The Internet clicks on, but summer vacations and books go together like “peas and carrots,” as Forrest might say. If you’re looking to read about childlessness, or dive into another’s NotMom’s personal story, click on the right-margin widget for Amazon.
For something more, The NotMom writer Laura LaVoie recently had the smart idea to write a post sharing 3 books that inspired her and even shifted her entire worldview.
With Laura’s choices, and recommendations from readers, we’ve got a nice little list going. I’ve already downloaded one to my Kindle. As for my own selections, I had to think about it for a while. I’ve read a lot of good books. When my brain popped up with these three, I’d muttered “Oh yeah!” out loud. That’s a good sign, right?
In reflection, just now as I begin to type their titles, I realize the 3 books that laid me flat then lifted me up are about femininity. Feminine power, to be exact. I’ve re-read each of them at least twice.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
This is the tale of Camelot and King Arthur, again. You’ve probably read or seen a dozen versions, but this is the women’s point-of-view. What women, you ask? Morgan LeFay, Viviane, Gwenhwyfar (old Welsh for Guinevere), several goddesses and more. It’s probably best if you do know the basic story already – all the more jarring when it’s revealed that women were in charge all along.
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
The woman who suggested this book to me at a retreat omitted its tagline: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine. That sums up the author’s journey from Southern Baptist to someone with religious curiosity and frustration with patriarchal traditions. This book definitely changed me – and I haven’t looked at snakes the same way since I read it. You might recognize the author from her best-selling fiction, The Secret Life of Bees.
The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
If all you know of Ms. Walker is The Color Purple, go deeper. Through complex and amazing characters, times and places (pre-colonial Africa to post-slavery North Carolina to modern San Francisco), she connects lives, races and histories with underlying messages on life and faith. It will leave you in thought long after you finish.
Do you have a book or three that shook you up…in a good way? Please share!