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Many of us absorbed the rules for being male or female from our families and the culture in which we grew to adulthood. We formed beliefs about a man’s role and a woman’s role based on what we observed and experienced; mostly, those beliefs had to do with what men and woman did rather than who they were. Our ideas about what constitutes "masculine" and "feminine," by now outdated and inadequate, have led to a precarious imbalance both in our inner lives and in our external lives of relating to men and women. The result? A gender war.
In Joining Forces, Jeanie Miley explains that our deeply ingrained gender expectations have created an imbalance in our emotional and spiritual lives and have kept us from becoming our most authentic selves. Joining Forces will help readers discover the masculine and feminine characteristics that connect, unite, and restore us—traits that men and women alike can and do express. By joining our masculine and feminine strengths, we restore our own souls, our creative energies, and our own true, essential natures.
In the book world, there is sacred space at the intersection of genuine warmth and healing wisdom. Jeanie Miley stands solidly in that space. Joining Forces is transformative, daring, and unapologetically hopeful. I have studied and taught gender for over a decade, and this book took me to a new place of healing and liberation. Read Joining Forces, talk about it, share it with people you love, and watch the possibilities unfold!
— Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW
Author of I Thought It was Just Me:
Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power
In this honest and very personal book, Jeanie Miley provides a creative and impassioned response to the "gender wars," calling men and women to recognize similarities and differences as signs of a common humanity. Blending her own experiences with other diverse voices she offers spiritual guidance and pragmatic strategy toward a new paradigm of male/female relationships and honest communication.
— Bill J. Leonard
Wake Forest University Divinity School