Joining Forces: Balancing Masculine and Feminine

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Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 2008 - Religion - 217 pages
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Many of us absorbed the rules for being male or female from our families and the culture in which we grew to adulthood. We formed beliefs about a man's role and a woman's role based on what we observed and experienced; mostly, those beliefs had to do with what men and woman did rather than who they were. Our ideas about what constitutes "masculine" and "feminine", by now outdated and inadequate, have led to a precarious imbalance both in our inner lives and in our external lives of relating to men and women. The result? A gender war.In Joining Forces, Jeanie Miley explains that our deeply ingrained gender expectations have created an imbalance in our emotional and spiritual lives and have kept us from becoming our most authentic selves. Joining Forces will help readers discover the masculine and feminine characteristics that connect, unite, and restore us—traits that men and women alike can and do express. By joining our masculine and feminine strengths, we restore our own souls, our creative energies, and our own true, essential natures.
 

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Contents

Made in the Image of God
9
Start with Yourself
19
Harnessing the Energies of Love
31
Joining the Forces Within
43
Its Not Your Mothers World or Your FathersEither
53
Just Dont Say Anything about It
67
How Big Is Your Fig Leaf?
79
What Lies Beneath
97
Womens Brains Do That You Know
113
The Mothers My Mother and Me
127
The Mother Who Matters
141
Portable Parents
157
Jesusthe Masculineand Me
171
A Spirituality of the Heart
189
Beyond Ourselves Joining Forces for Community
203
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The author of eight books, Jeanie Miley lives in Houston, Texas. Trained at the Spiritual Direction Institute in Houston, she is a spiritual director and teacher, retreat and workshop leader. She is married to Martus Miley, and they are the parents of three adult daughters.

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