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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187918155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879181557
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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. . . access a new liturgy in which woman's natural life processes are sanctified and the archetype of physical union restored. -- Griselda Steiner, The Dark Bride

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Follow Starbird's spiritual journey from the orthodox daughter of the Catholic Church to a modern-day heretic in search of the feminine in the church's hierarchy. Follow her journey from patriarchal reason to feminine intuition, faith, authority and wisdom. It charts a personal journey that mirrors woman's search for authenticity in modern culture

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 1999
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Margaret Starbird is a preeminent Theologian and scholar of the New Testament and related literature and a leader of American and international culture. Her interest is spiritual rather than selfish and we benefit warmly from her insistence, from Scripture, that the Inseparable Other, the Feminine Principle, is an aspect of Divinity's play with humanity and the world. This Theologian has set a standard for discourse of all natures during the Third Christian Millennium. We owe her "Thanks" and "Well Done."
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 1999
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Margaret Starbird's eternal quest for knowledge that has been previously hidden, is a true testimony to her faithful love of the truth. Despite the cost to her family and personal life, Margaret steps out of personal boundaries to present the most updated facts about Mary Magdalene's secret exsistence and her true relationship with Jesus. A must read to find all that rings true within you! Bravo for your bravery Margaret!
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GODDE IS.... 1 Jan. 2004
By Dianne Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In THE GODDESS IN THE GOSPELS, Margaret Starbird shares the story behind the story of `The Woman with the Alabaster Jar'. In many ways, the personal spiritual journey Starbird experienced and shares with the reader in GODDESS is a more compelling tale than the one she eventually wrote about the Magdalene. GODDESS has much in common with `The Dance of the Dissident Daughter' by Sue Monk Kidd. (Kidd acknowledges Starbird's influence in her book). GODDESS also nicely complements HOLY BLOOD HOLY GRAIL.
Like many women born into religious orthodoxy, Starbird struggled for years to live by the rules of conduct the church prescribed for women. Because she is a person of great depth, intelligence, grace, and spiritual awareness, her attempt to live within the narrow, confined and misogynist tradition of her church led her to the edge of madness. After a very scary brush with insanity, she accepted the Grail-the path of enlightenment.
Starbird concludes that women have long been treated shamefully by orthodox Christianity - especially the Roman Catholic Church. She suggests the RCC abandoned the true message of Jesus when it distorted the memory of the Magdalene as it institutionalized in the 4th century. In recent years, the RCC has made a small effort to ameliorate its decidedly misogynist practices, but these efforts are inadequate and come too late for millions of women. Starbird suggests that if the RCC does not make drastic changes soon it is doomed. It simply will not do for the church to treat women as anything less than co-equal with men. Just as the Magdalene was co-equal with Jesus, all women are co-equal with all men. Furthermore, the church needs to change its attitude toward birth control, divorce, married priests, and women priests, etc. In short, its time for the church to undergo a Reformation.
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A Courageous Spiritual Search 11 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Goddess in the Gospels is not a history-- it is the story of a spiritual quest and should be read as such. Starbird's journey reflects that of many men and women who have sought a deeper spiritual connection and arrived at the belief that a new paradigm-- that of male-female partnership-- is needed in the temporal and spiritual realms.
Interestingly, Starbird's thesis is reflected in Native American wisdom teachings and in the Jewish Kabbalah, as well as in
secular studies such as "The Chalice and the Blade". This memoir extends the concept of a shared male-female paradigm to a Christian context, and is important in this respect.
Note that this book is a memoir, and should be read as such. Those interested in evidence that supports Starbird's thesis are best directed to her Woman with the Alabaster Jar, and the extensive bibliography provided therein. In addition, Starbird has clearly been in the vanguard of spiritual exploration-- her efforts began during the 1970s and have extended over a period of close to 30 years. Thus, her views should be of interest to those who have embarked more recently on a spiritual quest.
66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
No longer shall you be called "forsaken" ... 29 Nov. 1999
By Annette Hulefeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Margaret Starbird's book is sacred water for all of us who have wandered in the dry wasteland that promotes separation/alienation/dismissal of the Woman in the Church, in Institutions. Her book is divinely inspired and deeply researched in order to break through layers of hidden truths. Finally, we have a true mystical woman sharing the journey of the Song of Songs, searching, agonizing, wandering to find her Beloved - and all of us can rejoice in the journey! Her book is filled with synchronicities,inspirations, etc., all of which are in keeping with the underlying principle of Universal connectedness and mysticism. I believe her message is a MUST read - as a Church, as a culture, we must be willing to reclaim the Bride of Christ, to shift the paradigm of Holy Mother Church and Son to Husband and Wife, Do we have ears to hear? Let your heart be broken open by this book - it could change your life!
32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Sacred Story - Sacred Search 7 Dec. 1999
By Mary T. Beben - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Margaret Starbird's style of research, her way of prayer, and her insistence on serving only truth are so rare in today's world as to be easily misunderstood. This book gives a glimpse into her journey and the amazing courage it took to stand shoulder to shoulder with truth despite the personal cost. By sharing searingly personal information about the ways that God led her to her discoveries, she makes herself vulnerable to critics who have never understood what it means to sacrifice everything for God's sake. But the descent she made into darkness only strengthened her as God's testing strengthens all who accept it. She brings us an image of ancient symbols and ancient ways of wisdom made fresh again for today when they are so needed in a world gone dry. If one knows how to drink from this rich well-spring, let them drink! Margaret's message is not meant to destroy the faith of her youth, but to restore its lifegiving vitality.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Don't Read This Book First 25 April 2004
By Explorer Jen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To get the most out of Margaret Starbird's personal religious journey memoir, please read her other more scholarly works first. It will be less confusing for you. Otherwise, it is a good read on what one might go through when taking a leap of faith in a completely different direction.
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