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Books for Women

Thirteen Moons: Book of Women’s Wisdom; articles, information, art, poems, remedies, rituals, celebrations, stories & a 13 moons journal Paperback –
by Rachael Crow
Thirteen Moons is based on 13 Chapters, all celebrating Womens Wisdom and Womens Cycles: Red Moon: Sacred Blood, Maiden Moon: Ceremony, Ritual, Mother Moon: Celebration, Healers Moon: Wise Womens Herbs, Ancestor Moon: Moon Lodges and Red Tents, Honey Moon: Nurturing Foods, Crone Moon: Wildness of Woman, Goddess Moon: Quiet & Space Within, Sister Moon: Sharing Stories and Traditions, Warrior Moon: Standing Up For Your Truths, Wise Woman Moon: Advice & Tips, Harvest Moon: Sharing Creativity, Grandmother Moon: 13 Moons Journal Plus Contributors, Books and Resources.Each Chapter includes many articles, advice and healing tools to empower! A valuable book for all people with wombs…young and old!

The Wild Genie: The Healing Power of Menstruation Paperback
by Alexandra Pope
Menstruation is power-the power of knowledge, understanding and love of your own mind, body and soul as a woman; the nourishment and nurturing of the Feminine-The Wild Genie. Immediately engaging and beautifully written by Alexandra Pope, The Wild Genie is a self-care guide for all women who want to enjoy their cyclical nature and experience a fulfilling and healthy life. It is also for parents who wish to pass on a positive experience of menstruation to their daughters, and for men to help them gain an insight into the world of women. The Wild Genie present a unique approach to menstruation that move beyond biology to restore a dignity and deep meaning to a woman’s cyclical nature. “…a courageous book…[that] is set to change the way a woman’s menstrual cycle is viewed in Western society. Pope’s vantage point has such resonance and potency as to be life-changing” Ruth Ostrow, The Weekend Australian

Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power
by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

As a woman you are coded for power, and the journey to realizing the fullness and beauty of that power – your Wild Power – lies in the rhythm and change of your menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle is a vital and vitalizing system in the female body, yet our understanding of and respect for this process is both limited and distorted. Few women really know about the physiology of their cycle, and many do not see it as an integral part of their health and wellbeing, let alone as a potential guide to emotional and spiritual empowerment.

Wild Power tells a radical new story about feminine power. It reveals:

· Your inner architecture and the path to power that is encoded in your body
· How to tune in to the rhythm and changes of your menstrual cycle to realize the fullness and beauty of your authority
· Three ‘maps’ to guide you through the energies, tasks and challenges presented as you journey through each cycle
· How to work with your Inner Seasons to pace your energy, calm your nervous system and gain insight into your overall wellbeing
· How to work with your cycle to channel spiritual forces, affirm your expression in the world and achieve a deep sense of belonging

Written with humour, tenderness and practicality, and packed with women’s stories and quotes throughout, Wild Power will restore women to wholeness and reinstate the full majesty and grace of the Feminine.
Her Blood is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation Paperback –
by Lara Owen
We menstruate more now than at any time in human history. Girls are starting to menstruate earlier due to protein-rich diets and hormones in food; women are less likely to die young; we have fewer children and therefore spend less time not menstruating. Increased work and family stresses, in addition to more periods, mean that women are more physically and psychologically vulnerable to negative attitudes to menstruation. So it is more important than ever that we investigate ways to make our periods physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.

Love Your Lady Landscape: Trust Your Gut, Care for ‘Down There’ and Reclaim Your Fierce and Feminine SHE Power Paperback by Lisa Lister
There was a time, roughly 5000 years ago, when SHE Power reigned and lady landscapes were revered. A time when the space between a woman’s thighs was considered a power portal with a direct hook up to Source.

But for the last 2000 years, the potent powers of our wombs, our cyclic nature and our menstrual cycles have been disregarded. In modern times, this disconnect from the feminine cyclic experience is causing an epidemic of stress, emotional depletion and frustration, infertility and ‘down there’ pain and disease.

