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Woman's Worth

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With A WOMAN'S WORTH, Marianne Williamson turns her charismatic voice--and the same empowering, spiritually enlightening wisdom that energized her landmark work, A RETURN TO LOVE-- to exploring the crucial role of women in the world today. Drawing deeply and candidly on her own experiences, the author illuminates her thought-provoking positions on such issues as beauty and...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 8th 1994 by Ballantine Books (first published 1992)
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Sharon Jones
One of my favorite books!

Love Marianne Williamson!! Proverbs 31:10b PRICELESS:-)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel inse...more
Aman
When you've gone to hell and made it back - this book speaks to you because it's about the path back. It's more about breaking free, finding joy, finding yourself, and learning to love yourself. Being a woman in a patriarchal society ends up being an adventure that tests every strength a woman is born with and toys with every weakness that was created by the world. It's a great book to show you the most positive productive path to attaining your worth as a woman. Very empowering for a sensitive...more
Katrina
Some of her writing and ideas seem a little too much for me. Too needy or whiny or something like that. Still, there are some great moments in this book and my favorite quote of all time, which has been attributed to Nelson Mandela, but is actually hers:
"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?" Actually, wh...more
Leslie Raddatz

A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson

I see how my experiences in life are true to this process of being the princess and ultimately entering into the Queen stage of life.

Example:
I experienced a lot of severe parental neglect, physical, emotional, sexual abuse: molestation and rape. I developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, somatization and conversion disorders. For a long time, I was unhappy and felt like a victim. As I went through therapy and started to heal and understand Post Traumatic...more
Cat
I read this book as a teenager, and I am glad I did so. It really made me take a second look at how I valued myself. At the time, and throughout the 13 years since then I have often given it as a gift to female friends. One of the things I liked most about it was that it was a spiritual book, and non denominational for the most part. When reading it I always felt like I was having a cup of tea with an old friend who has some really good advice on caring for ourselves.
Patty Vela
I read this book while in London....I read it over and over and over and over. It has been years since I picked it up...but it feels like the right time. Anyhow....my dog keeps bringing it to me....she thinks I need to read it too. This book changed my life during a time when my life was changing. It was a beautiful, fortuitous combination. God bless Marianne Williamson!
Jody Goode
I read this book for the first time 20 years ago. It was interesting to read it again, during a different era in my life. I think it resonated with me even more the second time through. We do grow more spiritual and reflective as we grow older, it is true.

The author seeks to explore and redefine the value of women in the many roles that our society often over looks. She does it well. After all, our roles in the workplace are not the only ones that matter. It is the other hats that we all wear as...more
Shannon
Thought-provoking! While some of Williamson's points spoke to me more than others, she definitely inspired me to think and explore my thoughts and feelings about myself. I read A Woman's Worth about 20 years ago, and, after a colleague mentioned re-reading Williamson, I decided to pick this book up again last week. I remembered reading this book just out of college and feeling totally and completely empowered by it. With this reading, at this age, I found myself pondering things more ... William...more
Yelda
As women we can sell ourselves short as mothers, wives, lovers, friends and employees. Marianne Williamson is our biggest advocate, reminding us that we are worth far more than we allow ourselves to acknowledge. It's easy for women to sacrifice, getting lost in a sea of needs, losing ourselves in others, forgetting our power as creative beings.

I think A Woman's Worth should be assigned reading for every woman.

This is the third book of Williamson's that I've read. I see this book as a 140-page e...more
Ileana
"When we love a man, we love from the bottom of all souls, from our source, from the center of things, from God. If men only knew what a blessing our love is. Ad if we only knew what a blessing it is to be loved by them. To say "I love you" and to mean it is the same thing as saying "God bless you."
Marcea
I’m not certain I could do this book justice trying to paraphrase its lessons. She speaks of why each woman must develop the aspects of the Queen or the Goddess within herself – cultivate the divine power that is her destiny. Coincidentally the bookmark I used is the Mary Englebreit’s rendering of the towhead blond girl on the throne that says ‘It’s good to be Queen’ – I have the same print as a puzzle glued in matted in my kitchen. I bought it partly for the legend of the band I loved (love) so...more
Musemarya
Personal Power, embracing the feminine, be true to yourself. Got some great quotes too.
Liucija
I loved this book!

It is so hard to describe the feelings of utter inspiration and power that you can feel as you read this amazing little book. Our worth as women has been completely ignored by society, our culture and by women themselves. I love the fact that Marianne Williamson, tackles the issues clearly and concisely calling out women who been killing the Goddess through their own participation within a patriarchal oppressive system. This book is truly a feminist book. This book is essentia...more
Sandy
Marianna Williamson has captured in this deceptively small book a number of very powerful thoughts on the "coming of age of women." She is an amazing lecturer and an equally intriguing writer regarding all matters pertaining to human spiritual awakening. Her work echoes a growing number of spiritual leaders who see the signs of a strong woman archetype being birthed into humanity. Williamson points out that, although women are coming into their own, there is still much work and responsibility fo...more
Samantha
This is one of those books that my mom gave me when I was about 14 years old and I keep returning to it again and again in critical moments. It's a salve when you are healing from something. I would not recommend this to anyone who doesn't have an open spot in their hearts with room for New Age ideas and psychology, however. Williamson speaks from a decidedly feminine standpoint about all the rites of passage that we - or rather, all females - undergo throughout our lifetimes. It's definitely a...more
MotherCrow
I loved this book at first, the encouragement, the wisdom that women should under all circumstances support one another. Then I got to the page where she refers to certain women as sluts and whores (and then she does it again! in the next chapter). I picked up this book because of her other compassionate, wise, powerful writing, but this one doesn't quite fit. It's uplifting in places, yet preachy and judgmental in others. If we are going to uplift all women then we need to be compassionate towa...more
Stephanie
I am having a hard time with this book. It's what my "spiritual book club" chose for the month, and it's feeling a little self-righteous and maybe even whiny for me.

