At an age when most people would be thinking about retirement, Helen M. Luke embarked on two new careers, helping found the Apple Farm Community, a retreat and study center near Three Rivers, Michigan, and simultaneously making her debut as a writer, drawing on a lifetime of spiritual and psychological counseling. These essays, published over three decades, show the breadth of Luke's experiences as a Jungian psychologist, lecturer, and author. The collection is divided into three sections, indicative of three main streams in Luke's own thinking: her distinctive viewpoint as a woman who has lived through and observed every decade of the present century; the importance of Anglo-Catholicism as a touchstone for responsibility and discrimination in her search; and her lifelong love of examining the world's great literature as a route towards knowledge. Luke's ideas are often iconoclastic to contemporary attitudes of sexual politics, religious dogma, and literary interpretation: her approach is individual and unique, rigorous and refreshing, as she combines three paths — the way of woman, the way of discrimination, and the way of story — into a kaleidoscope of the inner journey necessary to us all.
Newcomers as well as those familiar with Luke's earlier book Women: Earth and Spirit (Crossroad, 1984. 2d ed.) will enjoy this new essay collection. Luke employs her distinctive blend of Jungian and Christian analysis to explore the quest for individuation as portrayed in ancient and modern literature. Among the works she discusses are the biblical tales of the Exodus, Jacob and Saul, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the allegorical novels of Charles Williams. Luke challenges readers to delve deeply into the stories and acknowledge the religious and psychological truths she uncovers. Readers interested in spirituality, feminism, or the psychological and religious interpretation of literature will find Luke's essays thought-provoking. Recommended.
- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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