In Love Your Lady Landscape, Lisa Lister takes us on a revelatory journey through the terrain of what it is to be a woman. Packed with tools and practices to reconnect women to their feminine wisdom, this book will help you to:

– release guilt and shame from the past
– explore self-pleasure and sensuality
– learn about your menstrual cycle and its connection with the rhythms of nature
– discover the sacred art of receiving
– unleash your creativity
– find your voice to communicate your needs, wants and desires

This book will move you into a fiercely loving and healing relationship with your body, and teach you how to use its cycles and signs to create a life of vitality and fulfilment.

The Menstrual Cycle (Women and Psychology)  by Anne E. Walker
This is more about the actual menstruation and its relationship to women’s lives…not really appealing to young women but I found it interesting! Showing that women are neither the victims of raging hormonal fluctuations nor entirely unaffected by them, this text focuses on the menstrual cycle. It discusses the entire cycle rather than just part of it, and considers its relationship to women’s lives. Women’s own experiences in different cultures are contrasted with medical textbook descriptions.

The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation
By Karen Houppert
Karen combines an analysis of the “menstrual etiquette” fostered by ads, movies, novels, and magazines with reporting on the safety hazards of sanitary products. She shows us the devastating impact this unwarranted secrecy can have on women’s health and sense of self, and turns an irreverent eye to the “menstrual counterculture” it has spawned.

Red Moon by Miranda Gray
Miranda Gray writes a beautiful fairytale-like story about a girl’s first bleeding time that is instructive and insightful into the energies being born at this time and how to work with them. She also examines various fairy tales such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty explaining them as menarche stories. Finally, she goes into an in depth discussion of the four phases of a woman’s monthly cycle as it related to the moon cycle offering ideas for working with these energies/ phases

The New Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Health Book by and for Women. Angela Phillips& Jill Rakusen
This new edition of the book originally published in the 1970s discusses many difficult issues. As well as a symptoms guide to common medical problems, it includes an easy-to-follow description of the NHS structure, enabling women to recognize where they stand in an often confusing system.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
This book is a firm favourite of mine and is an epic celebration of womanhood, written for women everywhere, regardless of their status, creed or colour. It is the story of a woman whose life was blessed by great love and torn by tragedy, of the lessons she learned through her own experiences and those of the women, and men, whose lives she touched. The red tent is the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insider’s look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives.  Diamant has chosen as her leading lady a woman whose name alone conjures up echoes of mystery, passion and betrayal. The Red Tent is the fictional tale of Dinah, whose life, like the majority of women in the Old Testament, merits only a passing mention. It is the men in Dinah¹s life that history has remembered: her famous father Jacob, his dozen sons and especially her brother, Joseph and his technicolour dreamcoat. Not religious? Don’t worry, this biblical character and the story Anita Diamant has woven from the merest hints, will appeal to all.

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: The Complete Guide to Women’s Health and Wellbeing  by Christiane Northrup
Quite possibly every female over the age of 12 will find this huge book enlightening, pain saving, and perhaps even lifesaving. Think of it as a much more empowering and holistic Our Bodies, Ourselves. Northrup is a gynecologist who acknowledges the power of natural therapies and herbs, but also maintains that allopathic treatments, including surgery, are sometimes best. In Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom she covers the treatment of many physical concerns–among them PMS, menstrual cramps, breast cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, depression, childbirth, abortion, cystitis, and menopause–explaining how many of these physical problems have roots in emotional upsets. For example, a woman who is unhappy with her marriage may be infertile because deep down, she knows that her husband is not the right man to have children with; a teenager who has cramps may be having problems accepting society’s expectations of her as a woman. Some readers may be put off at first by Northrup’s obviously unconventional ways of thinking. Her medical approach is decidedly feminist, blaming our “addictive” and patriarchal society for many of the health problems plaguing women.
She clearly illustrates her ideas, however, by drawing upon two decades of experience from her medical practice and citing dozens of her patients’ remarkable personal stories. Northrup also delineates the best way to go about tuning in to one’s body and mind in order to start the healing process, a self-induced therapy of sorts. She also includes in the book a copy of the eye-opening health inventory she gives her clients. It includes unusual questions such as: “Are you bored with your life?” and: “Do you have enough friends or neighbours?” This book will be of special benefit to women who are pregnant or entering menopause. Northrup is an unequivocal believer in natural births and her dialogue on the birthing process will remove the fears of even the most petrified mother-to-be. She criticises episiotomies (she should know; she’s given birth without one) and supports midwifery. She also warns against the harmfulness of cesarean births and includes illustrations of acupressure points that help turn around a breech baby. For women in perimenopause or menopause, Northrup will help turn this life phase into one of peace and personal growth instead of one of suffering. She was one of the first doctors to use natural progesterone to treat menopausal symptoms.

Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World  by Jean Shinoda Bolen
“Gather the women,” says Jungian analyst Bolen, is “an urgent message from Mother to her Daughters,” a call for the women’s movement (after the suffragists and the movement of the 1960s and 70s Bolen calls this third movement “the women’s peace movement”) to end conflict and violence in the world. Drawing on the archetypal gender differences she elaborated on in Goddesses in Everywoman and Gods in Everyman, Bolen believes women have the nurturing and caring gifts that the world needs right now. But Bolen, who is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California Medical Centre, draws on scientific research showing that women’s brains make them better able to be “whole people,” able to develop both their intellectual and emotional sides, and thus better able to respond to the needs of children and the suffering world as a whole.
“The Healing Power of circles (whether women’s or men’s circles, reiki circles, prayer circles etc…) is extremely powerful and is spoken about in Jean Shinoda Bolen’s book –Urgent Message from the Mother- I heartily recommend taking a look! “

Books for Girls
Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood by K. Wind Hughes,
Twenty-one young women share life lessons, coming-of-age stories, and interviews with the remarkable women who influenced their growth.
A Toolbox for Our Daughters: Building Strength, Confidence and Integrity 
by Annette Geffert, Diane Brown Sensible strategies to build a girls self esteem, useful exercises for helping girls grow in their relationships with others, with their own inner lives and with our endangered world.

Celebrating Girls: Nurturing and Empowering Our Daughters by Virginia Beane Rutter
As girls grow up they may face many different dilemmas such as pregnancy at a young age or loss of self-esteem. This book offers practical tips to parents and other carers on how to support girls from infancy to adolescence, each chapter focusing on a different stage in a girl’s development.

Say What You Mean, Get What You Want by Tricia Kreitman,
Explaining to young people how to make a stand and assert themselves, this advice book deals with how to judge and evaluate situations and relationships, and how to develop negotiating skills. Each chapter is illustrated and explained with letters and accounts from real teenagers.

Soul Searching-A girls guide to finding herself by Sarah Stillman
Written by a 16yr old girl- she gives advice for discovering what is really important in life, covering topics such as managing stress, finding inner peace, exploring dreams, and cultivating a meaningful life.

Seasons of Magic-A girls journey by Laurel Ann Reinhardt
These are the adventures of Erin – a young girl learning the ancient wisdom of a wise old woman. A pre-teen parable on pagan festivals and holidays, this book explains the equinoxes, solstices, Lammas, Samhain, and why Halloween is connected with ghosts.

Moon wisdom (A Guide for Life) by Sally Morningstar
This guide examines the moon and its influence on many aspects of our lives. Step-by-step, illustrated projects include making moon medicines, a moon tree and a moon altar.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Periods (But Didn’t Like to Ask) by Charlotte Owen
Based on current research and endorsed by the Brook Advisory Centre, this book covers everything a girl needs to know about periods. Written by the agony aunt of “19” magazine, it contains practical information and real-life quotes. It also includes a list of useful addresses.

