FAR Press Publishes A Serpentine Path: Mysteries of the Goddess by Carol P. Christ

carol-p-christ-photo-michael-bakasThis is a great day for me as I announce the publication of A Serpentine Path: Mysteries of the Goddess. It is the first —but certainly not the last—book from the new FAR Press, directed by Gina Messina and Xochitl Alvizo, two of the founders of www.feminismandreligion.com. The release of my book is the fruit of friendship and collaboration that has been nourished in the blog community. I hope you will join with us in celebrating our joint venture by ordering the book, telling your friends about it, sharing it Facebook and Twitter (links below), reviewing it on Amazon, and letting Gina and Xochitl know if you can review in a magazine, journal, or blog.

Here is an excerpt from the preface to whet your appetite.


A Serpentine Path is a story that begins in despair and ends in rebirth and regeneration. It depicts a turning point in my life, a psychological and spiritual breakthrough that opened me to living the rest of my life in grace and joy. Though I am tempted to say it was a journey from darkness to light, that would be inaccurate, for mine was a journey into the darkness and out again. The path of life is never straight or narrow, and the circle of light and darkness is never-ending.

When I began the journey described in A Serpentine Path, I did not feel loved, I did not want to live, I could not write, and I believed the Goddess had betrayed my faith. As I completed the book, I knew I was loved, I wanted to live, I was writing, and I understood that the Goddess had never abandoned me. Though my life has had its ups and downs since then—as all lives do—I have never forgotten that I am loved, I have wanted to live, I have not stopped writing, and I feel the Goddess ever-present in my body, in my breath, and in my connections with the living and the dead. Though my story is deeply personal, my struggles with love and death, trust and control, are widely shared.

A story of finding the Goddess, A Serpentine Path is part of a growing genre that is developing as women explain to themselves and others why they left the patriarchal religions of their origins for a more nourishing spiritual vision that affirms both women and the earth. A Serpentine Path documents the first of the Goddess Pilgrimages to Crete I have been leading twice a year since then. For the women who have traveled with me, it will evoke many memories. For those who have dreamed of a pilgrimage to the Goddess, it offers an opportunity to imagine the journey. I now know a great deal more about ancient Crete, the folklore and customs of traditional Crete, and the rocks, trees and plants of Crete, than I did when I began. But I learned the mystery on my first pilgrimage. Because we are all deeply connected to each other, I know that the path to the mystery I discovered is not mine alone.


a-serpentine-path-amazon-coverBe among the first to order A Serpentine Path, Carol P. Christ’s moving memoir of transformation. Carol’s other new book written with Judith Plaskow is Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology. Carol also wrote the first Goddess feminist theology, Rebirth of the Goddess.

Join Carol on a Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete in 2017. Save $200.

Read two of the chapters in the book: Mysteries and Dionysian Rites.

Thanks to Judith Shaw for the cover art “Downward Serpent”

Categories: Books, Feminism, Feminism and Religion, General, Goddess, Goddess Spirituality

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17 replies

  1. Congratulations to author and publishers! What a thrilling collaboration!


  2. Congrats! I’m so glad that one of my favorite books will now be available again!


  3. I ordered and it was temporarily out of stock!


  4. I am giving myself this book today! Congratulations!


  5. Congratulations,, dear Carol and FAR press too!


  6. I love this book so much and am so glad it is available again. Well done!


  7. What a wonderful book! I’m so glad it is back in print and glad that FAR has it’s own press!


  8. Thanks, Carol, I ordered your “A Serpentine Path: Mysteries of the Goddess” from Amazon today, and look forward to receiving and reading it.


  9. This sounds amazing and truly healing. I will look for it soon. Congratulations!


  10. Thanks to all of you who liked and shared and commented. If you like the new book or its previous incarnation (Odyssey with the Goddess) and you are an Amazon customer, would you please write a review on Amazon, apparently these give the book a boost in the Amazon calculator. Thanking you in advance!


  11. Yippee! I’ve enjoyed all your books. I’m sure this one has a great deal to teach its readers.


  12. Beautiful cover, and congrats! Many good wishes for the coming success of FAR Press, well done!


  13. This is fabulous news Carol! I cannot wait to read it! and yes congratulations to FAR press!


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