Books relating to sisterhood and/or developing the sacred feminine…
Carry On, Warrior: Glennon Doyle Melton’s inspiringly honest memoir that encourages all of us to let our guard down and embrace the messiness of real, authentic life. From adolescent struggles to the rowdiness of being single in your 20s to the challenges of family and motherhood, Glennon lays it all out there and asks you to just as honestly assess and forgive the realities of your own past and present.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Marie Kondo’s best-selling book detailing how to let go of all the stuff that no longer serves you. Some of it struck me as a bit silly – for example the long description of how sad your socks feel if you ball them up – but overall it offers some really practical tips for evaluating what you need to get rid of. The basic principle behind the book is to only keep those things that bring you joy. If it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it. While the focus is obviously different from Mama Gena’s School of the Womanly Arts, the focus on joy and pleasure makes them complement each other well.
Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts: Learn how to become a joyful and radiant Sister Goddess as you pursue a life of pleasure. Uplifting and empowering, this book is not to be missed. It includes a convincing case for the necessity of pleasure in women’s lives, and it provides specific womanly arts to develop. Each chapter, in addition to providing anecdotes about the womanly arts at work, also provides suggested exercises for developing and practicing the womanly arts.
The Red Tent: A historical fiction retelling of the biblical story of Jacob, told from the perspective of his only daughter Dinah. Rich with beautiful, complex, and messy sisterhood, the book follows Dinah from birth through adulthood and includes an extensive exploration of her four mothers – Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah. In spite of the challenges and grief faced by the female characters, you finish the book feeling overwhelmingly grateful to be a part of an infinite web of sisterhood.
Passionate Marriage: David Schnarch walks you through the basics of building your relationship through the frightening but life-changing habit of self-validation. Once you learn to differentiate and take personal responsibility for your confidence and self-esteem, it allows a new level of vulnerability – and sexiness! – to blossom in your relationship.