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A Sabbath Life: A Woman's Search for Wholeness
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher North Point Pr
Publication date April 1, 2001
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780865475984
ISBN-10 0865475989
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $24.00
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Summaries and Reviews
A successful writer and committed feminist's search for spiritual wholeness after a career crisis, the sudden death of her brother, and the birth of her son moves her to seek out a range of remarkable women who are consciously tryng to live in balance. (view table of contents) description: Product Description: This is the story of a journey of awakening and change. My intention is to share with other women my efforts to achieve in my middle years a new wholeness that I did not know (and didn't care to find) as a younger woman. Simply by listening to my inner soundings, and to the many inspiring women whom I have met over the past few years, I have learned what it means to genuinely honor the Self. Today I live a life not as the culture would have me live it, but as I understand its underlying purposes and callings from within. 

Success is a manifold and changing thing. When women embrace their own ways -- their ways of seeing and attempting to influence the realities around them, their norms of what is sacred, their seasons -- they create lives that are varied, abundant, fruitful, and at day's end rich in wisdom and peace. Sabbath lives. In honoring what makes them women, they transform the world around them. 

I began to suspect that achievement could take a form uniquely as a woman . . . and that it might contribute something of singular and irreplaceable value to the culture in which I live.

A successful writer and a committed feminist, at forty, Kathleen Hirsch suddenly finds herself at odds with the life she has constructed, restless and longing for a nameless "something more." Unable to trek to Tibet or retreat to a cabin in the woods, she enters a long season of reflection in the midst of her everyday life. How, she begins to ask, can busy women's lives be more spiritually alive and whole? How, in our most productive years, can we reclaim what we sacrificed in the earlier struggle for success? Hirsch looks back to the defining friendship of her young adult years and examines the very different choices she and her best friend, a poet, have made. A series of unexpected losses and the long-awaited birth of a child, all in a year's time, deepen her probing. Her search gradually impels her to seek out a range of remarkable spiritually and socially attuned women who are consciously trying to live more balanced and integrated lives. They lead her to conclusions that will inspire many women who at midlife are seeking a deeper and more abiding wholeness. 

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from North Point Pr (April 1, 2001)
9780865475984 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $24.00
About: Describes a woman's spiritual journey to achieve wisdom and peace during her middle years by examining her life, choices, and friendships.
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9780374528713 | details & prices | 226 pages | 5.25 × 9.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.68 lbs | List price $20.00

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