Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul

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Press: Sounds True, Incorporated (September 28, 2011)
Author Name:Estes, Clarissa Pinkola


Call her Our Lady, La Nuestra Se ora, Holy Mother or one of her thousands of other names," says Dr. 
Est s.
"She wears hundreds of costumes, dozens of skin tones, is patroness of deserts, mountains, stars and oceans.
Thus she comes to us in billions of images, but at her center, she is the Great Immaculate Heart." With Untie the Strong Woman, Dr.
Clarissa Pinkola Est?'s invites us to reconnect with "the fierce and loving Blessed Mother who is friendly, but never tame she who flies to our aid when the road is long and our hearts are broken, ever ready to rekindle the inner fire of our creative souls."In her first book in more than a decade, Dr.
Est?'s illuminates Our Lady through blessings, images, and narrative, including: Stories of connecting with the Blessed Mother, including "Meeting the Lady in Red," and "Untie the Strong Woman" Blessed Mother's many images from around the world, including "Litany of The Mother Road: A Chant of Her Incandescent Names;" "A Man Named

About the Author

Clarissa Pinkola Estes was born in Indiana in 1943 to parents of Spanish and Mexican ancestry, but was later adopted by Hungarian immigrants. 
She received her Ph.D.
from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was certified as a Jungian analyst in 1984.
She worked as a psychoanalyst in private practice and developed and taught the Writing as Liberation of the Spirit program in state and federal prisons.
Estes served as executive director of the C.G.
Jung Center for Education and Research and cofounded and codirected Colorado Authors for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights.
One of Estes's better-known writings, Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (1992), is drawn from tales and myths she heard firsthand from members of such cultures as Asian, Mexican, African, and Greek.
She also wrote The Gift of Story (1993).
Her books can be found indexed under Psychology, Women's Studies, Mythology, Spiritual Development, and Poetry.