Sweet Secrets: Stories of Menstruation by Kathleen O’Grady, Paula Wansbrough
The ideal resource for *adolescent girls anticipating their first period 
*all young women who want to learn more about the changes that a woman’s body goes through during this time in her life “What’s going on with my body?” “What does menstruation feel like?” “How will my friends react?” Unlike the standard “just-the-facts” approach, this book of short stories and factual information provides the reader with her very own confidantes, others who share a common experience.
The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens  by Julie Tallard Johnson Shows teens how to harness the intense emotions and drives of the late-teen years using wisdom from cultures around the world. Includes exercises, personal and community rituals, and resources that show how to successfully navigate the Thundering Years without heading toward violence, drug abuse, and other self-destructive behaviors. Inspiring quotations from many spiritual traditions as well as the words and real-life experiences of other young adults. Presents an honest view of the passions and pain that occur during this major life transition.
According to native traditions, the Thundering Years are the time in life to listen to intense feelings, dreams, desires, and goals — to be outrageous and even difficult. The Thundering Years are the teen years, the time when you are journeying into adulthood. They are exciting years, full of potential and creative energy, and they are painful years, full of turmoil and self-examination. Author Julie Tallard Johnson has collected wisdom from cultures around the world to help you survive your Thundering Years with your soul, creativity, and even sense of humor intact. She offers numerous techniques and traditions to help harness the powerful energy released during this time. She shows that when you connect with your thunder in a respectful way, you are given the confidence you need to accomplish all your dreams.

Power Thoughts for Teens by Louise L. Hay
Louise Hay has assisted many people in discovering and using the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. She contends that affirmations are powerful tools and encourages people to use them to expedite their personal growth process.
Wild Girls: The Path of the Young Goddess by Patricia Monaghan 
Maiden, mother, crone; of the three faces of the goddess, the maiden corresponds to the part of a woman’s soul that is always questing, exploring, and free to move. She among the most loving, giving, and heroic of the goddess images; like natural wilderness, she lives by her own laws. The stories in this book represent some of the many visions of the “Wild Girl” throughout the world, each is followed by commentary and activities, such as building an altar, creating healing rituals, and working with dreams

Cycling to Grandma’s House by Jac Torres-Gomez
Luna has just been assigned a challenging school project: to find the most incredible characteristic about being a girl and then present it to her class. Luna races home to ask for advice from her mother, who suggests she do her project on an experience that Luna shares with other girls all around the world: menstruation. As she summons the courage to talk to other girls and women from various cultures about their first period, she embarks on an exciting journey that will change her life forever. “A beautiful book that gives young girls an inspiring introduction to the subject of getting your first period.” – Lara Owen, author of Her Blood Is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

Reaching for the Moon by Lucy H Pearce
Reaching for the Moon is Lucy H. Pearce’s bestselling guide for girls aged 9-14 as they anticipate and experience their body’s changes. A beautiful, sensitive and nurturing celebration of a girl’s transformation to womanhood, following in the footsteps of her bestselling book for women, Moon Time: harness the ever-changing energy of your menstrual cycle. Beginning with an imaginary journey into the red tent, a traditional place of women’s wisdom, some of the gifts and secrets of womanhood are imparted in a gentle lyrical way. – The secrets of the moon – The secrets of our cycles – The gift of self-care Along with practical advice on: – Preparing for her first period – Choosing menstrual products – Herbal healing – Celebrating menarche Lucy H. Pearce is a mother of three, and author of five books for girls and women. “A must-read for all our daughters!” — Melia Keeton-Digby, author, The Heroines Club “A beautiful, insightful book that every girl should have clenched to her heart… the most life-affirming gift you could offer.” — Wendy Cook, Founder, Mighty Girl Art “For our daughters and their mothers, thank you.” — ALisa Starkweather, founder, Red Tent Temple Movement “A message of wonder, empowerment, magic and beauty in the shared secrets of our femininity … written to encourage girls to embrace their transition to womanhood in a knowledgeable, supported, loving way.” — thelovingparent.com

Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms Diary
by Meredith Jacobs and Sophie Jacobs
This beautiful keepsake journal is the perfect place for moms and tween daughters to share stories and dreams, hopes and fears. Advice, guidelines, and prompts by author Meredith Jacobs and her thirteen-year-old daughter Sofie pave the way to discussing everything from friends and school to crushes and growing up. With plenty of free space to write about whatever’s on their minds and fun pages for drawing pictures and making lists, this journal will open the lines of communication and help moms and daughters create memories that will last a lifetime.

