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If you look hard enough in your local bookstore, next to the "women's studies" wall, youn will find a small shelf devoted to men's issues. Audio tapes
and videos are also available, if only you could find them.
There is a lot of powerful material there for you. Here are book reviews, audio tape reviews
and video reviews that might help you along
your path. We did not list the two most-cited classics in the field, Robert Bly's Iron John(order on-line)
and Sam Keen's Fire in the Belly,(order on-line) since, it seems, everybody knows about them.
But now, if you're reading this page you can get just about any "men's book" you want, threough MenWeb Direct or through Amazon.com.
and tape catalog
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Book and Tape Reviews
Free book! Jack Kammer, author of Good Will Toward Men, has come out with a new book If Men Have All the Power How Come Women Make the Rules? It seems that publishers are not anxious to take on a book like this, so Jack is offering it free for your download. It's an electronic versioin. readable with Adobe Acrobat (.PDF format).
Contentment: A Way to True Happiness, by Robert A. Johnson and Jerry M. Ruhl. Reviewed by Bert H. Hoff. "So what is contentment, and how do we find it? Johnson and Ruhl explore this theme brilliantly, through the use of the story of King Lear, myths and stories from other cultures, and anectodes from their own lives." (order on-line)
The Second Adventure of Life: Reinventing Mentors and Elders, an audio tape featuring Michael Meade. Reviewed by Bert H. Hoff (order on-line) Also hear MP3 WebCasts of segments from this tape.
Michael Meade's new tape is, itself, an imaginative and stimulating adventure. In it, he weaves together ideas from quantum physics, chaos theory, tribal wisdom traditions and archetypal psychology around the theme of elders and mentoring. He does so in startling and inventive ways.
The Sibling Society, by Robert Bly. Reviewed by Bert H. Hoff (order on-line)
Classics Now in Paperback. by Bert H. Hoff. Allan Chinen's Beyond the Hero, John Lee's At My Father's
Wedding (now The Wounded Lover), and Aaron Kipnis and
Liz Herron's Gender War, Gender Peace (now What Women
and Men Really Want).
Men Healing Shame: An Anthology. Review by Bert H. Hoff. (order on-line)
Another Way Home: A Single Father's Story, by John Thorndike. Review by Halim Dunsky. (order on-line)
Talking With our Brothers: Creating and Sustaining a Dynamic Men's Group by George M. Taylor.
Books on Men's Groups. Interested in starting a men's group? Need something
to hold your group together? Shepherd Bliss' review of two excellent books is still timely.
Robert Bly and Marion Woodman, On Men and Women. Very powerful 6-part videotape series. Our Bly/Woodman
discussion groups are very successful.
Andrew Kimbrell, The Masculine Mystique: The Politics of Masculinity. (order on-line)
Aaron Kipnis, Knights Without Armor. Still one of the classics on what Men's Work is all about. (order on-line)
Joseph Jastrab, Sacred Manhood, Sacred Earth. A Quest into the Wilderness of a Manís Heart. Powerful and moving.
Allan B. Chinen, Beyond the Hero: Classic Stories of Men in Search of Soul. Very well-done, thought-provoking. (order on-line)
Allan B. Chinen, Once Upon a Midlife: Classic Stories and Mythic Tales to Illuminate the Middle Years Enjoyable, often funny. Alan captures the essence of what this Menís Work is all about. (order on-line)
Aaron Kipnis and Elizabeth Herron, Gender War, Gender Peace. Highly-recommended book on gender issues. Republished as What Women and Men Really Want: Creating Deeper Understanding and Love in Our Relationships (order on-line)
Malidoma Somé, Of Water and the Spirit. Initiated Dagara tribesman tells his story. Book Audio Cassette
Michael Meade, Men and the Water of Life. Deep and powerful, full of poractical insight on soul-work; will challenge you to go deep within yourself. (order on-line)
John Lee, Facing the Fire: Experiencing and Expressing Anger Appropriately. Well-done, practical, very readable, fresh insights on men's anger. (order on-line)
Douglas M. Gillette, Primal Love: Reclaiming Our Instincts for Lasting Passion (New York, NY: St. Martinís Press, 1995). Highly readable book on the implications of evolutionary biology ("the million-year-old man") on our relationships. (Hardbound out of print) Audio cassettes
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow. A very important and very readable book. This column also reviews Robert Bly's A Little Book on the Human Shadow and a Tarcher/Putnam anthology, Meeting the Shadow. (order on-line)
Robert Moore and Doug Gillette on the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover. Classics.
