• The Heroine's Journey

  • Woman's Quest for Wholeness
  • By: Maureen Murdock
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Anything is possible for women as we find our voice, honor our identity, work together for a common goal, and stand unapologetically with our arms wide open to the skies in a stance of pride and acknowledgment of the sacredness of the feminine.” (from the preface to the 30th anniversary edition)

The Heroine’s Journey describes contemporary woman’s search for wholeness in a society where she has been defined according to masculine values. Drawing on cultural myths and fairy tales, ancient symbols and goddesses, and the dreams of contemporary women, Murdock illustrates the need for — and the reality of — feminine values in Western culture. This special anniversary edition, with a new foreword by Christine Downing and preface by the author, illuminates that this need is just as relevant today as it was when the book was originally published 30 years ago.

©1990 Maureen Murdock (P)2021 Shambhala Publications

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  • 06-30-22

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Bullshit feminist bastardization of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Narrow, prescriptive take on feminine process of individuation. I should have stopped in the intro when she mentions Nancy Pelosi as an example of a contemporary female role model. Jesus.

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A must for writers creating female characters!

This book is a must if you write about women. and really just a great read in general. It reorient women's experience within a modern, historical, and mythological context and breaks out of traditionally masculine molds of storytelling and success.

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Essential Teachings for Writers and Humans of All Kinds

This may have been the single most impactful book I’ve ever read in my entire life.

I will make it my life’s goal to get as many people to read it as possible. I’ve never learned so much, so fast, about the deep wounds the feminine soul of humanity has suffered for thousands of years, and how painful it is to recover that aspect in all of us - yet immensely important that we do so.

I am a man, and this helped me understand parts of me I never understood, but also parts of all the women in my life.

It deepens my love and respect for the strong women I’ve had in my life, and only hope to set my daughter out on the path of The Heroine’s Journey.

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Required Reading

This should be required reading for everyone in high school English. I can't imagine a more transformative, powerful book to combat the patriarchy.

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as a young mother

this was beautiful, painful and eye opening. great book for all women. I am going to share it with my mother. a lot of understanding and healing.

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Phenomenal book

Such a powerful and insightful book on the psychology and the journey women travel over their lives. Sadly, this book isn’t brought to the attention of more women earlier in their lives. The same way the Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell isn’t well known by young men. There is nothing worse than going through the dark night of the soul or a shift through the archetypal stages of life and not knowing what is wrong or what is coming next. A book like this should be introduced early in a woman’s life so she can make the most of this journey so she can become the most introspective and glean from it the experience. All of the stages were beautifully articulated and gave me deeper insight into the lives of the women in my life.

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  • 10-03-22

a must!

this book turned my understanding of feminity upside down. i must have listened to it at least 4 times already. i keep coming back as it is such a cave of information

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  • 10-02-22

Insightful Empowering Read

Loved this book so much, it invited me to explore myself from within and learn new perspectives and ways of doing things going forward.

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