A Woman's Book of Life
A Woman's Book of Life 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. Those notorious temperature changes in menopause are not hot flashes, they're power surges, and A Woman's Book of Life traces the compelling biopsychospiritual reality of the move into authentic power at midlife. This is a book for any woman, of any generation. It allows the reader to look back and see the forgotten gifts of childhood, or to look ahead in celebration of what's to come. Whatever her age, no woman will be able to come away from this book without a greater appreciation for who women are, in their bodies, their emotions, their souls. Borysenko offers a rare chance to understand the gifts of being female and to celebrate the power of the feminine life cycle.

A Woman's Book of Life Details

TitleA Woman's Book of Life
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1998
PublisherRiverhead Trade
ISBN-139781573226516
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Health, Spirituality, Feminism, Womens

A Woman's Book of Life Review

  • Dirty Magpie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, I read it when I was heavily into some psycho/physical connecting, and she was the first author I read that was New Age without sounding spaced out. I especially got a lot out of her chapters on the stages of a woman's life she refers to as The Guardian, and I used much of that for inspirational imagery in the dance classes I was teaching at the time. I'm going to have to read it again, now that I'm in a different life stage than my first reading.
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  • Hedwige
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book (for women at least!)
  • Marianne Mullen
    January 1, 1970
    I think it is because of the stage I am in the woman's book of life (Healing & Balance) that I found this book so enlightening and meaningful. I loved how our lives as female was broken down to 7 year increments to discuss the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes and gifts we experience. It was enlightening to read this book while keeping in mind that I feel my life is out of balance right now and I'm yearning to find empowerment and strength in myself and my life. I also read the book I think it is because of the stage I am in the woman's book of life (Healing & Balance) that I found this book so enlightening and meaningful. I loved how our lives as female was broken down to 7 year increments to discuss the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes and gifts we experience. It was enlightening to read this book while keeping in mind that I feel my life is out of balance right now and I'm yearning to find empowerment and strength in myself and my life. I also read the book as a mother of two daughters and a only daughter of a strong woman. The book is one I would recommend to all women to read to gain insight into yourself and how your life changes as we physically and spiritually age.
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  • KarnagesMistress
    January 1, 1970
    Twenty years out, the biological sections of this book are still a revelation. At 38, I needed to know these things about myself, but no one else was telling me! When she speaks more of the psycho-spiritual aspects of womanhood, particularly those post-menopause, however, well, she is an upper-middle-class Baby Boomer extrovert. As part of Paul Fussell's "category X" (See Class: A Guide Through the American Status System), born into Generation X, and an introvert, she lost me on the psycho-spiri Twenty years out, the biological sections of this book are still a revelation. At 38, I needed to know these things about myself, but no one else was telling me! When she speaks more of the psycho-spiritual aspects of womanhood, particularly those post-menopause, however, well, she is an upper-middle-class Baby Boomer extrovert. As part of Paul Fussell's "category X" (See Class: A Guide Through the American Status System), born into Generation X, and an introvert, she lost me on the psycho-spiritual aspects of those later years. Still, this book should be required reading for any non-Prole (See Fussell, again) woman.
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  • Karin
    January 1, 1970
    This book was way less hippie than I anticipated when I first put it on my queue many years ago. She uses the small, but compelling existing research to expand on existing gender theories and posit some of her own. I'm glad I waited until now to read her book as I get nearer to middle-aged and so much of her book spoke to me. I loved it. It brings me hope for my future and gives me strength to continue doing what I love to do now. There were a couple of times that I felt like she took a few libe This book was way less hippie than I anticipated when I first put it on my queue many years ago. She uses the small, but compelling existing research to expand on existing gender theories and posit some of her own. I'm glad I waited until now to read her book as I get nearer to middle-aged and so much of her book spoke to me. I loved it. It brings me hope for my future and gives me strength to continue doing what I love to do now. There were a couple of times that I felt like she took a few liberties, but that is pretty par for this type of book. She had a really great resources section that I wish was updated. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the cycles of womanhood.
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  • Kelly Salasin
    January 1, 1970
    This book marked a pivotal point in my thinking about myself and divinity.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Every woman should read this book from the teenager to the very old woman. It is magnificent and so very uplifting for the reader. Men should read it also, if they want to get to understand women.
  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Great as a reference book.
  • Kathy B
    January 1, 1970
    I bought this book when it was first published and was so impressed that a woman actually had written a book for women! At the time so many "female" books I found were about women as good wives and home-makers. Joan Borysenko wrote FOR woman, what they go through and what to expect in life. I still treasure my book. However, on a sad side note: Years later I did feel badly when she and her husband quietly divorced.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Takes you through the seven-year stages in a woman's life from 0-84 and beyond. It is a textbook style of writing which can be dry, but it was interesting reading the "Ages 49-56: A Mindful Approach to Menopause" through "Ages 77-84 and beyond: Recapitulating Our Lives"
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This breaks down the cycles of a woman's life into seven year periods and talks about what goes on in each cycle- from a biological, psychological and spiritual point of view. It had some good stuff, but the section on my period, I didn't find that helpful!
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  • Merrell
    January 1, 1970
    sheds so much light on the different life stages (i don't feel so crazy!)
  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    all women should read this one
  • Brenda Spears
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book that shows us how our mind, body, and spirit are intertwined in a loop. Essential read for women seeking to maximize their personal well being.
  • Janis Davies
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this would be a great read for anyone raising a daughter.
  • Aryne Hornsby
    January 1, 1970
    I like this book, and although there are always exceptions and not every person can be categorized, it does offer a realistic look at how women change and what kind of experiences they share.
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Enthält interessante Aspekte. Ich werde mir auf jeden Fall nochmal "Heidi" von Johanna Spyri vornehmen.
  • Cws
    January 1, 1970
    305.4
  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    This book is 20 years old and vague.
  • J Crossley
    January 1, 1970
    This large volume looks at the different stages of a woman's life. It looks at the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of a woman's life.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting, drawing nice narratives and examples while still getting scientific. I'd recommend for anyone trying to figure out females at any point in their life cycle.
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