By Clarissa Pinkola Estes from Untie The Strong Woman. If one were to cease dreaming bold dreams, then bold actions on earth would also cease. Wild dreams. Stories and prayers for connecting to the fierce and loving force of the Blessed Mother. Untie the Strong Woman book. Read 77 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Call her Our Lady, La Nuestra Se ora, Holy Mother or one of.
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Author: Clarissa Pinkola Estes Phd Pages: Publication Date Release Date ISBN: Product Group:Book Read. With Untie the Strong Woman, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés invites us to reconnect with “the fierce and loving Blessed Mother who is friendly, but never tame—she. Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul Paperback – September 1, I Am Your Mother. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman.
Once past this disappointment, I found the book to be heavy, repetitive and meandering and in need of much more aggressive editing. The present book is a loving tribute to Mary, the mother of Jesus, but it goes beyond that, for Dr. The five books were well paackaged and in very good appearancr. Why not share! Estes brought me into the warmth of her firelight to share the spirituality and joy of family and faith. Casa Ursulina is grounded in friendship and solidarity among women Apr 15,
She takes greater risks revealing more of her very personal stories that shaped her soul life's calling and its connection to others. Prayer is the central focus, prayer that speaks to Mary, the universal mother of all of us. Real practice of praying brings real results and she addresses the many people and their difficult spiritual struggles that need our prayers and blessings. She shares her keen sense of staying attentive to ways we can all co-create a more compassionate world.
Posted on June 29, Yes - I received the book and am loving it. Thank you Posted on May 29, Very good 4 week delivery to Canada at Christmas.
The five books were well paackaged and in very good appearancr.
Posted on January 21, Estes' prose and poetry are incredibly heartfelt and descriptive. Posted on January 9, My order was handled with efficiency and courtesy.
The material I ordered is inspiring and insightful; I will be giving several copies of the book as gifts this holiday. And it was offered at a very generous price. Thank you for your service In light and gratitude, Nancy Hooper Posted on December 14, Stories and prayers for connecting to the fierce and loving force of the Blessed Mother.
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Yes No. She's so good. That's an experience I've had at a number of Christian sites in France and Wales; sites built upon much older sacred sites. The power of the sacred transcends shifts in religious fashion.
So, all this to say that Estes works hard in this book to reconnect us to that timeless and powerful female energy and she does a hell of a job, incorporating stories, poems, prayers, visual art and song to draw us in. If this sort of thing interests you I urge you to put aside any prejudices you may have and we all do , and take a wander.
I think you'll enjoy it, and it will enrich you. Before discovering this beautiful, moving work, I had only heard of Dr. The present book is a loving tribute to Mary, the mother of Jesus, but it goes beyond that, for Dr.
Estes connects the Blessed Mother to the Divine Feminine. Thus, she is really the Great Mother Goddess, prevalent in all human cultures throughout the centuries, and known by many names.
It's really Before discovering this beautiful, moving work, I had only heard of Dr. It's really fascinating to see how much this love of God as Mother has come to the surface in recent years.
Although I share the author's religion -- Catholicism -- I'm not completely comfortable with Estes's take on this, since the Virgin Mary has never been a goddess.
She was born a human being, just like the rest of us, except that she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah. Still, I can't help but be drawn to this book, because somehow, it speaks deeply to me. I suppose there's just something in the human soul that yearns for a mother's nurturing, fierce love. And that's just how Estes pictures Mary, and the Divine Mother -- as a fierce, yet tender warrior, always ready to protect her children. At the beginning of each chapter, there are photographs of the author's own collage artwork, done in honor of Our Lady, and as a memento of prayers answered.
It was this beautiful cover that initially attracted me to this wonderful, profoundly spiritual, yet profoundly earthy, book. The woman on this cover is a tender, yet strong, warrior mother. She is of her people, a woman of great moral courage, of strength in the face of injustice.
She has suffered, and triumphed. She is holy, and loving, and proud, and she will never be defeated, never be completely blotted from human history. The author emphasizes this point many times throughout the book. I don't know what kind of paper has been used for this treasure, but it has certainly helped me love this book! From the moment I first saw it standing proudly on a bookshelf, I felt it calling to me.
Grabbing it, I went straight to the snack section of the store, quickly found an empty table, and proceeded to get lost in the wonderfully-scented pages, that were filled with gentle eloquence. There are many short, as well as longer, chapters in the book, in which Estes vividly details, in her unique, lyrical style, the many facets of the Divine Mother. She writes at length about Our Lady of Guadalupe, and in one of the more touching chapters, "The Drunkard and the Lady", tells the story of a drunk with stone mason skills who helps her build a shrine to Guadalupe, under the title of "La Conquista" "The Conquest".
