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Motherhood is the true hero's journey - which is to say that it can be as harrowing as it is joyful, and enlightening as it is exhausting. For Jungian psychoanalyst Lisa Marchiano, this journey is not just an adventure of diaper bags and parent-teacher conferences, but one of intense self-discovery.

In Motherhood, Marchiano draws from a deep well of Jungian analysis and symbolic research to present a collection of fairytales, myths, and fables that evoke the spiritual arc of raising a child from infancy through adulthood.

Divided into three major segments similar to the stages of a hero's initiatory journey, (Descent, Sojourn, and Return), Motherhood charts how events like pregnancy, the calamities of childhood, and the empty-nest experience are all parts of an odyssey to which every mother receives an invitation. Here, Marchiano emphasizes that when you take up that invitation, it will lead to an adventure into the wild frontier of your own soul. And once you return from this inner journey, you'll possess the treasured knowledge need to clarify your values, embrace your disowned parts, and claim the mantle of motherhood in the full bloom of your empowerment.

©2021 Lisa Marchiano (P)2021 Tantor

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Soothing read

Sacredness of motherhood & the feminine wisdom encapsulated in fairy tales. A well written book. I came to know the author from "This jungian life" podcasts.

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  • Siv Rabben
  • 12-06-21

I am grateful that i found this book

Beautifully written about patterns in our psyke Women can be facing by being mothers. The author lead me through the book with her warm understanding of herself, the subject and, it felt, me and every mother. The shadow aspects of mothering was beautifully woven into the text and explained by using stories and fairytales. The text is smooth and easy to understand - even if English is not my first language. I feel this book is an important contribution to give value to mothering.

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  • Angela Alney
  • 31-08-21

Beautiful

I wanted my sisters to read this. It really cracked open some brand new thought processes of childhood, relationships and my own mothering. Loved it

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  • Jamie Condon
  • 15-08-21

Inspiring and encouraging

As a psychotherapist and mother, I found this book both personally and professionally enriching. Every chapter validates my experience in ways I’ve never encountered before. It is thought-provoking, insightful, and reminds me of the journey I’ve walked and am yet to walk. I am so grateful for this treasure, and hope to impart it on my own daughter one day.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-21

The book I didn't know I needed!

So relatable.
Felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster and a therapy session in one. Would recommend to any mother.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-21

Highly recommend!

This book not only for mothers or mothers to be. Highly recommend to anyone with a mother or a mother figure in their life. The narrators voice makes it soothing to listen without putting you to sleep. Listening to this book makes me want to buy it so I can highlight, mark, and come back to again and again.

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  • Marilyn Hasson
  • 20-06-21

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loved it a different look at motherhood and changes mothers go through or have you been gone through

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  • Siobhán Carroll
  • 20-09-21

brilliant listen for mothers

absolutely loved this book! a great, self-reflective read for mothers of children of all ages but particularly helpful for me as a mother of a toddler, just when all my buttons are starting to be pushed. I'm grateful to have these insights in my toolbox! and i loved the fairytales and how applicable they are all to the situations discussed in the book. I've just bought three hard copies to give to friends aa gifts, and will buy more copies come Christmas I'd say! loved it!! thank you Lisa!

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  • Josephine
  • 12-09-21

yes, yes and yes!

This book has been so validating, so comforting, so understanding...
Relationships with my kids, especially my daughters are here, explained through fairy tales, personal stories, references to the author's clients and Lisa's total honesty... I cannot endorse the content enough. I feel relieved about my mothering for the first time in my life. I had 3 children, all have moved on to their own lives. My 2 daughters have daughters of their own and the book illuminated so much. I did okay!!! I can say that with a smile and true conviction after reading Motherhood.

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  • Annette Pacey
  • 26-08-21

Wonderful

This is a beautiful, original book. It's not a parenting book in the usual sense but an exploration of the meaning and lessons of motherhood using fairytales and Jungian psychoanalytical approaches. It's thoughtful and emotional and yet remains grounded in reality. I recognised so much in here. Really highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-21

this book is a journey, one worth taking!!

I really loved this book, I feel like I healed as the book went on. I feel like I can breathe easier, like a weight has been lifted from my chest. This book is a gift to all mother's, going deep, in true Jungian style ! a work of art the way it has been put together, weaving the shadow work through along with the fairy tales and the real life examples. I'll be referring to this book over the years to come