Many women who have left their childhood religion still have a strong belief in God and are searching to make a meaningful connection.
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Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
A recent survey released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that more than one in five American adults now have no religious affiliation. This is an increase from 15 percent to 19 percent of American adults from the survey five years ago.
The survey reports that two-thirds of the unaffiliated - sometimes referred to as the “nones” - believe in God, one-in-five (21%) say that they pray every day and more than a third classify themselves as “spiritual” but not “religious.”
“Many women who have left their childhood religion still have a strong belief in God and are searching to make a meaningful connection,” says author Christine Green. “They turn to God when life’s challenges become overwhelming. Those challenges are the key to reconnecting with their faith.”
In Authentic Spirituality: A Woman’s Guide to Living an Empowered Life, Green taps her 20 years of counseling to highlight stresses and challenges that women face every day. The book includes case histories and Green’s own experiences on her path of spiritual development.
“As little girls, women obeyed the rules and expectations of family, the church and society”, says Green. “Rules were repeated constantly. Be polite. Share with everyone. It’s not nice to be angry. Little girls should be seen and not heard. Years later, many women woke up to find their creativity suppressed and struggling to find meaning in their lives. They often search for meaning on an individual spiritual quest rather than turn to the church.”
The book is a handy and accessible guide and a helpful tool for women of all ages, professions, and spiritual development. It provides insights and practical resources for the reader to let go of childhood beliefs and to transform challenges into intentions. Green’s honesty about her own journey breathes life into the principles. Readers will learn how to:
- Identify the pitfalls that prevent change
- Overcome blocks and ask for what they want
- Take responsibility without blaming themselves
- Let go of unproductive thinking
- Develop techniques to take action
“Women are often unaware of the substantial emotional baggage they carry,” says Green. “Guilt, self-judgment, victim thinking are a few of the ways women sabotage themselves. Using practices and prayers they can move past the old beliefs and begin to see a new perspective of their lives."
Christine Green is an ordained minister and founder of Sacred Heart Ministries in Portland, Oregon, providing global resources and education for spiritual evolution. She has served in leadership roles at a number of ministries both in California and Oregon. She has been a spiritual teacher and counselor for over 20 years both nationally and abroad.
Authentic Spirituality: A Woman’s Guide to Living an Empowered Life published by WiseWoman Press ($15.95, 139 pages, 5 x 8, paperback, ISBN: 978-0-945385-42-4) is available at neighborhood and online booksellers or by calling 800-603-3005.
WiseWoman Press, located in Vancouver, Washington, is committed to developing, publishing, and distributing products of the highest quality that will awaken, enlighten and empower humanity.