The Goddess, an Expression of the Divine Feminine by Gracie Ackerman
The author speaks intimately and directly from her personal experience as an warm, sensitive, intellectual, sensual woman. As a daughter, a wife, a mother and a friend, she takes us through a journey of appreciating ancient sacred mythologies in a way that no academic (or man) could ever make accessible. She provides a first-hand account of her life through a sacred lens.
Gracie Ackerman delicately interweaves the highly practical and sometimes brutally pragmatic real world experiences of abuse, betrayal, self-awareness, struggle and liberation, with the poetic and divine insights into the practical application of ancient wisdom. The author weaves the ancient wisdom and her practical wisdom with such seamless ease that it is impossible to separate the two. Through the stories, questions, evocative poetry and sublime photographs, the ancient and modern are woven into one.
The combination of weaving the deeply personal with the sacred roots of mythology is in direct contrast to and challenges the plastic, commercialised, over-sensationalised, under-felt world of pornography and commercialisms that pervades every corner of our new world.
Not since I read the “The Female Eunuch” and “The Whole Woman” by Germain Greer, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Second Sex” by Simone de Beauvoir or “Revolution from Within” by Gloria Steinem have i been so deeply touched by such an authentic resonance and inspiration as Gracie Ackerman’s journey into the true liberation of female sexuality.
In a time of increasing polarities, where both the Christian extreme right and the extremist Islam fundamentalists try to assume control of the media and the minds of our young, this book could not have been better timed. It rises above the noise of religious politics and dogma to an sacred space where both men and women can rediscover their deepest divine power.
Gracie Ackerman introduces us to a trusted space where men can learn to love what is missing most in their lives. where mature women can learn how to access their rich inner power of sensuality without guilt or shame and where young girls who are coming of age, can learn how to see through the lies that could prevent them from being in touch with their sacred sexuality and power of the divine goddess within.
Thomas A Wolfe (San Jose)