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“This is the most inspiring and optimistic book I’ve read in years. It tells how women working together can bring us peace and save the planet.”—Isabel Allende
Jean Shinoda Bolen’s unique combination of visionary thinking and practical how-to seeks to galvanize the power of women acting together in order to save our world. Bolen outlines the lessons we can learn from the women’s movement, draws on Jungian psychology and the sacred feminine, and gives powerful examples of women coming together all over the globe to make a significant impact. Her life’s work—which includes her Jungian-inspired insights in The Tao of Psychology, her bestseller Goddesses in Every Woman, Crones Don’t Whine, and The Millionth Circle—culminates in this timely book, Urgent Message from Mother.
“A book whose time has come. Our earth home and all forms of life in it are at grave risk. We men have had our turn and made a proper mess of things. We need women to save us. I pray that many will read Bolen’s work and be inspired then to act appropriately. Time is running out.”—Desmond Tutu
“Always urging us into circle and into peace, the healing power of Jean Shinoda Bolen’s work and thought transforms all who will allow encounter. Jean never tires of wanting, and working for, our freedom, our healing and our health.”—Alice Walker
“Jean Shinoda Bolen shows us how the cult of masculinity is endangering us all. Women and men are equally human and fallible but at least women don’t have our masculinity to prove—and that alone may make us the main saviors of this fragile Spaceship Earth.”—Gloria Steinem
"Gather the women," says Jungian analyst Bolen, is "an urgent message from Mother to her Daughters," a call for the women's movement (after the suffragists and the movement of the 1960s and 70s Bolen calls this third movement "the women's peace movement") to end conflict and violence in the world. Drawing on the archetypal gender differences she elaborated on in Goddesses in Everywoman and Gods in Everyman, Bolen believes women have the nurturing and caring gifts that the world needs right now. But Bolen, who is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California Medical Center, draws on scientific research showing that women's brains make them better able to be "whole people," able to develop both their intellectual and emotional sides, and thus better able to respond to the needs of children and the suffering world as a whole. Bolen's history of the relationship between patriarchy, authoritarianism and violence focuses only on the three monotheistic religions, overlooking the history of warfare in Asia; and she is not fully correct in saying that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have banished the Sacred Feminine; the Jewish conception of God does incorporate a feminine side (the Shekhinah), and the Virgin Mary is certainly a sacred maternal presence in Christianity. Nevertheless, women attracted to Bolen's Jungian and spiritual approach will find inspiration and sustenance here.