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Goddess Matters Explores Mystical, Practical, Controversial Topics|
Goddess Matters: The Mystical, Practical, and Controversial
Author: Judith Laura [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Open Sea Press
Category: Pagan (Goddess spirituality) Level: Intermediate
Goddess Matters: The Mystical, Practical, & Controversial, presents an in-depth look at today’s global trends in Goddess spirituality and emerging Goddess religions. The book covers a wide range of topics, some of them rarely discussed in other books. These include contemporary Goddess temples and conferences, Goddess ethics, various controversies, approaches to sex, responses to natural disasters, emerging Goddess figures in Judaism and Christianity, and cutting edge thought that relates Goddess and science. The book also has chapters on intuitive and psychic work, death and the possibility of “afterlife, ” various approaches to spirituality and religion, and a look at the probable future of Goddess spirituality. There are also chapters with definitions of terms used to discuss religion, and words used to describe psychic work.
FROM THE BOOK'S INTRODUCTION:
. . . .Goddess Matters is divided into six sections. The first section, “Today’s Trends, ” opens with a chapter that gives a brief history of the awakening to female personification of deity in the 20th century, and then goes on to explore current challenges. Other chapters in this section look into the influence of the Unitarian Universalist course, “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven”; the search for a name for those for whom Goddess is primary; and the emergence of Goddess figures in Christianity and Judaism.
The second section, “Thealogy, ” gives brief definitions of words used to talk about deities and the divine; offers a way to understand “Goddess” in addition to concrete representation, a way that may be more compatible with science and other contemporary views; describes Goddess ethics and their sources; suggests how to meet challenges to faith; and offers ways to recognize what your spiritual approach is as well as identify the approaches of others.
In the third section, “Controversial Words, ” you will find opinions on uses of some terms that not all Goddess folks agree with.
The fourth section, “Metaphysics, ” covers topics that are proposed by or shared with other spiritual paths, such as the notion that we create reality; psychic or intuitive experiences; a theory of how one form of divination, tarot reading, works; “channeling” and how it differs from other ways of receiving spiritual or creative information; and whether there is life after physical death. This section also includes a chapter with definitions of various words used to discuss psychic experiences and activities.
The fifth section, called “Practical Thealogy & Applied Metaphysics, ” relates the material from the second and fourth sections to more commonplace, everyday situations. Its chapters discuss how Goddess groups can better accommodate those with physical disabilities; how our Goddess assumptions affect our approach to sex. . . ; how we personally respond to deaths of friends; and. . .the beginning of the passing of the generation that brought us what is commonly called “second wave feminism, ” including forms of spiritual feminism.
The book’s last section, “Looking Forward, ” includes an in-depth look at Goddess temples, and other growth trends. The final chapter looks at cutting edge thought of several Goddess authors, presenting concepts some people may find surprising in a Goddess context. . . .
From some reviews:
"This is a lucid, well-written and engaging book, and a timely one, bringing together many different aspects of the current Goddess movement and doing so in a way that encourages thought and discussion. . . I dare say the book will become even more useful as the years pass. . . .there’s discussion of thealogy, usefully giving us definitions and ways to understand “Goddess” both theologically and sociologically. Judith Laura isn’t afraid to deal with controversial material and meet challenges and I’m grateful for that....I’d recommend it to all kinds of people – anyone studying Goddess, who wants to understand the past and learn how the current Goddess spirituality movement got started, but even more so to anyone who wants to think about where we’re going, and how we can all influence that direction."
~Geraldine Charles, Goddess Pages, Winter 2012
"....The author, who has long experience in the Goddess movement as both a participant and a writer, has written a forward-thinking text about what Goddess spirituality is and what it can become in the next few decades.
Laura champions the evolution of Goddess spirituality into a legitimate religion with a concern for inclusiveness in language and practice. . ."
~Linda Kerby, SageWoman, Spring 2012
More reviews and links to full reviews on judithlaura.com/gm.html
Author's Notes: Goddess Matters has been awarded two finalist awards (in the "spirituality: general" and "women's issues" categories) from the International Book Awards 2012.
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