Joan Borysenko, the author of A Woman's Book of Life and many other volumes, has for years been facilitating women's spiritual retreats. In 1998, she led a pilgrimage to India during a period of spiritual dryness in her heart. Her faith was renewed through an encounter with an Indian reflexologist who taught her that "God can be known only through the fruits of the divine relationship in our lives." Borysenko also experienced a healing of her anger toward a Hindu guru who had betrayed her, the Catholic church's persecution of women, and Judaism's patriarchy.
In this book, she traces some of the universal dimensions of the feminine path of spirituality today. She covers the importance of intuition; Sarah's circle as an expression of community; the ability of women to celebrate God in any form; the significance of soul friends; the ability to listen afresh to the heroine's journey; the reclamation of women's religious stories (Lilith, Eve, Mary Magdalene); and experimentation with ritual, prayer, and the development of new avenues of service.
Borysenko's blueprint for women's spirituality is natural, earthy, relational, mystical, embodied, intuitive, and compassionate. "God is never closer," she writes, "than when the space between two hearts narrows." That's an eloquent one-sentence summary of her book.