The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary

The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary

What happens when a former Zen Buddhist monk and his feminist wife experience an apparition of the Virgin Mary?"This book could not have come at a more auspicious time, and the message is mystical perfection, not to mention a courageous one. I adore this book."--Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the SpiritBefore a vision of a mysterious "Lady" invited Clark Strand and...

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Title:The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary
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  • Lisa

    Such an important book for our times. A feminine shift is sweeping the planet. Philosophically, women’s voices are finally being heard within important discourses. Understanding the importance of this work is essential if we are to sustain the human race. A perfect book for people who care about humanity.

  • Sabin Bailey

    Have you ever longed for safe haven, sanctuary and Home? Have you ever ached for solace and comfort and the unconditional love of The Mother? Has your soul told you that there is God the Mother? She who kisses your wounds, wipes away your tears, holds you when you wake in the night in fear?

    Then this book is for you.

    The words written here will put you in touch with your roots. It will guide you to creating your own garden of prayer and contemplation and connection with others who also know the

    Have you ever longed for safe haven, sanctuary and Home? Have you ever ached for solace and comfort and the unconditional love of The Mother? Has your soul told you that there is God the Mother? She who kisses your wounds, wipes away your tears, holds you when you wake in the night in fear?

    Then this book is for you.

    The words written here will put you in touch with your roots. It will guide you to creating your own garden of prayer and contemplation and connection with others who also know the Truth of Her. It is the antidote to the feelings of isolation and of abandonment so prevalent in this age.

    The authors are friends of mine. They are real, and down to earth, literally. I have witnessed this book from its conception, through its gestation, and now on the day of its birth. It is a brilliant, lovingly created work of the Heart.

  • Anne

    I definitely enjoyed this book, even though I am no longer Catholic and never had instruction in how to pray the rosary. I am a big believer in the Divine Feminine and found this book freeing as well as informative about Mother Mary and how other cultures perceive and worship the Divine Feminine. I learned a LOT and have been inspired to create my own set of prayer beads along with my own prayers as a daily ritual.

    Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of

    I definitely enjoyed this book, even though I am no longer Catholic and never had instruction in how to pray the rosary. I am a big believer in the Divine Feminine and found this book freeing as well as informative about Mother Mary and how other cultures perceive and worship the Divine Feminine. I learned a LOT and have been inspired to create my own set of prayer beads along with my own prayers as a daily ritual.

    Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Cynthia

    As a Protestant, I had never understood the Catholic preoccupation with Mary. This book not only helped me be open to Marion spirituality, it also set the concept of a feminine God into a context of worldwide, pre-Christian beliefs. I found this book fascinating, and I'll have to admit, I've started using Rosary beads in my prayer life.

    The authors of this book alternate the narratives and devotionals, and I found them both fascinating. Neither of them is Roman Catholic, and neither of them is

    As a Protestant, I had never understood the Catholic preoccupation with Mary. This book not only helped me be open to Marion spirituality, it also set the concept of a feminine God into a context of worldwide, pre-Christian beliefs. I found this book fascinating, and I'll have to admit, I've started using Rosary beads in my prayer life.

    The authors of this book alternate the narratives and devotionals, and I found them both fascinating. Neither of them is Roman Catholic, and neither of them is affiliated with any particular church or religion. However, they both have a close affiliation to Mary and a dedicated practice of praying the Rosary.

    This book covered a lot of territory - the idea of a feminine deity, an urgency to protect the earth, and a passionate interest in praying with Rosary beads. Those interested in theology and ways in which religion and spirituality are evolving will find much in this book to ponder. Highly recommended for those serious about spirituality.

  • Gerry Dee

    Enjoyed this book and the way it wove strands of Mother Earth mythology, Christian practice and ecological angst together into a believable (well, I believed it) philosophy/theology for our modern times. The ritual of the rosary with it's soul satisfying Ave Maria chanting prayer has always appealed to my heart as a way to enter into deep conversation with The Divine. This book helped me see why the practice was so appealing and comforting. I suggest you will enjoy this exploration beyond old

    Enjoyed this book and the way it wove strands of Mother Earth mythology, Christian practice and ecological angst together into a believable (well, I believed it) philosophy/theology for our modern times. The ritual of the rosary with it's soul satisfying Ave Maria chanting prayer has always appealed to my heart as a way to enter into deep conversation with The Divine. This book helped me see why the practice was so appealing and comforting. I suggest you will enjoy this exploration beyond old concepts of spiritual experience.

