Title: Unearthing Venus: My Search For the Woman Within
Author: Cate Montana
Genre: Memoir, Spirituality, New Age
The true story of a newspaper reporter whose life is turned upside down by an interview with a Brazilian shaman who awakens her to the realization she’s been liberated by Western culture to think, act, and even make love like a guy, Unearthing Venus chronicles the author’s ten-year quest to understand the dispossessed feminine nature within her and her world.
From the contented suburbs of post-World War II America to a primitive cabin in the North Georgia mountains, from the equestrian estates of the wealthy elite of Virginia to the smoky man’s world of contact sports and TV news, from New Age cult to the camps of ayahuasqueros in the Amazon, Unearthing Venus straddles cultures, ideologies, two centuries and several generations of change, jousting with the deepest gender and soul questions with humor, frankness and compelling humanity.
Am I in touch with the Goddess? This simple question kept echoing in my head while I was reading, Unearthing Venus. My answer is yes and my spiritual journey continues.
Unearthing Venus is the story of Cate, a newspaper reporter, searching for answers about who she is, where she belongs, what is her purpose in life and what it means to be woman. It starts with a question asked by a Brazilian shaman she’s interviewing and her soul begs for answers.
Let’s start at the beginning, I always say, and so Cate starts her memoir at her childhood. She doesn’t hold anything back and her insight is refreshing to read. She tells it like it is and as a reader, I was immersed in her life experiences. From losing her virginity to working on Monday Night Football, I couldn’t read fast enough. Her point of view is from a woman abused in every way from a male-dominant society; it’s something every woman can relate to.
What really drew me in was her spiritual journey. Fed up with life, she starts meditating. One night she opens herself up to the spiritual world and what happens over the next ten years will shock and surprise you.
Cate does a masterful job describing her spiritual journey without appearing less than authentic. This is her story about her spiritual journey. I laughed, cried, gasped and smiled. She’s filled with the Light and this book will enlighten you.
While I feel this book will appeal mostly to women, men who are searching for enlightenment and spiritual peace will be inspired by Unearthing Venus. After all, we’re all just souls searching for a place to call home.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Author of The E Word: Ego, Enlightenment & Other Essentials for the Simon & Schuster imprint Enliven Books (August 2016) and author of Unearthing Venus: My Search for the Woman Within, (Watkins 2013), co-author of The Heart of the Matter with Dr. Darren Weissman, Cate Montana, MA is a writer, freelance journalist and former editor with the hit indie film What the Bleep Do We Know!? She speaks regularly on a wide range of topics from transpersonal consciousness to the Divine Feminine. Once upon a time she also worked an an editor in network television production for ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, CNN and the BBC.
Her life’s mission is to wake people up to the nature of the ego mind and the tremendous shift in human consciousness currently taking place from limited personal ego concerns to high-potential transpersonal awareness. She also writes about the re-emergence of the divine feminine, the relationship between consciousness and quantum physics, mysticism, ancient mythologies and alternative health. She writes for the UK health magazine “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” and blogs for The Huffington Post. She has a master’s degree in humanistic psychology and lives in the Pacific Northwest. For now!
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N