Sulis, November 17, 2008 (view all comments by Sulis)
This book has been a kind of bible for me, something I've referenced at many important junctures in my life in the last couple of decades. I wish I'd had it when I was a teenager and so I give it as a gift to other women whenever I have the opportunity. It also makes a very good book for women to read together, and share with regard to our own lives. I have been inspired to create a retreat around one of the stories in it which I hope to run one day. http://www.sulisminerva.org.
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littleflakes, October 16, 2006 (view all comments by littleflakes)
I love this book!!, and have given it to many women friends, one friend who was just learning to read I got the tapes for her. I've had my copy since spring 1998 the pages are written in, highlighted, tatered and torn, and now some are falling out. It is a well read book. I'm getting another one to give to yet another friend. Any woman young or old who would like to see themselves in a different light and understand themselves a little more would love this book, I've even read the stories to my younger daughter and have since she was 3. Thank you, Clarissa Estes ,for writing this book and speaking things that i have felt but had never knew anyone else felt or understood. This book has helped me gain strength and self respect as a woman and has helped me navigate some very very hard times in my life. i would recommend this book to every woman young or old. I also love the tapes "Creative Fire" by Clarissa Estes and have worn them completely out and need to get some more. Again, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this book and author Jesse
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by Thomas Moore, Author of Care of the Soul,
"This volume reminds us that we are nature for all our sophistication, that we are still wild, and the recovery of that vitality will itself set us right in the world."
by Maya Angelou,
"I am grateful to Women Who Run With the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The work shows the reader how glorious it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be women. Everyone who can read should read this book."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"An inspiring book, the 'vitamins for the soul' [for] women who are cut off from their intuitive nature."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Stands out from the pack...A joy and sparkle in [the] prose...This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work....It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected, that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. Wolves...is a gift."
Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller, shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the bins of the female unconscious. In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes uses multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from over twenty years of research that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. Dr. Estes collects the bones of many stories, looking for the archetypal motifs that set a woman's inner life into motion. "La Loba" teaches about the transformative function of the psyche. In "Bluebeard", we learn what to do with wounds that will not heal; in "Skeleton Woman", we glimpse the mystical power of relationship and how dead feelings can be revived; "Vasalisa the Wise" brings our lost womanly instincts to the surface again; "The Handless Maiden" recovers the Wild Woman initiation rites; and "The Little Match Girl" warns against the insidious dangers of a life spent in fantasy. In these and other stories, we focus on the many qualities of Wild Woman. We retrieve, examine, love, and understand her, and hold her against our deep psyches as one whois both magic and medicine. In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and lifegiving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.
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