most gifted writers of this country.  Crying out against the heinous practice of the female initiation ceremonies. 


Walker, Barbara G. The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom, and Power. San Francisco: Harper & Row, Publishers. 1985.
Barbara Walker recovers the past roles of female elders and offers this history as the basis of increased spiritual and political power and a revitalized self-image for mature women today.


Walker, Barbara G. Women's Rituals. San Francisco: Harper & Row. 1990.
The practices described here are designed for women seeking uplifting alternatives to traditional religion and who wish to discover and empower the feminine spirit in themselves and in each other.


Weeden, Curt. How Women Can Beat Terrorism. Mount Pleasant: Quadrafoil Press, Inc.
Curt Weeden sounds an urgent warning:  If the world stays on its present course, terrorism and conflict may take the lives of over 100 million people during the next three decades.  Give women the opportunity and resources to combat poverty and hopelessness that help fuel terrorism, and the gloomy forecast improves.


Wheatley, Margaret J. Turning to One Another, simple conversations to restore hope to the future.  San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc. 2002.

     Margaret wrote this book to encourage and support each of us to begin conversations about things that are important to us.


Williamson, Marianne. A Woman's Worth. New York: Ballantine Books. 1993.
Drawing deeply and candidly on her own experiences, the author illuminates her thought-provoking positions on such issues as beauty and age, relationships and sex, children and careers, and the reassurance and reassertion of the feminine in a patriarchal society.


Willis, Janice D. Feminine Ground: Essays on Women in Tibet. Snow Lion Publications. 1995.
In this volume, six western women scholars and practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism come together to explore the issues of "women" and "the feminine" in Tibet.


Wise Women:  Over 2000 years of Spiritual Writing by Women.  Ed. Susan Cahill.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Company, 1996. 

     Spiritual experience has always been, and is especially today, a liberating source of women's identity and their resistance to oppression.  These selections feature centuries of this tradition's most intuitive writing, offering the voices of women ranging from Sappho to Joan of Arc to Marian Wright Edelman.  Ancient goddesses and contemporary powers alike, these visionaries see justice and love, loss, aging, and freedom, and it inspires them to artistic expression and political action.  This deeply moving collection includes memoirs, stories, poetry, letters, prayers and theologies.


Wolff, Margaret. In Sweet Company, Conversations with Extraordinary Women about Living a Spiritual Life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 2004.

     This book takes readers on a spiritual odyssey into the hearts and minds of some of the most influential women of our time. It tells the story of these women, their personal journeys, and relates their thoughts on living a spiritual life.


Women On Power. Ed. Sue J.M. Freeman, Susan C. Bourque, and Christine M. Shelton. Boston: Northeastern University Press. 2001.
This collection by experts in a variety of disciplines combines theoretical discussions with historical and contemporary case studies to offer a fresh vista on how gender has influenced and redefined today's notions of leadership and power.


Woodman, Marion. The Pregnant Virgin, A Process of Psychological Transformation. Canada: Webcom Limited. 1985.

     This book is about the struggle to become conscious.  It is about overcoming addictions-to food, drugs, work, etc.  It is about the wisdom of the body, initiation rituals, dreams and the relationship and search for personal identity. It is a celebration of the feminine, both in men and women and becoming free.


Woodruff, Sue. Meditations with Mechtild of Magdeburg. Santa Fe, NM: Bear and Company Inc. 1982.

     This is a mediation book with a poignant, vibrant series of versions of great mystics of yesterday and today with Mechtild of Magdeburg.


Zichy, Shoya. Women and the Leadership Q: Revealing the Four Paths to Influence and Power. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc. 2000.
The Leadership Questionnaire designed by Zichy assesses a woman's management style, based in part on the results of psychological tests, including Myers-Briggs. Using her questionnaire, Zichy examined a number of accomplished women to see whether they share any similar attributes. Among the qualities they have in common are focused intellectual energy, optimism in the face of setbacks and the belief that learning is an ongoing process.


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