Leaving My Father's House:
A Journey to Conscious Femininity

by Marion Woodman


Shambala, 1993. ISBN 0877738963.
Reviewed by Susan Wittig Albert
Posted on 01/08/2001

Nonfiction: Life Lessons

This book has been around for a while, but we can't think about fathers without thinking about how our relationships with the men in our lives are shaped by the patriarchal culture in which we live. Leaving My Father's House offers the personal journeys of three wise women, mapping for us the process of understanding and turning away from the constraints that we must transcend if we are to become individuals, both strong and feminine at the same time. Each woman takes a different journey toward her own truth, each defines herself in different ways as she creates her own house, her own space, her own personal time. Working with dreams, journals, spaces, art, and music, the three women show us how to see our lives and our surroundings as metaphors for the process of interior growth, and teach us to understand how important it is to leave our Father's house in order to build and furnish the home of our own spirits. This isn't an easy book—the narratives are dense and interwoven and the language is influenced by Woodman's Jungian perspective. But for those who want to explore the archetype of the Father's House and its crucial importance in our lives, this is a must-read book.

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