Maiku discovers Red Moon: Handbook to understand and use the gifts of your Menstrual Cycle
by Miss Arianna Ruffinengo
Wisdom, magic and creativity inspired by the menstrual cycle for readers of all ages. This wonderful album, inspired by Miranda Gray’s classic Red Moon, accompanies the reader on a journey to discover the biological aspects and mystical secrets of the menstrual cycle from a playful, cheerful and demystifying perspective. Together with the free-spirited Maiku, you will explore different aspects of the menstrual cycle, from fascinating anatomy to suggestions for how you can best adjust to the energies that influence each phase of the month. You will get to know the four archetypes that live within us – the Crone, the Maiden, the Mother and the Enchantress. You will learn how to enjoy certain exercises to loosen up and relax. Finally, you will explore your creativity though painting, colour, crafts and decorations and much more… A powerful tool to share with daughters, sisters and friends, aimed at breaking down taboos and encouraging them to consciously and creatively experience the naturalness of the menstrual cycle.

Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-honoring Activities for Parents and Children by Cait Johnson, Maur D. Shaw
This is a handbook for those of us–regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs–who want to share our love of the earth with our children, who know how important this is for the future of our planet, and who use some ideas on how to do it. The ideas, suggestions, and activities collected here bring children into rituals that celebrate seasonal cycles and help reclaim the spiritual roots of today’s modern holidays.

Have You Started Yet? Getting the Facts Straight by Ruth Thompson.
Starting to have periods is something all girls face. This book explains exactly what periods are, why they happen, and how they will affect you; asking all the questions and giving all the answers simply and openly, with plenty of practical advice

Getting Real About Growing Up by Amrita Hobbs
This is a resource book for life. It speaks directly to the teenager and the young adult. It is also a resource for parents and anyone working with youth. It communicates hauntingly to the teenager in every adult. it is full of practical suggestions and things to do. Teen Speak, anecdotes and stories make Getting Real… about growing up! enriching and spiritually uplifting. Stories are a great way of communicating a point and make it easier to understand and empathise when written in such language. Teen Speak is an integral part of the book. It’s great to hear the opinion of other young people. The style is diverse and effective. It inspires every reader to move beyond some of the limitations imposed on them from outside authority, their family background and the overcoming of childhood hurts. This book encourages readers to find their own uniqueness and express themselves in a powerful and effective way from a loving heart.

The Seven Sacred Rites of Menarche: The Spiritual Journey of the Adolescent Girl by Kristi Meisenbach Boylan, Kristi Meisenbach Boylan
The vast majority of books on menarche-the first menstrual cycle-do not address its effect on a young girl’s spiritual journey from maidenhood to womanhood. This book outlines the seven rituals, or stepping-stones, that a young woman faces on her voyage, marking her way through adolescence. These stepping-stones lead her from the childhood years to the childbearing years and draw attention to a young woman’s changing spirit.

Books for Menopause
The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup…..
includes mainstream info and alternatives, covers every aspect of peri menopause and menopause
“Dr. Christiane Northrup’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Wisdom of Menopause has inspired more than a million women with a dramatically new vision of midlife–and will continue to do so for generations to come. As Dr. Northrup has championed, the “change” is not simply a collection of physical symptoms to be “fixed,” but a mind-body revolution that brings the greatest opportunity for growth since adolescence. The choices a woman makes now–from the quality of her relationships to the quality of her diet–have the power to secure vibrant health and well-being for the rest of her life. Now completely revised, this groundbreaking classic draws on the current research and medical advances in women’s health, and includes – a new section on sex after 50–and how, if need be, you can rejuvenate your sex life
– updated mammogram guidelines–and how thermography improves breast health
– the latest on the glycemic index, optimal blood sugar levels, and ways to prevent diabetes
– dietary guidelines revealing that hidden sugar–not dietary fat–is the main culprit in heart disease, cancer, and obesity
– all you need to know about perimenopause and why it’s critical to your well-being
– a vital program for ensuring pelvic health during and after menopause
− strategies to combat osteoporosis and strengthen bones for life With this trusted resource, Dr. Christiane Northrup shows that women can make menopause a time of personal empowerment–emerging wiser, healthier, and stronger in both mind and body than ever before.”

