Crones Don’t Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women, by Jean Shinoda Bolen is an important and seminal book for women of all ages – especially for post menopausal women entering the third, crone phase of life……Short, sweet, and profoundly simple and wise, Jean Shinoda Bolen describes 13 qualities for women to cultivate; to assist them in living rich, engaged, active and vital lives. Each of these qualities has its’ own chapter with realistic suggestions and insights on how to embody and integrate these qualities into their lives.
One of the greatest gifts of this book, is that Jean Shinoda Bolen has taken on the challenge to redefine the much maligned and disparaged crone archetype and recreated it into a message that this is the time to yield into the “inner potential we grow into being.” In this day and age, where youth are seen everywhere and the old have become invisible, she is encouraging women to devote themselves to making this third life stage a “crowning” achievement,” ; a time for women to get in touch with their power, wisdom and creativity and to devote themselves to manifesting what really matters to them most.
Jean Shinoda Bolen argues that the time is right and ripe for this generation of older women to rise up and exert their power and influence to make the world a better place. She calls upon women to unite in circles, much like the Suffragettes and the women of the 60’s and 70’s did, to create sacred spaces with a spiritual center, to support individual transformation and ultimately to become change agents in the world.
Crones Don’t Whine provides a roadmap of sorts for women to recognize their inherent wise woman qualities and to hone those skills as they enter their juicy third life stage. It is about encouraging women to recognize their greatness and potential and to motivate them through the power of sisterhood and community to become change agents of the world.
Crones Don’t Whine is a gift for women of all ages. It’s never too early to start realizing our wise woman wisdom.
By Roberta Teller