Close to the Bone: LifeThreatening Illness and the Search for Meaning

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 3, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 224 pages
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In this beautifully written and profoundly affecting new book, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen explores what it means when serious illness brings one "close to the bone": close to the soul's needs. As in her critically acclaimed best-seller Goddesses in Everywoman, the author weaves myth, experience, and story to produce a book which at once illuminates the experience of the seriously ill patient and shows that facing one's mortality can be a life-transforming, and even a life-saving, process. Close to the Bone follows the patients and their loved ones on a path which, soon after diagnosis, brings them into a kind of underworld of experience, a state of emotional trauma that has the potential to strip away what become merely superfluous concerns, focusing the individual on what is truly important. This process can be enhanced by prayer, meditation, participation in rituals, the sharing of stories, and a deeper and more honest level of communication with those we love and with ourselves.

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From a best-selling author (Goddesses in Everywoman, LJ 7/84): advice on making serious illness a chance for growth. Read full review


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Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of "The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don't Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree", and "Moving Toward the Millionth Circle". She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award." She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in three acclaimed documentaries: the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film "Women--For America, For the World, the Canadian Film Board's Goddess Remembered", and "FEMME: Women Healing the World". The Millionth Circle Initiative "" was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women "http: //". Her website is "".

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