It's not totally without value however, here's one I liked:

It's as if God has said, "Here. Feel this," and we don't know whether he said that because he is angry at us or because he loves us.

But, truly, I feel like this book was written for the generations who were born before me, women for whom the idea of being glorious and true t...more
Zafirah Muhammad
I really liked this book. As I say with my youngest daughter when we co-sign each others statements "holla at yo girl"!!!!! So glad I read it. Several of the thoughts I have in my head are in this book. I recommend this book to my daughters because they are princess on the way to be becoming a queen. But me I am in Queen phase of my life and loving every minute of it. This book is a great book to read and wait five years and read again because I bet it will affect you differently each time you r...more
Liz
Someone whose writing I read on the Internet regularly had made reference to Williamson and her ideas and I wasn't familiar with her, but was interested in understanding the references he was making. I chose this book as it seemed the least religious of the list at the library.

I am unsure how I feel about the whole spiritual aspect of this but I have found some spot on points made. Certain parts I read and I think "Marianne, you sure have got my number"

The first ten pages were incredibly difficu...more
Debra Albonaimi
I would have to say that this is not one of my favorites by her, although the cover is beautiful.
The essence of this book is the recognition of the feminine nature in all of us regardless of gender. Williamson believes that we have lost this nature in our present society as all predominant mechanisms are based in the male essence that still prevades in our relationships today.
She did make a good point in that for most women in positions of power or influence, we still have this fallacy of the ne...more
Catherine Datuin
This book will help you remember that you are a queen. One of my favorites!
Natasha
I had received this book as a Christmas present this year and had never heard of it before or the author. I struggled through the first chapter and thought on a few occasions that this author was a bit eccentric. However, by the end of the third chapter I was fully interested. The author presented a perspective regarding the purpose of women that I have held for some time but have been unable to formulate concisely. By the end of this book I felt uplifted, hopeful, and energized. I will be out s...more
Angelica Taggart
An oldie but a goodie. Our book circle chose this book to honor Marianne Williamson's political journey --- and learned a lot about ourselves in doing so. Good information for today's woman.
Brenda
Apr 06, 2007 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women and Men
"More women cry, loudly or silently, every fraction of every moment, in every town of the every country, than anyone --- man or woman --- realizes. We cry for our children, our lovers, our parents, and ourselves. We cry in shame because we feel no right to cry, and we cry in peace because we feel it’s time we did cry. We cry in moans and we cry in great yelps. We cry for the world. Yet we think we cry alone." Pg. 3-4

…oppressive forces…have no power in the face of a woman who knows she is a queen...more
Lisa
Marianne motivates, encourages, and challenges women and men to expand their way of thinking in regards to the state of our society as a reflection of the way women are respected, honored, and treated by both men and women. It's a definite, "get up off your asses and take on the responsibility to making change happen" kind of read. I was personally left feeling empowered and in control of the way I value my worth as a woman and what that means to every man, woman, and child I come in contact wit...more
Lynn Wilson
A straight forward no nonsense call to respect the feminine in ourselves and in our society.
She does not pull any punches in her critique of a society that places profit above spiritual and emotional needs. Nothing new, but it's a wonderful reminder; especially to those of us who lived through the 60's and have been disheartened by the backwards turn our society seems to have taken since then. It's a book that affirms once again the need to return to love and spirituality as our primary values.
Aaron
No one woman can tell you your worth. She contradicts herself in the book about the only one point she really makes concerning what she THINKS women want and cannot handle relating to work and success. Her stories only disregard the entire population of women but her idealisitic veiw. It sounds like a bunch of complaining to me. The way the entire population of women express and orient themselves should be honored as their free will based upon their values, beliefs and worth not Williamson's.
Radell
Marianne Williamson needs to get into Congress! http://www.marianneforcongress.com/
Gwenyth Crabtree
Like a really long essay on being a woman (a little past and present and a lot of future; how it should be). Sort of like a fashion-magazine in that the whole purpose seems to be to advise rather than inspire thought, but at least it is from a consciously female point of view. Conventional groupings of "masculine" and "feminine" traits, with the thesis that both aspects are present in every whole person and the feminine should not be considered weak nor unimportant.
Nancy Lynn Martin
Awesome book about toxic relationships and how we are tested. There are lessons to learn and healing takes place as we explore our experiences. Favorite quotation. "We suffer according to the level of our bullshit".
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Marianne Williamson is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace. She is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area.[2] She has published nine books, including f...more
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