WomanSoul The Inner Life of Women's Spirituality

ISBN-10: 0313351090

ISBN-13: 9780313351099

Edition: 2008

Authors: Carole A. Rayburn, Lillian Comas-Diaz, Rebecca Bennette, David M. Borgmeyer, David Matz

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As a path of meaning seeking, healing, and transformation, spirituality is becoming more prominent in our society. Historically, women have been the custodians of their families' spiritual domain. This book advances the concept of WomanSoul, a gender specific way of embracing spirituality. WomanSoul discusses the personal and professional impact of spirituality in the lives of women from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. It examines the psychological, multicultural, and personal expressions of female spirituality. More specifically, the essays collected here look at the impact of women's spirituality on identity, healing, and transformation across the lifecourse. WomanSoul focuses on how females express spirituality from their diverse backgrounds and situated realities. It cuts across ethnic identities, culture, and a multitude of spiritual experiences, such as Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, Goddess, Native American, and Agnosticism. As women tend to experience sacredness in a gender specific manner, they frequently place more emphasis on spirituality than on religiousness. Seen as a freeing force by most women, spirituality is most often perceived to be more gender-fair, culturally liberating, and less restrictive than many religious denominations. Both informative and inspirational, WomanSoul is written by psychologists who understand the implications of spirituality on the lives of women and the people around them.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

CAROLE A. RAYBURN is a clinical, consulting, and research psychologist in the Independent Practice of Psychology, Silver Spring, MD. A fellow of the American Psychological Association's Divisions on General, Clinical, Consulting, Family and Youth, Media, and International Psychology, and the Psychology of Women, the Psychology of Religion, Psychotherapy, and the Psychology of State Psychogical Affairs, she is a past president of the APA Division of the Psychology of Religion, the APA Division on Clinical Psychology's Section on the Clinical Psychology of Women, the Maryland Psychological Association, and currently is the president of the Montgomery County (MD) National Organization for Women. Currently she is serving as the Fellows Committee Chair of the APA Division of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Rayburn has authored, developed, and copyrighted 22 inventories.

David Matz is Professor of Classical Languages, St. Bonaventure University.

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
History of Women and a Spiritual Life
Worldviews and Women's Spirituality
The Goddess Has Returned!
The Saving Grace of Spirituality: Restoring Hope, Vitality, and Creative Joy
Women, Science, and Spirituality
The Healing Power of Spiritual Expression
My "Friendship" with Women Saints as a Source of Spirituality
Illuminating the Black Madonna: A Healing Journey
View of Women, Spirituality, and Tibetan Buddhism
American Indian Women and Spirituality
Spirituality and Resilience of Filipinos
Individual Journeys
Stepping Stones in a Full Life
Spirituality: An Eclectic Force in Life
Living Kabbalah
African American Women, Religion, and Oppression: The Use and Abuse of Spiritual Beliefs
Colors of the Invisible: Sufi Healing
Journeying in Twilight: Agnosticism and Spirituality
A Quiet Soul Listens to Her: Women, Spirituality, and Psychology
Applications to Mental Health Practice
Hindu Indian Spirituality, Female Identity, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Spiritual Awareness in Life and Psychotherapy
Strange Attractors or Hand of God: A Spiritual Journey
Voicing My Own Gospel: Stories of Spirituality from Young Women
Conclusions
A WomanSoul Quest
Index
About the Contributors
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