Roar Like a Goddess: Every Woman’s Guide to Becoming Unapologetically Powerful, Prosperous, and Peaceful

Sounds True. Sept. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781683648826. pap. $19.99. SPIRITUALITY
In her previous books, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom and Sovereign Self, Shunya mined India’s scriptural classics for practical (recipes) and intangible (meditation) self-help. Her new book argues that “spiritual knowledge” can free women or anyone femme-identifying from patriarchal repression, connecting them to their inner goddess. Three revered Hindu figures provide her framework: Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Durga embodies power, courage, and righteous rage; Lakshmi represents self-worth, contentment, and balanced goals; Saraswati models wisdom and peaceful authenticity. They are not worshipped as individuals (Hinduism is not polytheistic) but seen as manifestations of Maa Shakti, the Supreme Divine, within. Conversational and hortatory, Shunya’s writing reflects her teaching/speaking style. She retells key traditional stories, analyzing them creatively and insightfully, while connecting them to history, social movements, her own and others’ experiences (footnotes give sources), and offering brief “contemplation” suggestions.
VERDICT Readers looking for life-coaching advice, admonition, affirmation, inspiration, and encouragement will find it here. The text also contributes general knowledge about Hinduism and Indian culture.
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