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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Moondance Pr (4 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975455176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975455173
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By donna dee on 25 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as i love the idea of the blessingways celebration and the fact its about recognising the mother and celebrating her, it is very centered to a u.s.a readership however there is lots i have been able to take from it and that i will be able to put to use when arranaging a blessingway for my best friend some of the ideas and suggestions are really beautiful such as each person invited to the blessingway being asked to bring a long a bead so these can be threaded together to make a necklace or bracelet for the mum to be which she can wear up to and throughout her birth with the thought that everyones love and good wishes are with the beads to keep her safe and help her deliver a healthy baby. Its a great alternative to the usual baby shower parties and i think a blessingway would be much more memorable and speacial when looking back in years to come. The pictures in the book are dated and some of the ideas can be percieved as a bit 'far out' but lovely all the same.
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I don't know what I expected really, there are some nice ideas in this book when I have flicked through but it is VERY spiritual.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A woman-centered celebration 30 Oct. 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Blessingways: A Guide to Mother-Centered Baby Showers is a resource especially for planning and hosting Blessingway baby showers that foster a bond of community, support and connectedness for the mother-to-be. The distinguishing feature of a Blessingway baby shower is that it is a woman-centered celebration, that especially focuses upon the strength, beauty, and metamorphosis of the female powers of the expectant mother, rather than the more typical baby-centered parties used to accumulate goods for the newborn. Blessingways outlines how to plan and host a mother-centered bonding, rituals such as music, evocations, grooming actions including hairbrushing, headwreaths, and belly art, sharing circles, reaching out across long distance, and much more. Notes on Blessingway variations in response to adoption or grieving the loss of a baby are also included. Black-and-white illustrations and simple music for the songs that can be sung round out this uplifting, meaningful guide to helping new mothers across a difficult yet fantastic journey.
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Book For Those Who Appreciate the Beauty of Pregnancy 6 Oct. 2004
By Christine Johnson D'amico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Here is a wonderful tool for planning a really personalized baby shower! This book is great for those wanting to plan a different kind of baby-shower for the pregnant woman in your life. It has so many wonderful ideas and suggestions to make any baby related event meaningful and fun for all involved. It is easy to follow, engaging and fun to look at, and filled with suggestions you can draw from. I have even modified ideas from this book to create an event around other life changes such as for a friend who was moving away and a graduation of a daughter. It really has a lot to offer.

The book also makes a great gift for a pregnant woman. Blessingways is packed with great ideas which a pregnant woman may want to take advantage of on her own. Pregnancy is such a short time and I tell the pregnant women I work with to be intentional about what they want from these 9 months. This book is a great place to go to get some ideas to be sure you make the most of your nine months pregnant with this child.

Finally the book is a good resource for professionals who work with pregnant and expecting couples, providing them with ideas on small touches they could add to their services which would enhance a couple's experience. I highly recommend it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"Blessingways" builds sisterhood and honors motherhood 16 Sept. 2004
By Sister Sister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not only does Maser inspire us to create beautiful, personalized ceremony for our pregnant friends and family, she writes about the process with wisdom and simplicity. I bought "Blessingways" to give as a gift, but found myself reading it diligently. I am not pregnant, nor do I have close friends or family who are expecting; and yet I was engaged entirely by the history, stories and creative suggestions included in this wonderful book. Every woman should own a copy of "Blessingways", and every woman should consider offering the incredible gift of a blessingway to her loved ones.
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Perfect guide 12 Oct. 2009
By Dustine Rey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book shows you step by step how to plan a blessingway, know its history, and conduct creative things to do during one. I loved it.
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By Jamie D Corbet - Published on Amazon.com
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great ideas
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