Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories by Women

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Sisters Singing is a fresh, vibrant, and intimate exploration of contemporary women's spiritual lives. This inspiring new collection contains poetry, prayers and stories from more than 100 writers, as well as beautiful artwork and a section of original music notated for voice and instruments. These luminous works unveil spirituality as it is lived and experienced by women today, in daily life, human relationships, mothering, meditation and prayer, as well as connections with the earth and the ancestors, culminating with prayers for peace and for the world.

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Carolyn Brigit Flynn's poems and essays have appeared in literary journals and anthologies nationwide, including Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, The Pedestal Magazine, Porter Gulch Review, Black Buzzard Review, Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure, Inside Grief: Death, Loss and Bereavement and New to North America. She is the editor of The New Story: Creation Myths for Our Times, an anthology of prose and poetry. Carolyn teaches writing groups, and facilitates writing retreats in the Santa Cruz Mountains and in Ireland.

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As I read Sisters Singing I felt my soul change. In the midst of so much planetary uncertainty I suddenly felt safe. I felt reassured. I felt peace welling up and spreading out. If you read Sisters Singing, I predict that you too will find yourself flipping back to the biographies every few pages out of gratitude and praise for such full-throated, woman-generated spiritual vision. These Sisters sing forth a world-changing wisdom. May their fire ignite our fire. May we too experience our 'long-silenced, stifled, rusted voice become a cry, a wail, a growl, then a full roar.' --Brian Swimme, author of The Hidden
Recently, I received a copy of Sisters Singing for book review. Without expectations, I browsed the plethora of poems and art included in the volume and found myself enveloped by a choir of women's voices. My spirits were lifted and hope re-engaged, which is odd, because I'm only nominally spiritual and I didn't think I'd quite quaffed all the hope I'd been laying by over the years. More sustenance was found in the biographical notes of the more than 130 contributors. If you want an idea of how women artists are actively working for peace and prosperity in the world, read this book. And read the biographical profiles at the end too. There's hope in the world. --Chris Watson, Book Briefs, Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 30, 2008

This magical book is a well of blessings. Sit beside it, let down your bucket. Open it anywhere and you will hear their voices. Your sisters are singing, praying, murmuring stories, telling us, in a thousand ways, what we most need to know: that we belong to each other and to the living Earth. --Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self

Sisters Singing is at once contemplative and celebrational with over one hundred women joining together to shed light on the inner workings of the female soul. The title of the book truly speaks to me. I had the immense fortune of listening to Susan Lincoln, musician and founder of the Hilde Girls women's spirit song circles, speak and sing at the 2008 Stories from the Heart conference in Austin... Dozens of timid, uncertain voices merged into one strong group-voice that coursed through each of us. It was as if, all of one mind, we stopped focusing on our individual voices and how we sounded, and sang for the pleasure of hearing the group voice rise and fall in harmony. The power of that moment, of when the collective truly joined, was transformational. The music joined us at a primal level and crumbled barriers. So it is with Sisters Singing. Imagine yourself sitting in front of a large fire, the flames dancing and leaping in front of you. First you are alone, seeking warmth and comfort from the fire in front of you. Then you become aware of a gathering of women that surrounds you. Wise and compassionate, these women begin to weave their stories, truths learned deep in their souls, and the sharing of the truths is so honest and genuine and free, you can't help but bask in it, soaking it all in. Some truths are spoken, some are not, but all are shared. This is the power of women sharing their life stories. This is the power of listening to those stories. The collection --Becca Taylor, Story Circle Book Reviews, February 18, 2009

Sisters Singing is at once contemplative and celebrational with over one hundred women joining together to shed light on the inner workings of the female soul. Each piece in Sisters Singing builds upon the previous, urging the reader to turn the page and stumble upon the next treasure. And every single time I was even more excited to encounter the next. My review copy has traveled, literally, thousands of miles with me now. The corners are banged up, the spine is scratched, and there are so many flags and markers you can barely see the edge of the page. But that's a bit like our own life stories, isn't it? Traveled, worn down, memorized, but still waiting to be opened for the truth that lies within. --Becca Taylor, Story Circle Book Reviews, February 18, 2009

As I read Sisters Singing I felt my soul change. In the midst of so much planetary uncertainty I suddenly felt safe. I felt reassured. I felt peace welling up and spreading out. If you read Sisters Singing, I predict that you too will find yourself flipping back to the biographies every few pages out of gratitude and praise for such full-throated, woman-generated spiritual vision. These Sisters sing forth a world-changing wisdom. May their fire ignite our fire. May we too experience our 'long-silenced, stifled, rusted voice become a cry, a wail, a growl, then a full roar.' --Brian Swimme, author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos

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