WomanSoul: The Inner Life of Women's Spirituality

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Carole A. Rayburn, Lillian Comas-Díaz
Praeger, 2008 - Religion - 277 pages

As a path of meaning seeking, healing, and transformation, spirituality is becoming more prominent in our society. Historically, women have been the custodians of their families' spiritual domain. This book advances the concept of Woman Soul, a gender-specific way of embracing spirituality. WomanSoul discusses the personal and professional impact of spirituality in the lives of women from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. It examines the psychological, multicultural, and personal expressions of female spirituality. More specifically, the essays collected here look at the impact of women's spirituality on identity, healing, and transformation across the lifecourse. WomanSoul focuses on how females express spirituality from their diverse backgrounds and situated realities. It cuts across ethnic identities, culture, and a multitude of spiritual experiences, such as Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, Goddess, Native American, and Agnosticism.

As women tend to experience sacredness in a gender-specific manner, they frequently place more emphasis on spirituality than on religiousness. Seen as a freeing force by most women, spirituality is most often perceived to be more gender-fair, culturally liberating, and less restrictive than many religious denominations. Both informative and inspirational, WomanSoul is written by psychologists who understand the implications of spirituality on the lives of women and the people around them.

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About the author (2008)

Carole A. Rayburn is a clinical, consulting, and research psychologist in the Independent Practice of Psychology, Silver Spring, MD. A fellow of the American Psychological Association's Divisions on General, Clinical, Consulting, Family and Youth, Media, and International Psychology, and the Psychology of Women, the Psychology of Religion, Psychotherapy, and the Psychology of State Psychogical Affairs, she is a past president of the APA Division of the Psychology of Religion, the APA Division on Clinical Psychology's Section on the Clinical Psychology of Women, the Maryland Psychological Association, and currently is the president of the Montgomery County (MD) National Organization for Women. Currently she is serving as the Fellows Committee Chair of the APA Division of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Rayburn has authored, developed, and copyrighted 22 inventories.

Lillian Comas-Díaz is the Executive Director of the Transcultural Mental Health Institute, a Clinical Professor at the George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a private practitioner in Washington, D.C. The former director of the American Psychological Association's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, Dr. Comas-Díaz was also the director of the Yale University Department of Psychiatry Hispanic Clinic. She is the senior editor of two textbooks, Clinical Guidelines in Cross Cultural Mental Health, and Women of Color: Integrating Ethnic and Gender Identities in Psychotherapy. Additionally, she is the Founding Editor in Chief of the American Psychological Association Division 45 official journal, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She is a member of numerous editorial boards, and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the American Psychologist.

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