At the Root of This Longing by Carol L. Flinders
Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst

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In At the Root of This Longing, Flinders identifies the four key points at which the paths of spirituality and feminism seem to collide—vowing silence vs. finding voice, relinquishing ego vs. establishing 'self', resisting desire vs. reclaiming the body, and enclosure vs. freedom—and sets out to discover not only the sources of these conflicts, but how they can be reconciled. With a sense of urgency brought on by events in her own life, Flinders deals with the alienation that women have experienced not only from themselves and each other, but from the sacred. She finds inspiration in the story of fourteenth-century mystic Julian of Norwich and her direct experience of God, in India's legendary Draupadi, who would not allow a brutal physical assault to damage her sense of personal power, as well as in Flinders's own experiences as a meditation teacher and practitioner. Flinders reveals that spirituality and feminism are not mutually exclusive at all but very much require one another.

 

About Carol L. Flinders

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Carol Lee Flinders, author of the highly acclaimed Enduring Grace and At the Root of This Longing and coauthor of the million-copy-bestselling Laurel's Kitchen, holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and is a well-known speaker and teacher who has taught writing and mystical literature courses at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 386 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In an intriguing combination of personal and scholarly prose, Flinders (Enduring Grace) works through the details of her attempt to reconcile the conflicts she found between her ""commitments to feminism"" and her ""spiritual path and practices."" Living most of her adult life in a ""spiritual co...

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Carol Lee Flinders, author of Enduring Grace and coauthor of the bestselling vegetarian cookbook Laurel's Kitchen, has struggled to reconcile her commitments to feminism and...

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