This book is food for the soul. In each chapter, Clarissa Pinkola Estés explores a fairytale or myth from around the world and applies it to common problems or challenges that may accost us at various points in our lives. Through these stories she offers not only hope, but also tools with which to equip and heal ourselves.
Now, I know this book is primarily aimed at women but I want to assure gentlemen readers that it will benefit you, too. The issues that Women Who Run With The Wolves addresses are almost universal to those who are sensitive, self-aware or soul-searching; women will recognise themselves while men will recognise their loved ones and their own feral, feminine natures.
Women Who Run With The Wolves introduces us to the Wild Woman, an anthropomorphic representation of our instinctive, intuitive nature. Each chapter explores another facet of our “wild side” and teaches us how to access the Wild Woman.
The author’s style is casual and friendly; she takes care to explain things a reader may not be familiar with without ever being patronising. This is a lively read, but be aware that like a rich meal, it takes time to digest! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reading a chapter only to put the book down for days, even weeks, in order to fully absorb and contemplate the information (and hopefully personal epiphanies) that has just been revealed to you.
Reading Women Who Run With The Wolves will change you, and it is a book that you will return to again and again. Each time you read it you will discover something new about the book and about yourself.
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