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The moon in the well : wisdom tales to transform your life, family, and community
Meade, Erica Helm, 1954-
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, [2001]

Physical Description:
xx, 267 pages ; 21 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.).

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GR74.6 .M43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Moon in the Well is a collection of 65 tales from many cultures, followed by interpretive comments, suggested uses, and true-life examples of what can happen when a nourishing story is taken to heart. Erica Meade's musings and suggestions are intended to pique readers' interest in story and guide them in weaving wisdom tales into their everyday dialogues.

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Library Journal Review

Therapist Meade (Tell It by Heart: Women and the Healing Power of Story) argues persuasively that counseling alone is not enough to heal ourselves; storytelling is also important because "there comes a point when personal story requires mirroring through myth." Meade shows how we can spark inner healing and better everyday dialog by rekindling myths and folk and fairy tales that teach universal truths. She also ponders the origins, importance, and "how-to's" of storytelling, illuminating core issues such as rites of passage, reverence for nature, and the wisdom of elders. Anthologies of folklore are common, but Meade's keen reflections from life experience and her clever suggested uses for the tales set this work apart. Rich with interpretations of personal and social themes, her collection of 63 ancient tales from around the world will successfully convert readers into storytellers. Although the book lacks illustrations, an interesting theme index aids the reader in locating stories about similar issues. For psychology collections of public libraries. Lisa Liquori, Syracuse, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.