New Menopausal Years : The Wise Woman Way by Susun Weed
I just love how Susun speaks as a wise grandmother, her herbal advice is second to none!
“The best book on menopause is now better. Herbal solutions for osteoporosis, hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, flooding, fibroids, low libido, incontinence, anxiety, depression.
Completely revised with 100 new pages. All the remedies women know and trust plus hundreds of new ones. New sections on thyroid health, fibromyalgia, hairy problems, male menopause, and herbs for women taking hormones.
Recommended by Susan Love MD and Christiane Northrup MD.
One of the world’s best selling books on menopause still comes on strong. Called “indispensable,” “incredible,” and a “treasure trove of information,” Menopausal Years is the “bible” for the 87% of American women over the age of fifty who want nothing to do with hormones.
Includes information and remedies for problems with premenopause — flooding, erratic periods, fibroids, spotting, water retention, muscle soreness — as well as menopause — hot flashes, sleeplessness, mood swings, headaches, palpitations, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and much more. Final chapters speak to post-menopausal women’s concerns: including ways to maintain heart health, prevent and reverse osteoporosis, deal with dry vaginal tissues and incontinence, ease aching joints, and maintain healthy libido.
The soothing, wise voice of Grandmother Growth guides each woman through the book and through her own menopause metamorphosis. Ritual interludes interweaves a spiritual dimension often lacking in other works.
Includes superb resource lists for menopause information, index, glossary, directions for using (and preparing) herbal medicines, complete descriptions of the most-used menopausal herbs (including nettles, ginseng, dong quai, red clover, oatstraw, and motherwort), recipes for heart- and bone-healthy dishes, and lots of illustrations.”

Red Moon Passage : The Power and Wisdom of Menopause  Bonnie J. Horrigan
I love how Bonnie has woven stories of amazing women around the theme of menopause . (out of print but can be found on Amazon Marketplace and Abe Books)
“In the spirit of The Feminine Face of God, Coming into Our Fullness, and the million-copy best-seller when I Am Old I Shall Wear Purple, Red Moon Passage celebrates menopause as a spiritual journey of transformation. Through the words of a culturally diverse group of some of the wisest and most visionary women of our time, this book conveys the idea that menopause, when approached correctly, can usher in a dynamic new way of being, filled with increased creative and intuitive abilities.Written with notable grace, Red Moon Passage contains a personal story of sorrow and triumph as well as enlightening conversations with eight extraordinary women for a number of spiritual traditions: Jeanne Achterberg, Paula Gunn Allen, Angeles Arrien, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Kachinas Kutenai, Carol S. Pearson, Jamie Sams, and Barbara G. Walker.”

Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life : Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science by Claudia Welch
I’ve found this book to be such a help in understanding the yin and yang of our hormones and particularly love her techniques to help with insomnia.
“Tired? Overworked? Stressed? Out of balance? Welcome to the twenty-first century, where women’s stress levels have reached unprecedented heights. Between myriad responsibilities, women burn through even the energy gained from sufficient sleep and a healthy diet. The result? Hormonal havoc. In clear, accessible language, internationally renowned doctor Claudia Welch explains hormones from A to Z, specifically how they relate to each other, how and why they become imbalanced, and how women can restore that balance. Welch includes simple diet tips, stress-management techniques, and natural sleep secrets. Using the principles of Ayurveda (popularized in the West by Deepak Chopra) and the holistic sensibility of Dr. Christiane Northrup, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life gives women the essential tools to achieve the perfect balance between their yin (sex hormones) and yang (stress hormones), and between the body and the mind.”

