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An examination of the nature of power that offers creative alternatives for positive change in our personal lives, our communities, and our world.


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An examination of the nature of power that offers creative alternatives for positive change in our personal lives, our communities, and our world.

30 review for Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Story

    I have a complicated relationship with Starhawk's writing. I am an atheist. I was a teenager when I was introduced to Neo-Paganism, and it was what led me to finally leave my mother's faith, and slowly become an atheist. This book might appear to be filled with crystal waving New Age woo-woo, but Starhawk makes some very real points about the psychology of resistance, and the role of ritual in forming a fairly complete and whole conception of the self within community. It's peppered with idealis I have a complicated relationship with Starhawk's writing. I am an atheist. I was a teenager when I was introduced to Neo-Paganism, and it was what led me to finally leave my mother's faith, and slowly become an atheist. This book might appear to be filled with crystal waving New Age woo-woo, but Starhawk makes some very real points about the psychology of resistance, and the role of ritual in forming a fairly complete and whole conception of the self within community. It's peppered with idealism, Goddess spirituality branch feminism, 12 step apologism, and a moderate to low dose of woo, but mixed in with it I do see valid approaches to ritual and practical community building around the concept of undermining hierarchy. Starhawk approaches magic and ritual as tools of psychology. That in itself is valuable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margot

    This book has some interesting insights into power and authority. I had the good fortune to be taking an online course with Starhawk while I read the book. So, I could go over some of the material which was written when she was a graduate student and we could look at it from a different perspective. She really does have some excellent ideas, but she confuses power with having to have status... Sometimes, having power doesn't have to be equated with having status on a social scale. In fact, if yo This book has some interesting insights into power and authority. I had the good fortune to be taking an online course with Starhawk while I read the book. So, I could go over some of the material which was written when she was a graduate student and we could look at it from a different perspective. She really does have some excellent ideas, but she confuses power with having to have status... Sometimes, having power doesn't have to be equated with having status on a social scale. In fact, if you aren't expecting to rise into the power structure as defined by the book, you can do a lot more for yourself and more damage to the mainstream power structure that we live in.

  3. 4 out of 5

    S H

    We spoke the truth We dared to live it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    I was all ready to not like this book. However, I have found it to be one of Sarhawk's best pieces, easily surpassing The Spiral Dance, and is currently neck and nect with Dreaming the Dark for my personal favorite by Starhawk. I was all ready to not like this book. However, I have found it to be one of Sarhawk's best pieces, easily surpassing The Spiral Dance, and is currently neck and nect with Dreaming the Dark for my personal favorite by Starhawk.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    “As a woman, a Jew, a white-skinned person, an out-of-the-broom-closet Witch, a bisexual, a highly educated person who has experienced varying economic circumstances, I feel I know something about both prejudice and privilege.” — Quote from the book. Starhawk is reputable and this book came highly recommended. She’s smart and has good ideas. Her writing was nothing short of mind-expansion that WILL get you thinking. My only complaint is that spending concentrated, unbroken hours reading the mate “As a woman, a Jew, a white-skinned person, an out-of-the-broom-closet Witch, a bisexual, a highly educated person who has experienced varying economic circumstances, I feel I know something about both prejudice and privilege.” — Quote from the book. Starhawk is reputable and this book came highly recommended. She’s smart and has good ideas. Her writing was nothing short of mind-expansion that WILL get you thinking. My only complaint is that spending concentrated, unbroken hours reading the material quickly got dull. Spirituality and paganism meets political activism is interesting, but perhaps more condensed would have kept a star intact. That being said, I definitely intend to read more of her work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pablo Roman

    This shall be a book i return to time and time again. A truly powerful book exploring different systems of power, and filled with tools to help us decolonise our bodies and psyches in order to create a different world. Truly inspirational.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sally Rhett

    More personal than the first book of hers I read

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dodie

    This book had some interesting ideas about power and authority but compared to her other books I didn’t enjoy it as much.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phila Hoopes

