Monday, April 28, 2014
It's difficult to articulate how I feel about this book. Estes reinterprations provide insight and tools for women to use for self-improvement and cultivating growth in others; however, many of them are reinterpretations that dismiss their original religious or cultural context. I also noticed that she has a tendency to insert tidbits from other religions or cultures with the intention of providing support to her point, except that without further explanation many of these bits seem out of place. Even worse is the fact that some of these tidbits are incorrect or at least new age interpretations that misrepresent the original deities and creatures. For example, she interprets Hel, the Norse Goddess of Death, as being the Goddess of rebirth. She also mentions Banshees and carriages, which in traditional Irish folklore have no connection.
I feel that this book is an excellent tool for women to help understand themselves and others because of its reinterpretations and insight; although, I would caution readers to be wary of taking her retellings and interpretations as true to their original meanings.
Roles of the Northern Goddess - Dr Hilda Ellis Davidson
Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History - Rosemary Ruether
The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell
Friday, April 25, 2014
With her friendly tone Seixas invites women to rediscover their love of life. By including examples from her own life and that of her clients, she brings reality to this helpful book. Rediscover your passion and get acquainted with what life can really be with this wonderful guide.
The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron
The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
Women Who Run with the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Monday, April 21, 2014
While I enjoyed reading this book, I wouldn't recommend it to most people due to its technical nature. A basic understanding of mathematics, sound wave, and statistics is necessary to have a real understanding of the material.
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain - Oliver Sacks
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession - Daniel J. Levitin
Friday, April 18, 2014
While some people who experience abductions claim that the aliens are here to help, the majority of abductees Jacobs has interviewed have experienced both mentally and physically scarring events. Jacobs thinks he knows what these visitors are up to, and he doesn't think it's any good.
I've read many books and watched many specials about alien abductions and UFO phenomena. While much of the information was review for me, I enjoyed the clarity of thought, the inclusion of quotes from abductees, and the well-organized chapters. This is an informative read for anybody who is interested in the darker side of aliens.
Monday, April 14, 2014
I was wholly unsatisfied with this novel. Cremer chooses minor characters from the previous series as main characters and fails to make any of them interesting. Bosque Mar as a villain revived brings a distinct lack of urgency to the plot. The swapping point of view doesn't provide any suspense because many of the chapters are a mere 3 pages long. I will not be continuing this series.
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
The Iron Thorn - Caitlin Kittredge
Friday, April 11, 2014
With mystery, espionage, betrayal, and danger I thought this book would be more interesting than it was. I felt like I was waiting for a climax that never came and at the conclusion I could only think "That's it?". Just not my cup-of-tea, I guess.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Bony-Legs - Joanna Cole
A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories - Robin McKinley