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  •     Beautiful story, like always eloquent and thought provoking.
  •     I have been a follower/student of Dr.CPE since the publication of "Women Who Run With the Wolves," and "Untie the Strong Woman" was certainly no disappointment! Being raised Southern Baptist, we "had no truck" with Divine Mother, and in fact considered devotion to and reverence for any form of the Divine Feminine to be heresy and/or idolatry,which I'm sure would have been, and was, a stoning offense in times past! Dr. Estes writes so beautifully, with depth and a deep love regarding the Divine Feminine, no matter where she is found or in what form, that it has helped me see with new eyes. So if you're searching for a spiritual journey that offers strength, compassion, and uncompromising love without judgment and condemnation, you might want to consider a walk through this book with the Holy Mother.
  •     So full of compassion and heart; Clarissa Pinkola Estes IS a Blessed Mother.
  •     Pretty boring. You have to be religious to enjoy this book and probably have blind faith. I liked only one chapter that was related to her telling stories in a jail.
  •     Did not like it.
  •     I'm a couple chapters in . As always, Clarissas work is inspiring
  •     Estes does it again with an incredible book since reading "women who run with the wolves". I highly recommend this book for all women as it is so affirming of strength...
  •     Every year there's a book that absolutely changes my life and this year, this was it!
  •     If there were a higher rating, I would have chosen it. I bought this second copy for a young male friend. Clarissa is THE voice for leading world citizens out of a pathological, macho male, destructive world society into the only possible future for humanity to survive. Our boys and girls do not have to be taught to hate and kill so the conquerors can keep spreading. Nation after nation being turned into slaves.The Blessed Mother was co-opted by institutions and turned into a meek, submissive woman. Clarissa reintroduces us to the Strong Woman who has as many names as cultures that have remembered the archetype of mother means to gather, nourish, protect her children. I prayed with many images of "The Mother at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Our Lady of Guadalupe who spoke to Juan Diego and Las Sedas, the maize mother, who protects victims of wars and conquest, speak the loudest to me today. In this time, when our dreamers are being arrested, tortured and murdered, she will gather the survivors. They will arise, stand up, go forth and love life back into being. We can imagine a future with peace.Today as I write this, peoples are celebrating the birth of Light into the Roman Empire. He was the one who would lead the people back into living life together as a human family. And his mother had to say yes. Yes, Untie the Strong Woman. Bind up the strong man. Lead us to Peace. And remember, men are responding to the call to love. Love is not a "woman's thing." Men can cry and pick up the victims of tyranny.
  •     The publication of this book has some big drawbacks: the photos on matte paper are of a very low quality. You can only guess about the details looking at the photos.
  •     Unfortunately this book falls short of what I expected. If you're looking for work that comes close to matching the quality of Women Who Run with the Wolves, this is not the book,...
  •     came fast. hardcover with book cover in great condition
  •     This wonderful book defies any simple review. Its difficult to confine to any summary or set of words other than the author's own. It is broad, deep, elegantly simple at times and then profoundly complex all on the same page. A totally different experience, ever richer, unpacks on each encounter I've had so far. Its heart-breaking, heart-mending and heart-opening.So...Instead it makes more sense to me to speak about what happens when one meets the book, encounters the author's voice, and through her enters the presence of the Strong Woman she so passionately introduces now to the rest of the world. Regardless of our faith or lack thereof, our gender, our culture, or our political creed.I started to preorder this weeks ago out of curiousity, but largely skeptical. Discussion of the mother archetype and such religious themes carries echos of familiarity from either my upbringing or academic past. Some have been decidedly not pleasant. And for the most part I would say I'm not very comfortable "believing" in them -- particularly if I sense persuasive efforts to press me into cooperation with a view held by one particular organized or institutionalized version. My preferred entrance into the spiritual, sacred, or holy is more easily recognized in the nonverbal world of nature. Nonetheless, I have greatly enjoyed and benefited from several other works from Dr. Estes. These convinced me that her newest book, UnTie the Strong Woman, might be quite different than my expectations. Indeed, it is not like any other book I have ever encountered.In brief, because there is so much for each person to individually discover on their own, and not wishing to spoil any secrets I will just say that I was awe-struck by the following:1. This book and its message radiates beauty. From cover to cover. Not just the dust jacket. But a collection of beautiful color images generously dispersed throughout the book that clearly amplifies the stories, the intention, the quality, and wisdom that the author has refined over years in order to communicate her passionate love for Our Lady, Blessed Mother, the Source with many names.2. The hope and realness that permeates shared portions of Dr. Este's personal journey, revealed more here than I've seen in previous books. And even more ... the genuine respect, compassion and love she passes along to her readers. I've not found any boasting -- but instead a quiet, persistent, incredibly skilled poetic manner in which she gives flesh and blood to her conviction that the Blessed Mother loves the Wild Soul in all beings.3. It has a unique design and quality that meets me where I am at the moment and expands tenderly to reach my soul. It doesn't have to be read cover to cover. More like interacting with the Dao De Jing or creating a sand-tray. A story that fits is often right where it falls open, as if it calls.I'll want to visit over and over. Am thinking this is a text to be treasured the rest of my lifetime. I feel no coercion. Refreshing, even when it reaches to the dirt, grit and blood of life and death -- lending meaning and greater purpose to some of humanities darkest hours and its most joyous celebrations. Though in my younger years certain words/phrases used to flow easily from my mouth, too easily, too empty and too trained so that I rarely am comfortable uttering them now ... this is one occasion in which they feel required. Hence, while reading this book I feel I am indeed "Standing on Holy Ground", experiencing sacred cries and community across centuries and cultures. UnTie the Strong Woman -- it is a Gift to us, to me. One I know I will be sharing.________________The preceding review is for the printed hardcover book. The CD audiobook is clearly and closely related, but in my view a work all its own, with some important gifts and differences from the printed text. It is NOT simply a recording of the author reading her book page after page. I find substantial value in the character and art work of both. Unfortunately, Amazon is organized in such a way that we cannot enter separate reviews for both works. Thus, for those interested, please look under comments for information about the CD collection.
  •     This set of discs is amazing. It is many things: a wonderful collection of stories from different cultures; an exposition on the archetype of the Mother; and a courageous work of love for and explanation about the Blessed Mother as revered in the Catholic faith. Many times, I believe, those raised as Catholics may find the doctrine of the Blessed Mother too "hot" to touch psychologically. If you are one of these, this set of discs will re-introduce you to the sacred and loving aspect that the traditional training may have lost. But this work is not only for Catholics; it is for all human beings. It will help you feel safe, and brings with it, as do all Clarissa Pinkola Estes' works, a sense of being enveloped in love. It helps us to explain, accept, and relate to one of the most basic and important of archetypes in the human experience. It helps us to accept that human experience.And, as a side-line, it is also, (almost by-the-way) a great tool for breaking apart prejudices and fears that one may not even know one has.This set of discs might feel a little more riske than some of the others, but it is definitely worth it!

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