    Using the myth of Inanna's descent as her framework, Starhawk traces the causes of modern women's disempowerment and the path to healing, community-building and empowering action. This is a wise and affirming handbook for change that pulls no punches - the author writes with the voice of an veteran activist who's taken her convictions to the streets and behind prison bars; she's experienced the oppression of a militarized and authoritarian state, and she still asserts the power of the feminine p Using the myth of Inanna's descent as her framework, Starhawk traces the causes of modern women's disempowerment and the path to healing, community-building and empowering action. This is a wise and affirming handbook for change that pulls no punches - the author writes with the voice of an veteran activist who's taken her convictions to the streets and behind prison bars; she's experienced the oppression of a militarized and authoritarian state, and she still asserts the power of the feminine principle in defense of the planet and the people. To read this book is to be faced with stark insights on the roots of one's own fear, self-doubt, and inaction, and to receive the tools for change - if one chooses to take them up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    I have re-read this years after the first time. My ideas on power, authority and status have changed, evolved and grown, and now perhaps I do not find all that Starhawk theorises to be resonant. That is part of growing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I got about half way through the book and stopped reading, not quite bored but definitely not engaged enough to get to the end. However, it is still on my shelf waiting to be finished because I did find some of the content worthwhile.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rigg

    I remember as I was exploring various non-Christian spiritual traditions in my early 20s, this book meant a lot to me. I wrote in my journal from 1994 that it as making me think about my "inner censor." I remember as I was exploring various non-Christian spiritual traditions in my early 20s, this book meant a lot to me. I wrote in my journal from 1994 that it as making me think about my "inner censor."

  13. 5 out of 5

    MotherMagic

    Very practical work for understanding egalitarian group dynamics. Full of exercises and thought provoking questions for exploring self, other, and community. Beautifully offered via the Mystery tale of Innanna's descent into and return from the underworld. Very practical work for understanding egalitarian group dynamics. Full of exercises and thought provoking questions for exploring self, other, and community. Beautifully offered via the Mystery tale of Innanna's descent into and return from the underworld.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jaeme

    This is an excellent explanation of power, mystery and authority; how our cultural experiences shape our responses to situations and people, and how to reclaim and "own" your personal power and authority. This is an excellent explanation of power, mystery and authority; how our cultural experiences shape our responses to situations and people, and how to reclaim and "own" your personal power and authority.

  15. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Prince

    I went to a Starhawk lecture at the University of Denver before this book came out. She is a powerful speaker and led the audience in a ceremony out on the greens.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meadow

    magic = molding consciousness at will!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim Stewart

    Her best book in my opinion. An exciting treatise on power: over and with, and the potential of human beings to realise theirs together.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jefe Carroll

    Great reference of individual and group dynamics and how to handle issues of power and control. Starhawk does an amazing job binding the practical and the magical.

  19. 4 out of 5

    James Welsch

    At least this is what the sheave of the book I'm reading is, but the cover doesn't always reflect the contents. At least this is what the sheave of the book I'm reading is, but the cover doesn't always reflect the contents.

  20. 4 out of 5

    yamiyoghurt

    I love her insights into community and power.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Hunt

    I have read this book, or parts of it, multiple times. I consider it one of the foundational books any social activist should read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shiro

    Really awesome book makes you think

  23. 5 out of 5

    Devan Bennett

    This book was phenomenal. It instantly became one of my favorite books. I ordered my own copy before I even finished the copy I had checked out from my local library.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Udaya Udayar

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    Powerful and truth telling.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tricha

    Really love the way this changes the concept of how we perceive responsibility, power, and control. I have gone back to this book a number of times.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Whiskeyb

    What? I did a lot of strange pagan-ass things in my parent's backyard when I was seventeen. I also got strange books like this through the mail~! What? I did a lot of strange pagan-ass things in my parent's backyard when I was seventeen. I also got strange books like this through the mail~!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Bought this book for a distance learning course with the author. The course is over, but I will be back to this book!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    power/over relationships discussed at length

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wyld

    Great ideas for working with others, awe-inspiring as always!

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