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Bare Your Soul: The Thinking Girl's Guide to Enlightenment
Whether raised within a specific belief system or warned against all things religious, young women today have been left with questions that dating guides and pop feminist theory cannot answer. This collection answers the call—a handbook for the soul that offers the wisdom and validation of how a variety of women negotiate an empowering spiritual existence in a pop-culture ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 4th 2002 by Seal Press
(first published October 14th 2002)
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Dec 06, 2007 Sam Grace rated it 5 of 5 stars
I love this book. It's one that I turn to for comfort and to feel good about the world and confident about my own ability to make my way in it. A collection of autobiographical essays by women from a variety of backgrounds (ethnic, socio-economic, religious) about coming to terms with what is spiritually right for them. There is no proselytizing, but the message in this thing is as clear as its title.
I don't really see this book as a "Guide", as this is a collection of women's individual spiritual jouneys. I really liked the pluralistic view of this book -- all religions and beliefs -- or lack thereof -- was acceptable. Overall, I didn't really relate to any of the stories told until two of the last three, so I'm glad I stuck it out. It was an interesting read, but there's better uses of time.
A fantasic collection of essays written by young women representing a wide range of beliefs, faiths, what have you. Some of the essays, of course, are better than others, but they all are very heartfelt and really speak to the struggles and experiences of the women who wrote them, as well as the women who read them, I would imagine.
Essays regarding individualized perspectives of almost every generalized type of religion or spirituality. It was a very interesting read, and I really enjoyed the focus on the choice inherent to living in any type of spirituality, rather than endorsing any singular idea.