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Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman (Classic Edition) [Paperback]

Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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7 Feb 2008 Classic Edition

'Women Who Run With The Wolves isn't just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom and love. An oracle from one who knows.' Alice Walker

In the classic Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells us about the 'wild woman', the wise and ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power. For centuries, the 'wild woman' has been repressed by a male-orientated value system which trivialises women's emotions. Using a combination of time-honoured stories and contemporary casework, Estes reveals that the 'wild woman' in us is innately healthy, passionate and wise.

Thoughtfully written and compelling in its arguments, Women Who Run With The Wolves gives readers a new sense of direction, a self confidence and purpose in their lives.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Rider; Classic Ed edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846041090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846041099
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book offers a life-enhancing way to make contact with our deep feminine instincts: the wild woman within" (Irish Times)

"All women should read this. In fact, mothers should pass the knowledge contained in these pages down to their daughters as they turn 16. It's insightful and inspirational and gets you back in touch with your authentic self" (T4 presenter June Sarpong)

"A wonderful book...for anybody who cares about their relationships and their lives" (Anne Devlin, playwright)

"Women Who Run With The Wolves isn't just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom and love. An oracle from one who knows." (Alice Walker)


All women should read this. In fact, mothers should pass the knowledge contained in these pages down to their daughters as they turn 16. It's insightful and inspirational and gets you back in touch with your authentic self

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152 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very important reading for modern women 15 Feb 2004
This is simply one of the most important and helpful books I've read. So many women today are struggling with depression, stress, or a sense of simply being unfulfilled. I know, I'm one. More and more we turn to destructive behaviours - maybe drinking, drugs, soul-destroying relationships or jobs .... or we try to be a 'good girl' at all costs. What is it that we're missing in our lives and in our hearts and souls? I looked and looked for a long time. Even modern psychology seemed to anger and depress me as so much of it is tainted with seemingly un-noticed and unchallengable patriarchy and prejudice. This book touched, thrilled and enlightened me. It doesn't patronise, it doesn't proscribe and it doesn't lump 'women' into a one-size-fits-all category as so many other Jungian based texts seem to do. It's just a starting point, of course, for reinventing and improving your life - both inner and outer life. The book won't do the work for you. But it may well present you with options, ideas and perspectives that hadn't struck you before. I'd recommend this book to all 'seekers' as well as to therapists, mothers, daughters and indeed fathers, boyfriends and husbands who want to break the cycle.
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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasured book of loving wisdom 21 May 2007
By Eva E.
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When I turned thirteen my mum gave me a copy of this book, telling me, "This is a book that no woman should be without." I was thrilled with having a "grown-up" book, and treasured it. It took me several years to understand it enough to read beyond the wonderful stories...but then one day I started reading and it all just clicked. I couldn't put it down and it has been my constant companion ever since.

This is a beautifully written book made up of many stories, some well-known and others less so, explanations of these stories and what they can teach us about ourselves and advice on how to implement these insights for the maximum feeling of freedom and happiness in our everyday life. This book has helped me through many times when I was in need of comfort and strength and will help me through more to come.

Whether reading the stories or the interpretations of them, it is like reading pure poetry. Clarissa Estes speaks with wisdom about things that she has obviously spent her life studying and learning.

One reviewer talked about this as being a book for man-haters. I have been reading it for well over 10 years now and I never ever got that impression. I don't see why glorifying the feminine has to equal hating the masculine. For me this book is about feeling more empowered in myself as a woman, and not anything to do with the putting down of men.

I have recommended it to many friends, as well as buying it for one (who loves it as much as I do), and I am planning on giving it to more friends soon. Give yourself a treat and buy it today, it's a purchase that will last you a lifetime.
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most comfortable read of my life 10 Feb 2005
By A Customer
This is a truly beautiful work of truth that any woman can find comfort in - when i am feeling anxious i pick it up and i am put at ease and inspired to make my next move with a clearer head and heart. I have surpressed my intuition for a while now and have been suffering panic attacks and feelings of complete betrayel (to myself) and shame in the face of society's expectations for me to conform and ignore my female emotions. But this book has highlighted what i always knew: i am the only one that i should listen to. When i put it down i have a stronger heart and a quicker mind and i would recommend this book to any woman going through powerful and frightening change -this book will become your best reference for a fulfilling way forward.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth, truthful, and real - I love it! 16 Jun 2010
As a long time lover of fairytales and having a keen interest in all mind, body and spirit matters, this book really appealed to me, and it didn't disappoint!

As the daughter of a narcissistic mother I had felt I had totally lost touch with my femininity and what it means to be a woman, due to a lack of a good female role model in my life. For that reason this book spoke to me in so many ways, it reminded me of the things I'd always known but had forgotten and provided me with subtle guidance and reassurance that I've been unable to find from the 'real' women in my life. This book has been another helping hand on my journey to having the confidence to live my life for me and follow my dreams.

There's a lot to take in, but it is beautifully written and a fantastic insight into how healing stories can be. A book I will turn to again and again when I'm feeling lost, and one I will recommend to any woman who feels she's lost her way and needs to find herself again. It's down to earth, truthful and real. I love it!

Thank you Clarissa!
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful but infuriating 31 Oct 2009
By shpadoinkle VINE VOICE
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I have read a quarter of this 500-page book, but I have to give up. It's interesting and insightful, but it's just SO densely written I found I was getting irritated, and this was cancelling out any benefit I gained. It's written in a cross between an academic and poetic style, which is interesting at first, but then you just feel like saying 'Get ON with it!' What could be said simply in one paragraph, is said in a convoluted way in 5 pages. I like poetry, but when it's coupled with academia, AND an extremely roundabout way of explaining things, it all starts to become a bit of a chore. Plus the author constantly goes over the same ground. You can read pages and pages and nothing new will have been said.

It reminded me a little of when I've tried to read books by Deepak Chopra, who I think is so enamored with his role as 'One Who Knows Things', that in his writing he will draw out every nugget of information and every insight for all it's worth. I think Estes has alot more to give than Chopra, but perhaps suffers from a similar syndrome. I lost count of the times she referred to herself as 'Cantadore' or 'Keeper of Stories'. There's a little bit of self-importance going on at times I think.

If you've got patience, or you're really committed to studying this book, you will get something out of this - it IS a good book. If not, you might end up throwing it at a wall.

PS - There is an unabridged audiobook of this, which might be a good way to absorb it.
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Got this on recommendation and after reading various reviews. Maybe Im thick/stupid... but just couldnt get on with this book at all. Read more
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