The Seven sacred Rites of Menopause by Kristi Meisenbach Boylan
Now THIS I loved! Her analogy of the peri menopausal women stepping on to the boat to Avalon really resonated with me…although I just admit she lost me towards the end when she brought in HRT, but the most of it is beautiful.
“Menopause is much more than just a list of physical ailments, menopause is a spiritual journey. Kristi Meisenbach Boylan outlines the seven rituals that menopausal women move through on their voyage to the wise-woman years. Learn why these seven ceremonial milestones should be viewed as celebrations, not as symptoms of illness or disease.”

Passage to Power – the natural menopause revolution by Leslie Kenton
I was heartened to read Leslie wrote this while living in Pembrokeshire, Wales (very near where I have landed!). There is a LOT of info about hormones which could be out dated (this was written in 1994) Leslie was obviously ahead of her time when she wrote this. She pushes the progesterone cream as an alternative to HRT but after reading the Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, the bio-identical hormone route is not for me. However I have introduced Yam powder/flour to my smoothies as a natural progesterone. I love her wisdom on the spiritual side of menopause and that we are in fact stepping into our POWER at this time in our lives!
“PASSAGE TO POWER continues to help thousands of women who fear the menopause or who are suffering from menopausal troubles. A veritable bible, it tackles the science of menopause and scrutinses the practices commonly associated with it. Leslie Kenton questions the benefits of HRT, examines the politics behind such treatment and sets out the principles of natural HRT. The book describes the extraordinary healing powers of natural progesterone and reveals the devastating effects of xenoestrogens -environmental chemicals to which western women (and men) are increasingly exposed. Finally, she shows women how to reconnect with their deepest levels of intuition and instinct on their journey towards individual freedom. Taken as a whole, PASSAGE TO POWER enables all women to face the menopause in possession of all the knowledge they need to live their lives to the full.”
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
Not strictly a menopause book but this speaks to me of a women at that time of her life having an awakening to the life she’s living and things needing to change!!
“I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised, and, in fact, a little terrified, when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening.” Sue Monk Kidd
For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, she experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, Kidd tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church.
From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women one that retains a meaningful connection with the “deep song of Christianity,” embraces the sacredness of ordinary women s experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman’s life her marriage, her career, and her religion.”

Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Kidd Taylor
The follow on from the Dance of the Dissident Daughter Sue describes the next stage of her life, questioning and and traveling with her daughter who is also questioning where she is going with her life after finishing studying. (also recommend Sue Monk Kidds fiction for strong women stories!)
“Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann chronicle their travels together at a time when each had reached an important turning point in her life. What emerged was a quest for Ann and Sue to redefine themselves and also rediscover one other. Against the backdrop of the sacred sites of Greece, Turkey and France, Sue grapples with the problem of how to expand her vision of swarming bees into the novel that she feels compelled to write, whilst newly raduated Ann ponders the classic question of what to do with her life.”

Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison
This beautifully written book had me sighing (and weeping!) with relief to read about another woman going though a similar journey- whilst our stories are very different there are many places to identify with Katrina as she finds her way though the void space of peri menopause.
“The arc of MAGICAL JOURNEY will span a year in which, like thousands of other women her age, Katrina will confront the reality of a new life without children at home, and begin to shape the second half of her own adulthood. It will chronicle twelve months of both great transformation and subtle shifts. More an account of a spiritual journey than a physical one, this transformation begins and ends in one place–a home, a life, a marriage–but that is, in its own way, as demanding as any trek or pilgrimage to distant lands. And it is inspired by the belief that even as old identities are outgrown, new ones begin to beckon, if we can only summon courage to heed the call.”

The Gift of the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
This tiny book is such a treasure! A friend loaned me her copy that she admitted she hadn’t yet read a few years back. I devoured it in a day or so! Whilst being written by a ’50s housewife the sentiment is very relevant today- we need to simplify our lives! Often this comes stronger and stronger at the passage of menopause….
“‘Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.’
First published in 1955 and an instant bestseller, Gift from the Sea is a classic, wise book for women about how to flourish in life, how to balance life, work, motherhood; about finding space to think and breathe.