Long before he had finished the shrine, the man had stopped drinking -- completely. This mural, which depicts the Lady with the Indian saint, Juan Diego, has been hidden behind a wall for several years now. Yet another chapter, "Massacre of the Dreamers: The Corn Mother was then known as "Xilonen". In the chapter on the Black Madonna, she tells of how her Swabian grandmother, Katerin, rescued blackened pieces of wood that were left after fires burned down, calling them her Black Madonnas, because they had an uncanny resemblance to the overall shape of Our Lady.
These she would plant in her vegetable and wheat fields, which would then flourish. Perhaps the most difficult chapter for me to read was the one titled, "Post-Abortion Compassion: This line in the title comes from a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, "The Mother".
Estes had a chance encounter with the poet, as she was flying to Chicago's O'Hare Airport once, and the two of them discussed the poem, in which Brooks regretfully alluded to her own abortions.
In another chapter, Estes relates the Good Friday ritual of "Pesame" "I am sorry" is an approximate translation , in which a statue of the Madonna is brought down from an alcove in the church, and placed outside the altar rail, in the church's nave. The congregation then slowly comes forward, to either tenderly touch the statue, or to place a warm shawl over her head, or a cup of water at her feet.
All the people come to the church in silence, and sit with her in silence, to console her for the death of her Son. I had never heard of such a ritual before; it's obviously part of Mexican Catholic spirituality. I found it very moving and beautiful. Another chapter tells of the tradition of "La Posada" "The Inn" , in which, every Christmas, a family portraying the Holy Family goes from house to house, being turned away, until at last they come to the designated house where they will be welcomed with open arms.
Along the way, they sometimes meet up with folks who, moved with compassion, forget that they are supposed to turn away the travelers, and eagerly ask them to come in, to the amused consternation of the participants. There are many stories throughout this book, which is a wonderful combination of things -- memoir, history, spirituality, philosophy, and poetry written by the author, which she weaves into several chapters. In a style that is unique, tender, and full of rich metaphors, Estes pulls the reader along, delving into the recesses of the heart and soul, as she touches the sacred and brings it to life, inspiring us to marvel, to ponder, to enter into the mystery ourselves.
Estes ties the story of the Great Mother with the stories of all those who suffer and struggle for justice -- from her own Mexican ancestors, to women in Africa still enduring abuse, to the Russians who finally were able to tear down the Berlin Wall, to those who were killed during the Holocaust. She tells these tales simply, with no vindictive rage, but with the firm stance of one who presents these horrors to the reader, one who serves as witness. And the Great Mother grieves Some readers might be put off by the fact that the book has a heavy Catholic influence, while more traditional Christians might object, as I do, to the idea of the Virgin Mary being divine.
But then, the concept of the Divine Mother is something universal, something that speaks to a very deep yearning within the human heart, so I would say that everyone and anyone can read this book.
There's something about the idea of God the Mother that is, quite simply, immensely appealing, in spite of its controversy. This book is sure to charm and ensnare the unsuspecting reader, whatever their views on the Divine Feminine. Totally fascinating in its grand scope, it's sure to become a spiritual classic! This book was so religious! Many times I was bored and skipped all the poems.
However, some of the stories were quite interesting, as I didn't know so much about the sacral symbols and how they have evolved throughout lifetime in many cultures.
The thing I loved the most was the passion of the author and her strong beliefs. View all 6 comments. Sep 09, Maggie rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 22, Joy rated it it was ok. If I could give two-and-a-half stars, I would. This one wasn't nearly as good as that one, though. Part of the reason I wasn't happy with this book was that it was very different than what I expected. Once past this disappointmen If I could give two-and-a-half stars, I would. Once past this disappointment, I found the book to be heavy, repetitive and meandering and in need of much more aggressive editing.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes is recognized as a story-teller, but in this book I couldn't often tell when she was embellishing some real experiences to make the story more dramatic. There were some nice passages-particularly the poetry that Estes wrote about Mary's roles in the life of her followers. There were also some interesting stories here and there in the book. Overall, however, the book was too dramatic and tedious.
Jan 25, Britta rated it really liked it. This was not my favorite book by CPE, but I did enjoy it immensely. I have never felt much affinity or affiliation with the Virgin Mary, probably because I did not grow up in Catholic setting.
However, I could appreciate the archetypal associations between the Lady and the Divine Feminine. I always enjoy her work. Nov 12, Lise rated it really liked it. I am surprised by the way this book easily helped me shift my paradigm towards understanding Mary as a fighter for the good of all as opposed to just an example to live up to.
