Laura's Book and Video/DVD Suggestions
(Note: The books on this list are divided into non-fiction and fiction and presented in alphabetical order according to author. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but is just a sampling of the many excellent sources for help in your explorations.)Non-Fiction Margot Adler: Drawing Down the Moon (Beacon 1979, 1986, 1997). Overview of American Paganism. Carol P. Christ: Rebirth of the Goddess (Addison-Wesley 1997) . Thealogy of Goddess religion.
Mary Daly: Gyne/Ecology (Beacon Press 1978)
William G. Dever: Did God Have A Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel. Archeological verification of Asherah worship in biblical times. (Eerdmans 2005)
Riane Eisler: The Chalice and the Blade (Harper 1987). History, anthropology
_________: Sacred Pleasure (Harper SF 1995). How mostly heterosexual practices may be related to spiritual beliefs and other underlying societal assumptions.
Matthew Fox: Original Blessing (Bear Co. 1983). Christian/Goddess.
Marija Gimbutas: The Language of the Goddess (Harper 1989). Archeology
Lynn Gottleib: She Who Dwells Within (Harper SF 1995). Jewish with Native American influences
Naomi Graetz: Unlocking the Garden: A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible, Midrash and God (Gorgias Press, 2005)
Sue Monk Kidd: Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine.(HarperSanFrancisco 1996)
Jenny Kien: Reinstating the Divine Woman in Judaism (Universal 2000) History, anthropology, biblical analysis, thealogy.
Deborah Laake: Secret Ceremonies (Dell 1993). Mormon autobiography
Judith Laura: Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics. (RTP 1997; Open Sea/Booklocker 2008, Open Sea 2011 )
_________: She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother (Crossing Press 1989 and later editions)
Glenys Livingstone, PaGaian Cosmology: Reinventing Earth-based Goddess
Religion, (iUniverse 2008). Australian author Includes Southern hemisphere
point-of-view, adds science to thealogy.
Asphodel P. Long: In a Chariot Drawn by Lions: The Search for the Female in Deity (Crossing Press 1993).
Fatima Mernissi: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood (Addison-Wesley 1994). Autobiography.
_____________: The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam (Addison-Wesley 1992)
Raphael Patai: The Hebrew Goddess (Wayne State University Press 1990 and earlier editions)
J. Plaskow and C. Christ, ed.: Weaving the Visions (Harper 1989). Multicultural essay anthology
Judith Plaskow: Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective (Harper 1989).
Rachel Pollack: The Body of the Goddess: Sacred Wisdom in Myth, Landscape and Culture (Element Books 1997)
Layne Redmond: When The Women Were Drummers: A Spiritual History of Rhythm (Three Rivers Press 1997)
Rosemary Radford Ruether: Women-Church (Harper 1985). Christian. Proposes exodus of women from the established church.
Jane Schaberg: The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, and the Christian Testament (Continuum 2002). Discusses wide range of views and interpretations of the Magdalene, with Virginia Woolf as inspiration.
Starhawk: The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Harper 1979, 1989). Pagan.
Merlin Stone: When God Was A Woman, Mariner Books,(1978 and later editions), one of the earliest books on ancient Goddess religion compared with Abrahamic religions.
Studebaker: Jeri Lyn:
Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future (O Books 2008),
archeology, anthropology, thealogy.
Luisah Teish: Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals (Harper 1985). African-Caribbean-American-Yuruban-Voudoun
Savina J. Teubal: Sarah the Priestess: The First Matriarch of Genesis (Swallow Press 1984)
Barbara G. Walker: The Skeptical Feminist: Virgin, Mother Crone (Harper 1987) Autobiographical.
* Main theme is Goddess or
feminist or womanist spirituality.
Others books have these interwoven with other themes, or as symbolism, or as a lyrical background to the main theme.
Margaret Atwood: Cat's Eye (Bantam Books 1989)
* Beverly Byrne: Women's Rites (Villard 1985). Catholic/Goddess with some Jewish
* Marian Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon (Knopf 1982). A new look at Arthurian legends
* Kim Chernin: The Flame Bearers (Random House, 1986) Jewish
Pat Conroy: The Prince of Tides (Houghton Mifflin 1986, Bantam 1987)
* Anita Diamant: The Red Tent (Picador 1997). Extraordinary telling of story of biblical Dinah, daughter of Leah (and Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah), granddaughter of Rebecca, at a time when Goddess worship and matriliny were being replaced by worship of the male god El and patriarchy.
Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees (Penguin 2002) Story of a teen girl in 1964 South Carolina set against a background of racial tension, with Black Madonna and other Goddess symbolism.
* Clysta Kinstler: The Moon Under Her Feet (Harper 1989). Mary Magdalene and "Virgin" Mary as high priestesses of Isis-Astarte.
Toni Morrison: Beloved (Penguin 1988)
Lilian Nattel: The River Midnight (Scribner 1999) Beautifully written magical tale of Jewish village life in Poland at the end of the 19th century.
Gloria Naylor: Mama Day (Ticknor Fields) 1988
Rachel Pollack: Unquenchable Fire (Overlook 1992)
___________: Temporary Agency (St. Martin's 1994, Overlook 1995)
__________: Godmother Night (St. Martin's 1996)
Naomi Ragen: Jephte's Daughter (Warner Books 1989). Jewish themes.
* Tom Robbins: Skinny Legs and All (Bantam 1990)
* Starhawk: The Fifth Sacred Thing (Bantam 1993)
Alice Walker: The Color Purple (Washington Square Press 1982)
* ____________: The Temple of My Familiar (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1989)
_____________: Possessing the Secret of Joy (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1992) Spiritual, cultural and personal ramifications of female genital mutilation.
Rebecca Wells: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (HarperCollins 1996)
____________: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lilly Ponder (HarperCollins 2009)
Women and Spirituality
Trilogy by Donna Read, produced for CBC (Direct Cinema Ltd.) Now also
available as DVD.
"Goddess Remembered" (Ancient Goddess religions and their relevance today)
"The Burning Times" (Killing of millions of women for being "witches" during the Inquisition)
"Full Circle" (Relationship of Goddess spirituality to ecology; interviews of women active in Goddess spirituality today)
Signs Out of Time—The Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas by Donna Read and Starhawk (Belili). Narrated by Olympia Dukakis. With traditional Lithuanian folksongs and original music by Stellamara. DVD.
And Mother Wove the Morning by Carol Lynn Pearson. A one-woman play in which women from many different traditions and times express their feelings about spirituality and religion.
Woman and Her Symbols by Mary
R. Hopkins. Two videos: "Part I: The Great Mother Earth"; "Part II: From
Earth Mother to Love Goddess."
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