Walking with Persephone: A Journey of Midlife Descent and Renewal
Release: September 2021
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-910559-67-3 | $16.99 | €14.99 | £12.99 | 9″x 6″ | 229x152mm | 300pp
eBook: ISBN: 978-1-910559-66-6
Categories: Health & Fitness / Women’s Health
Midlife can be a time of great change – inner and outer. How do we journey through this…and what can we learn in the process? Molly Remer is our personal guide to the unraveling and reweaving required in midlife. She invites us to take a walk with the goddess Persephone, whose story of descent into the Underworld has much to teach us. This book is a journey of soul-rebuilding, of putting the pieces of oneself back together.
Walking with Persephone weaves together personal insights and reflections with experiences in practical priestessing, family life, and explorations of the natural world. It advocates opening our eyes to the wonder around us, encouraging the reader to both look within themselves for truths about living, but also to the earth, the air, the animals, and plants we share our lives with.
Part memoir, part poetry, part soul guide, Molly’s evocative voice is in the great American tradition of sacred nature writing.
What a gloriously contemplative, hopeful, truthful book. It took me deep into my innermost heart and reminded me of the simple grace of being alive. A book to keep nearby when you forget what matters most.
Jennifer Louden, author of Why Bother? and The Woman’s Retreat Book
Growing up as a high-achiever and a good girl, Molly Remer always did everything she could for everyone else, until it became too much. Her story of “losing her soul” will resonate with many women. She learns that it is necessary to do less for others in order to restore her self.
Carol P. Christ, author of Rebirth of the Goddess and Goddess and God in the World
Walking with Persephone opened my heart in such an unexpected way; I felt as though I were having an intimate conversation with a dear friend. Molly’s words felt like an echo of my own deepest thoughts and questions and revelations as I have journeyed along the path to middle-age. As I have learned from my many years of leading Red Tent circles, we women need each other’s stories in order to understand our own lives. In Walking with Persephone, Molly gifts us all with a powerful and much-needed story of personal transformation and reclamation.
Amy Wilding, author of Wild & Wise: Sacred Feminine Meditations for Women’s Circles & Personal Awakening
Packed with Molly Remer’s glorious prose and poetry, Walking with Persephone is a heartfelt and glorious read. My copy is furiously marked up with passages to return to. There is much wisdom and healing to be found in this very relatable book.
Trista Hendren, Creatrix of Girl God Books
I smiled often in recognition while reading Molly Remer’s account of her midlife underworld journey, Walking with Persephone. Like her, I find sustenance in my relationship with the natural world, the power of Place, and the Sacred Feminine. I see myself and my community in her story as she meets the challenge of tending to the needs of her inner life while not abandoning responsibilities to family and work. I loved the authenticity of her ruminations; it was like having a heartfelt talk with a good friend. Her words sparked my own creativity as I read, even though midlife is behind me and I grapple with different challenges. All of us will descend and rise time and time again over the course of our lives. I recommend this book as an inspiring map for navigating your own underworld journey, complete with tools and devotional practices to guide you on your way.
Joanna Powell Colbert, creator of the Gaian Tarot and co-creator of The Herbcrafter’s Tarot
This book is a guide to those who feel torn between the needs of family and community and the needs of their own soul. If you are a lover of solitude who finds herself doing too much, this book is a consolation. While Molly Remer does not offer easy answers, she offers a way forward by staying with the tension in her own life. She roots herself in the natural world, in her fierce belief in everyday magic, in the stories of Persephone, and in daily rituals that will nurture and sustain. And she invites and inspires the reader to do
the same. She carefully and honestly explores burnout, overcommitment, and also the tender hope that perhaps the needs of her own soul are not as far off as she may initially think from the life she has so carefully crafted.
Natalie Bryant Rizzieri, author of Muddy Mysticism: The Sacred Tethers of Body, Earth and Everyday