Had another eye opener about the hispanic perspective on Mary which is empowering to the individual. Images of statues and paintings of Mary were enlightening too.
Found the image of Our Lady, Shirt of Arrows on page 67, moving. Absolute favorite part so far is the long chant she quotes, "Guadalupe is a Girl Gang Leader in I am surprised by the way this book easily helped me shift my paradigm towards understanding Mary as a fighter for the good of all as opposed to just an example to live up to.
Absolute favorite part so far is the long chant she quotes, "Guadalupe is a Girl Gang Leader in Heaven", on page Oct 24, Saffron Rose rated it it was amazing. I like the way that Our Lady of Guadalupe in general and Mary in particular as depicted in this book is both Strong and Feminine, not a meek and mild individual who fades into the background. She is our Mother and she cares about us deeply and is willing to fight for her children as any Mother would do.
I believe this book finally does her justice. I first got this book from the Library and was surprised and delighted when I managed to buy a copy not long after i had finished reading it. Sacred feminine in service to the suffering and lowly of the world. I wept through some of the pages, wept with joy and bleeding heart.
Beyond religion, beyond denomination, beyond psychological theories, beyond language, beyond the colour of the skin, beyond the background there She is, there I am. Mar 21, Vanessa rated it really liked it. Feb 05, Sue rated it it was amazing. I don't know if it was my state of mind at the time, or if I've been spoiled by reading almost exclusively on my Kindle, but I could not get through the hardcover version of this book. A couple months ago, I got the CD version and have already listened to it twice.
What a beautiful, beautiful, and inspiring book. I now have almost all of "Dr. E's" books as audio books, and love them all. Apr 01, Penelope rated it it was amazing Shelves: Clarissa Pinkola Estes is my go to for introspection in what it means to navigate this world as a woman.
I am now going to look into The Black Madonna more because of this book. The chapters discussing The Black Madonna are the ones that resonated with me most.
Nov 07, Jean rated it it was amazing. I love any book by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and this was no exception. She discusses women's issues, and reminds us that Mother Mary is always with us in the most trying times of our lives. It was very inspirational, a little more religious than I like, but still a good and moving book. Oct 02, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: I listened to the audiobook, which is read by the author who has a beautiful voice and was very intimate and conversational.
I burst into tears halfway through the book.
I related very strongly to her articulation of the Virgin Mary and the love shared between us. Apr 27, Stephanie Ladd added it. I listened to it on CD while driving to Maryland and have several Mary experiences along the way.
That's what happens when we tune into our own divine Self and intuitive knowing. May 25, Sr Nicole rated it it was amazing. Excellent read. Read this on retreat a couple of years ago. Jan 17, Caryl rated it it was amazing. This book is the authors experience with Mother Mary throughout her life. It is so inspirational and insightful. Absolutely love this book. Untie the Strong Woman is an extended discussion about the manifestation of the Blessed Mother in folk culture in Mexico.
There are also references to Her power among Eastern European immigrants to the U. These are the two branches of Clarissa Pinkola Estes's family, comprised of strong female ancestors who maintained an unbroken bond with the Mother for seemingly centuries, who taught Clarissa how to hear Her voice.
Each chapter explores a unique facet of the Great Mother to her faithful, w Untie the Strong Woman is an extended discussion about the manifestation of the Blessed Mother in folk culture in Mexico. Each chapter explores a unique facet of the Great Mother to her faithful, who include the conquered, the broken-hearted, the vulnerable, the imprisoned, the homeless.
Estes closes each chapter with a poem. This was a strange book for me to read. As one raised in the Protestant faith, all vestiges of Mother-worship have been absent from my faith experience.
Since my twenties I have struggled to find spiritual connection with a female entity but until this book, never realized how close she was.
The book influence me to attend a service dedicated to Our Lady of Guadeloupe presented by the Franciscan Sisters at a nearby Convent and College. At this service I had a glimpse of Mary's enduring spiritual power. Untie the Strong Woman blends bits of history, psychology, sociology, and memoir in essays that explore a multitude of approaches to Mary.
Estes proceeds from a Catholic viewpoint, most apparent in her chapter about healing women who have aborted fetuses. Her overall voice is deeply compassionate and she does not judge or condemn, simply offers the Mother as a source of healing and strength to anyone in need.
Parts of the book dragged for me, but in sum, I found the book valuable for its focus on the Great Mother of God, who is also the face of an ancient, pre-Christian creative force known and worshiped by humans for as long as time exists. Recommended for those interested in learning about the female face of God. The title indicates a promise which I personally find is not fulfilled. As a presentation of a female archetype, in the authors world, maybe the only female goddess image?