David Whyte, The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America. Powerfully and well-done, on difficult topic. (order on-line)
James Hillman, Kinds of Power: A Guide to Its Intelligent Uses. (order on-line)
Healing From Child Sexual Abuse: Book Reviews. by Scott Abraham, a survivor himself.
Michael Meade, Thresholds of Change: Finding Purpose and Inner Authority in Troubled Times. Tape: Michael Meade on Elder Energy.
Malidoma and Sobonfu Somé, We Have No Word for Sex: An Indigenous View of Intimacy. Tape: fascinating and insightful.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, How to Love a Woman. Tape. (order on-line) (Other Estťs tapes and books)
James Hollis, Under Saturn's Shadow. The Wounding and Healing of Men. (order on-line)
Daphne Patai and Noretta Koertge, Professing Feminism:
Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women's
Studies (order on-line).
Thomas Moore, Thomas Moore on Creativity. Tape. Author of Care of the Soul and Soul Mates offers fresh views on the creative process. (order on-line)
Robert A. Johnson, Lying with the Heavenly Woman. Understanding and Integrating the Feminine Archetypes in Menís Lives. (order on-line)
Robert A. Johnson, The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden. Understanding and Integrating the Feminine Archetypes in Menís Lives. (order on-line)
Patrick M. Arnold, Wildmen, Warriors and Kings: Masculine
Spirituality and the Bible
. New York: Crossroad, 1991) (order on-line)
Gregory Max Vogt, Return to Father: Archetypal Dimensions of
. (Dallas, TX: Spring, 1991) (order on-line)
Lust and Life: Unearthing Our Authentic Selves, by Ted Senecal. Review of Sex and Spirit, on gay spirituality.
Books on Men's Work with a Christian perspective, by Bert H. Hoff
David Blankenhorn, Fatherless in America. Order on-line
Dr. Sam Osherson, Passions of Fatherhood. Order on-line
Jack Kammer, Good Will Towards Men. Order on-line
Eugene R. August, The New Menís Studies: A Selected and Annotated Interdisciplinary Bibliography (Englewood CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1994)(2nd Edition). Order on-line
Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash, The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Fathers-To-Be. (New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1995) Order on-line
Except as noted, book reviews are by Bert H. Hoff, Editor.
Native American Traditions
Oral Tradition. Rick Chelew. Audio tape series of Malidoma and Sobonfu Somé, other classic tapes of seminars with Robert Bly, Michael Meade, and James Hillman - good tapes on Men's Work.
Ally Press Center. Mail order company featuring mythopoetic books and tapes, and specializing in Robert Bly's works. Free newsletter. 1-800-729-3002. Click here to go to their Web on-line catalog - but please come back! (They have a link back to us at the bottom of their Home Page.)
Applewood Communications. Source of Bly/Woodman On Men and Women videotape series. 1-800-361-0541.The Applewood
Centre for Spiritual Studies Applewood, producer of the Robert Bly/Marion Woodman videotape series "On Men and Women" reviewed in this magark, has a Web site prividing resources for the inner journey, soul work and transformational learning. Home of the Bly/Woodman and Sam Keen video series, Applewood also offers on-line "learning circles" guided by exceptional
Inner City Books. This small Jungian publishing house has many books for men, including Eugene Monk's Phallos and James Hollis' Under Saturn's Moon, as well as Marion Woodman's books. 1-800-444-2524 (ext. 12)
Tom Golden has a Web site he calls "Crisis, Grief & Healing". It has more of his writing on men and grief, information on him, and information about his book Swallowed by a Snake. His vision is that his Place to Honor Grief will also be a place to share and dialog on men and grief.
Jack Kammer, author of Good Will Toward Men, has a Web site that contains excerpts from the book and describtions of media resistance to it.
Limbus. Michael Meade's book and tape store. Vashon Island. (206) 463-9387. Mosaic Multicultural Foundation Michael Meade's site for Voices of Youth, Voices of Community. 206-935-3665. 1-800-233-6984. 4218-1/2 SW Alaska,
Suite H, Seattle, WA 98116
Sounds True Recordings. Many good tapes on inner work, soul work, and Jungian psychology. Home of an extensive series of tapes by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and many good tapes on Men's Work. Free catalog includes interesting and informative interviews. 1-800-333-9185
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