In a disappointing contribution to feminist spirituality, Joan Borysenko tries to teach the thousands of women (particularly baby boomers) who have "dropped out" of organized religion about their innately feminine spirituality. Women's spirituality, says Borysenko, is "relational, active, emotional . . . practical, body-centered, sensuous" and tolerant of other people's diverse beliefs. Unfortunately, she too often relies on tired arguments about gender essentialism to prove her point. Women prefer personal spirituality over organized religion, she claims, because religion is generally "masculine," meaning hierarchical, rational, and rule-oriented, while "the feminine path" to God acknowledges that woman's intuition (the "still small voice" of God), empathy and human interconnectedness are primary values. This reductionistic premise poisons even the fresh and perceptive discussions of new, woman-centered rituals and practices. "A Woman's Journey to God" may find an appreciative audience among boomer women who have abandoned all forms of organized religion, but those who seek to integrate personal spirituality with more traditional expressions of faith will find little that is useful here.
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