Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise

Author(s): Donna Freitas


Today's young women are smart, educated, career-oriented, and maybe a little bit fashion-obsessed. So where does the spiritual life fit in? Drawing on the stories of popular heroines such as Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, this work combines wisdom from a variety of spiritual traditions, giving women a fresh model for the spiritual journey.


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" is the perfect book on spirituality... Freitas delights with her Bridget-inspired voice." (Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2004)

Donna Freitas is a professor of spirituality at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont, and the owner of an enviable shoe collection. Her research and speaking center on pop culture and women's spirituality.

Acknowledgments.Introduction.Bridget Jones: Not Your Average Spiritual Sage.1. The Confessions of a (Neurotic) Diary-Keeper Why Telling Our Stories Is a Spiritual Act.2. Real Feminists Don't Wear Pink-or Do They? Making Spirituality Fit for Chicks (in Kitten Heels).3. "Oh God, Why Am I So Unattractive?" Understanding the Body as Spiritual Temple, Not Grotesque Obstacle.4. "Forgive Us Our Trespasses!" When It Comes to Vice, We Shall Flourish as Tulips!5. "Am Irresistible Sex Goddess! Hurrah!" When Shagging and Snogging Are Divine.6. "Up the Fireman's Pole" Career as Spiritually Liberating or Bane of Existence?7. Bread and Wine Among Friends Finding Spiritual Community at a Local Bar.8. "Have You Noticed Anything Odd About Your Mother?" Facing Family, Martyr Mums, and Smug Marital Obsessions on the Road to Enlightenment.9. Tick-Tock Goes the Biological Clock Is Chick Mummyhood a Divine Fantasy or Just Religious Fiction?10. All Goddesses Have a Romantic Side (or Ten) Love, Mr. Darcy, and Loving Mr. Darcy.11. "Human Beings Are Like Streams of Water" Self-Help, Inner Poise, and Spiritual Epiphany.Epilogue.Laughing All the Way to My Debutante Ball.A Reader's Guide to the Heroines of Chick Lit.The Syllabus You Won't Find in a Course on Feminist Studies.Kindred Spirits.Conversations with Some V. Cool Real-Life Chicks: Katrina Markoff, Meg Cabot, Amy Richards, and Jennifer Baumgardner.Notes.The Author.

General Fields

  • : 9780787976286
  • : wiley
  • : wiley
  • : November 2004
  • : United States
  • : books

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  • : Donna Freitas
  • : Paperback
  • : 248.843
  • : 272