"There is a promise Holy Mother makes to us," explains Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, "that any soul needing comfort, vision, guidance or strength, can cry out to her, flee to her protection, and Blessed Mother will immediately arrive with veils flying. She will place us under her mantle for refuge, and give us the warmth of her most compassionate touch, and strong guidance about how to go by the soul's lights." Untie the Strong Woman is Dr. Estes' invitation to come together under the shelter of The Mother - whether she appears to us as the Madonna, Our Lady of Guadalupe, or any one of her countless guises.
©2011 Clarissa Pinkola Estes (P)2011 Sounds True
Yes. This is the kind of book that audio books were created for. The author seems to be speaking to me rather than reading her book. I could read it but I don't know if I would have imagined some of her emphasis. And she has a masterful 'pause' that couldn't possibly come out in a book.
Her previous book, Women Who Run With Wolves. I haven't been downloading audiobooks long enough to have a huge history with how other authors have read their books.
Her voice is hypnotic. The words are evocative. I thought I could listen to this book and work at the same time. I actually just sat back and drank my tea - and listened.
Awaken the Holy Mother.
This is a truly unique audiobook experience. I highly recommend it.
I've listened several times already. There's so much more being said in this book than the words would lead us to believe. Each time I listen, I am allowed to drop into a deeper layer of understanding.
Her voice. CPE's voice, her slight accent, the way we are allowed to hear words form in her mouth, the way she laughs, and lets you feel as though you *could* be listening to your grandmother telling her own stories - this reading of Untie the Strong Woman is a Soul-balm, soothing, comforting and captivating.
I only gave 4 stars for the reading because it is a bit soft - which may be an enhancement, lending to the atmosphere if you can listen in an quiet environment. For me, in my car, or at the computer in the office, it's a bit tricky to get the volume balanced.
I'm a Catholic, and was expecting this to be more in the line of Catholic teaching on Mary. It is not. It very well may be Mexican tradition of Mary. The first part I can very much identify as I believe to have been visited in a dream by the Holy Mother during a difficult time in my life. But the writer goes too far into non Catholic teaching and crosses into paganism. Clearly she's very passionate about our Holy Mother. But she lost me in the second section as she got off track, and ended up making this more about Mexican spirituality and less about Jesus and His mother.
First, let me say that I truly cannot imagine hearing this book read in any other voice than the soothing, almost ethereal, yet giving of life, sound of Clarissa Pinkola Estes'.
I listened to it with my three children, a teen son, and daughters of 10 and 7 years. Each child was moved in unique ways, but my daughters continue to carry the Strong Woman within their hearts, and minds, months later, composing songs of her many names and faces, dances of fully realized movements, and the light of her divinity shining through it all.
I wept, more than once, and for the first time in 23 years brought her image back into my home, freed my tiny book of psalms covered in Ivory, and an imprinted gold image of Our Lady, for my babies to see.
This book awoke something within me, something ancient, something of home.
Unlike most I skipped over Women Who Run With the Wolves to begin with this instead. One chapter in, and I used all of my stored credits to buy her other books, and relocated my hard copy of Wolves.
Radiant. Vibrant. Healing. Moving. Educating.
I wish only that it may have gone on forever, while still I can hardly wait to begin her next book. She is a profoundly relevant, and deeply gifted writer, and storyteller.
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