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Monet

    A beautiful tapestry of a story! This read was more magical realism than anything else. It was a multi-genre adventure about what it means to be human. There's mystery with Clark trying to interpret his visions, realistic observations of the world and magical with its insight and hopefulness. What I loved was reaching the end of the story and then realizing that the characters were the authors. I realized that the names didn't just match up, but this was Clark and Perdita's true story. Even if

    A beautiful tapestry of a story! This read was more magical realism than anything else. It was a multi-genre adventure about what it means to be human. There's mystery with Clark trying to interpret his visions, realistic observations of the world and magical with its insight and hopefulness. What I loved was reaching the end of the story and then realizing that the characters were the authors. I realized that the names didn't just match up, but this was Clark and Perdita's true story. Even if the story feels far-fetched, I believe that something magical and or powerful was working alongside them.

    This is a one of a kind books that you can't explain. You can't talk about this book with someone, mainly because the plot is obtuse. The story switches narration styles and there's a religious history section every other chapter. At first, this description doesn't make much sense. Yet once you dive into the story, everything comes together. The history melded perfectly with the family's story and it was an enriching account of world religions. With the divided state of the world nowadays, this book was a breath of fresh air. It discusses problems of climate change, religious adversity and quarrels, sexism, harassment and privilege. Specifically, I admired that Clark was able to point out the negative aspects of both Buddhism and Catholicism. It needed to be said when he said it.

    More than anything this books needs to be shared! A book club would be the perfect atmosphere. This is the sort of unusual book that makes sense as you compare notes on it with friends. It's an excellent buddy read.

  • Rose

    This was an okay book. I liked the wisdom it had about connecting to the earth and the Divine Feminine in different cultures. It seemed a bit slow to me at first, but I enjoyed it.

    I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.

  • Janet

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

    What happens when a former Zen Buddhist monk and his feminist wife experience an

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    What happens when a former Zen Buddhist monk and his feminist wife experience an apparition of the Virgin Mary?

    When a vision of a mysterious “Lady” invited Clark Strand and Perdita Finn to pray the rosary, not only were they disinterested in becoming Catholic, they were finished with institutional religion altogether. Their main spiritual concerns were the fate of the planet and the future of their children and grandchildren in an age of ecological collapse. But this Lady barely even referred to the Church and its proscriptions. She spoke of the miraculous power of the rosary to transform lives and heal the planet, revealing the secrets she had hidden within the rosary’s prayers and mysteries—secrets of a past age when forests were the only cathedrals and people wove “rose garlands” for a Mother whose loving presence was as close as the ground beneath their feet. She told Strand and Finn:

    The rosary is My body,

    and My body is the body of the world.

    Your body is one with that body.

    What cause could there be for fear?

    Weaving together their own remarkable story of how they came to the rosary, their discoveries about the eco-feminist wisdom at the heart of this ancient devotion, and the life-changing revelations of the Lady herself, the authors reveal an ancestral path—available to everyone, religious or not—that returns us to the powerful healing rhythms of the natural world.

    I am not Catholic but my husband is so I thought that this would be an interesting read - maybe for someone else. It was too "out there" for me - although it was well written and an interesting concept (2 stars for that) it was just too eco-feminist-"huh?" for me. My niece would love this book and some of your patrons would, too, but it was not for me.

    #isaidthatiwouldbehonest

  • Marci

    This book got weird.

    None of the material connecting Mary to other goddess figures is new. Or even very freshly delivered. The instructions on the rosary are nice enough. The authors' relationships with the rosary are perhaps overplayed, and the sense that they left Buddhism for their rosary devotions feels awkward (like someone should point out that these aren't mutually exclusive).

    There's some awkward reading where we go from first person narration by Clark to first person narration by Perdita

    This book got weird.

    None of the material connecting Mary to other goddess figures is new. Or even very freshly delivered. The instructions on the rosary are nice enough. The authors' relationships with the rosary are perhaps overplayed, and the sense that they left Buddhism for their rosary devotions feels awkward (like someone should point out that these aren't mutually exclusive).

    There's some awkward reading where we go from first person narration by Clark to first person narration by Perdita that needed help from an editor. Also, since there's no change in tone between the two, that was probably a bad style choice.

    But all of that is fine, really.

    It's when Clark apparently starts having visions and getting messages that it got weird. I didn't sign on for this dude's visions and his call to join his latest cult.

    Maybe he is having genuine religious experiences. But from a dude who appears to make his living as what Alan Watts called a spiritual entertainer, I am maybe not buying it.

  • Namrata

    First, this comes out a day before my birthday. Second, LOOK AT THAT COVER. And third, this book sounds like heaven to me.

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