Women's Rites of Passage: How to Embrace Change and Celebrate Life

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What is it that enables some people to cope with the big changes in their lives while others seem undone by them? For psychiatrist Abigail Brenner, the answer lies in the act of consciously and ritualistically marking those changes. Rite and ritual, bringing the unconscious to consciousness, can help in the process of sorting through and making sense of life themes. In doing so, we realize the goal of our rites of passage, which is to create a roadmap that gives tangibility, meaning, and full expression to the structure of our lives. In this provocative and lucid book, Dr. Brenner describes how rites of passage have changed over time. Traditionally, society had a strong hand in marking passages, insuring that its members always knew their identity, their place, and what was expected of them. WomenOs Rites of Passage grew out of Abigail BrennerOs desire to answer some fundamental questions about the role of rites of passage in contemporary womenOs lives. Relying on a research study involving over 50 women, the author shows how women today understand the need to take responsibility for their lives and for directing their own paths, and are beginning to do so by creating their own very personal rites of passage. Distilling the best of the scholarly material, made accessible and interesting to a mainstream audience, combining this with inspiring personal stories, and completing the perspective with Dr. BrennerOs expertise and guidance, WomenOs Rites of Passage is a richly rewarding book that will help reconnect women to their important life transitions, while giving them the tools to honor those transitions and to understand their significance in the broader scheme of their lives.

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Abigail Brenner, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. She attended New York Medical College, becoming a physician in 1977. Her internship and residency in psychiatry were completed at New York University- Bellevue Medical Center in 1981. In full-time practice for 25 years, she combined her interest in clinical work (the Bellevue adult outpatient clinic) with a private psychotherapy practice.

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Even though there is in North America a widespread, deeply felt need for resources on ritual creativity, the pickings are slim. Women's Rites of Passage is a caring response to that need written by Abigail Brenner, an author whose therapeutic sensitivities suffuse her writing. Although some readers will be delighted and others irritated by her treatment of ritual and gender, they will not likely be indifferent. The book is brimming with stories that take us to the heart of women's struggle to ritualize their lives meaningfully. (Ronald L. Grimes, author, Deeply into the Bone: Reinventing Rites of Passage)

Ceremonies and rituals have been key in indigenous cultures for thousands of years to mark transitions and rites of passage in an individual?s life. Abigail Brenner brilliantly shares stories and information of the importance and power gained by bringingritual and ceremony into a modern-day culture and the healing that occurs in doing so. Her personal depth, her research, and her ability to share her case studies make Women?s Rites of Passage an engaging and important book to read. Well done! (Sandra Ingerman, author, Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth)

Women's Rites of Passage by Abigail Brenner is a helpful and handy resource. (Spirituality and Practice)

It would appear that the book has truly met its goals and is one that I can refer to in the future for patients as well as for personal guidance. (PsycCRITIQUES)

By consciously participating in rituals to mark important milestones in our lives, we connect with our souls in powerful, life-changing ways. Women’s Rites of Passage shows you exactly how to use ritual to heal, grow, and celebrate. (Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom)

Ceremonies and rituals have been key in indigenous cultures for thousands of years to mark transitions and rites of passage in an individual’s life. Abigail Brenner brilliantly shares stories and information of the importance and power gained by bringing ritual and ceremony into a modern-day culture and the healing that occurs in doing so. Her personal depth, her research, and her ability to share her case studies make Women’s Rites of Passage an engaging and important book to read. Well done! (Sandra Ingerman, author, Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth)

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