Tell it by Heart: Women and the Healing Power of Story

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'Tell It by Heart' is a collection of stories about contemporary women of various ages and ethnic backgrounds who have one thing in common: each embraces a pertinent myth as her guide through a difficult passage. Narrated by therapist Erica Helm Meade, these fictionalized case studies carry us along with all the intrigue of good short stories while at the same time instructing us in the use of healing lore.

"Clean, crisp, startling, intelligent and fun, these fictionalized case studies show that life imitates art -- and that art tells the stronger truths". -- James Hillman Author of A Blue Fire

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In a marvelous melding of personal narrative, myth, and psychology, professional storyteller and counselor Meade, who uses myths and fairy tales in therapy, discusses not only how a story's meaning can reflect a person's life struggle, but also how the process of storytelling and story listening is itself revelatory. In each of the extended case studies that make up this book, we see the way story functions to reveal inner sorrows and then heal them. In one case, a mother and daughter, estranged as a result of unacknowledged incest, are found to be enacting the myths of merciful Kuan Yin and tempestuous Pele, respectively, and only through each woman's finding the other's goddess within herself can healing occur. In another, a middle-aged woman finally releases her multiple griefs by engaging with an American Indian tale about Coyote and Eagle and, in the process, finally finding the strength to quit smoking. As compelling as short stories, these case histories are moving testimonials to the powers of story in alliance with therapy. Patricia Monaghan

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