Synopses & Reviews
[This] is by far the most wise and thought provoking book on menopause that I have ever read. It is must reading for every woman who dares to meet the challenges of menopause fully and consciously. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
This volume presents a holistic, theoretical framework for understanding menopause as a major developmental event in women's lives. Rather than an unpleasant phase to be endured or alleviated, Marian Van Eyk McCain views menopause as an empowering experience that women can use for personal growth. Artfully interweaving her research, years of clinical experience, and her personal perceptions of menopause to create an inspiring new vision of the change of life. She goes well beyond a discussion of hormones and hot flashes to uncover the deep emotional and spiritual significance of this time in women's lives.
This book is not only about change on a personal or physical level but in society as well. McCain lays out historical and cross-cultural beliefs about menstruation and menopause and the attitudes surrounding them (from taboos to reverence) and points out that in our modern society women most often either try to ignore or make it through this essential period of womanhood in order to compete in a man's world on male terms. In tune with recent feminist thought, the author says there is a new womanpower emerging, which means that it is time for women to honor their natural cycles. There is no other book that combines the insights, inspiration, and wealth of information contained in this work. It is an important book for the alternative-minded baby-boom generation who are seeking new ways to approach middle age.
Thank you Bergin and Garvey for again publishing an heirloom quality book honoring the pathways of women. Add this book to your womancare library.Surveillant
This book will provide rewarding reading for menopausal women who find that accounts of physical changes are inadequate when measured against what menopause signifies for them personally.Feminist Collections
I loved this book, and will use it in my work with midlife women.Sadja Greenwood, M.D. Author of Menopause, Naturally Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences University of California
"Beautifully written, this is the only book that talks about menopause without reference to hormone therapy. Very insightful with a holistic approach, this is a must companion for every woman in menopause. of passage and using it to create a positive change in their lives." --Library Journal
"[This] is by far the most wise and thought provoking book on menopause that I have ever read. It is must reading for every woman who dares to meet the challenges of menopause fully and consciously." Christiane Northrup, M.D. The first holistic perspective on menopause, this book explores how the "change of life" can empower women. Drawing from years of research and clinical work, McCain sees more in menopause than the sum of its psychological and emotional parts: the change is a rite of passage, a prime opportunity for emotional and spiritual growth. McCain explains how Western metaphors for growth are linear, and, by using Eastern concepts of circularity and reflecting upon the real experience of women, she paints a truly alternative picture.
This is by far the most wise and thought provoking book on menopause that I have ever read. It is must reading for every woman who dares to meet the challenges of menopause fully and consciously. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -180) and index.
About the Author
MARIAN VAN EYK MCCAIN is a social worker, educator, and transpersonal counselor with a special interest in women's studies. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Table of Contents
Introduction--The Inward Spiral
What is Menopause?
Who Am I? What Am I Made Of?
Who Am I? What Do I Think?
Who Am I? What Do I Feel?
Time of Transition: The Common Themes of Menopause
Who Am I Really?
Who Am I Becoming?
Living the Menopause
Free as a Butterfly