Revolution from Within : A Book of Self-Esteem
Revolution from Within A Book of SelfEsteem Author:Gloria Steinem From Library Journal — One of the founding mothers of contemporary feminism has written a self-help book that utterly transcends the genre. In lucid prose that is by turns brave and funny and tender, Steinem takes us on a journey of circles and spirals because, as she says, "If we think of ourselves as circles, our goal is completion . . . if we ... more »think of work structures as circles . . . progress means mutual support and connectedness." Drawing from sources that range from Margaret Mead to Chief Seattle (Sealth), from Alice Walker to the Upanishads, as well as from her own life and the lives of her friends and colleagues, she provides a series of pathways to self-esteem. Steinem's book unfolds like a flower: it offers literature, art, nature, meditation, and connectedness as ways of finding and exploring the self. Her message is that it is our very selves that we need to trust, despite educational and societal pressures that may denigrate the female experience. Her focus is women, but she is clear that what she has to say is for men, too, and she is neither strident nor dismissive. Recommended for all collections.« less
Anna H. reviewed Revolution from Within : A Book of Self-Esteem on
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Interesting and user friendly! The chapters do not build on one another and can be read in whatever order you like. Really enjoyed the chapter on romance vs. love. Interesting profiles on Adolf Hitler, Julie Andrews, Charlotte and Emily Bronte. She also shares many of her own experiences for better or worse. Feels more like an intimate conversation with a respected friend than a traditional self help book. Highly recommend.
serinlea reviewed Revolution from Within : A Book of Self-Esteem on
This was the first explicitly "feminist" book I ever read. I was 16, and it was a free copy that got into my hands somehow...the organization that was giving them out (don't remember who) had a little cardstock letter of their own glued to one of the blank pages in the front.
The book itself is primarily a self-help book and the psychological autobiography of one of America's most prominent second-wave feminists. Steinem talks about a lot of woo concepts like "parenting your inner child" that I didn't agree with then and still don't today.
But what a world of difference it was to read the words of someone who didn't constantly assume, in the back of her mind, that "men and women are equal but different, and men's gifts make them the leaders" the way my church taught.
"For two decades, Gloria Steinem has led a social revolution against injstice. In Revolution from Within, she sets out to restore the self-authority that such injustice has undermined - in men as well as women, across boundaries of race, class, age, sexuality, and ability, using stories from her own life and the lives of others. As she writes it: There is always one true inner voice. Trust it."