The feminine is rising, restoring balance and revitalizing the world. With Wild Mercy, Mirabai Starr shares the subversive wisdom and fierce compassion of feminine mystics across cultural boundaries and throughout history. From saints and sages such as Mother Mary and the Sufi poet Rabia, to goddesses and archetypal energies including Kuan Yin and Gaia, to inspiring contemporary teachers and seekers—you’ll meet women who blazed a path that will illuminate your own.
Praise for Wild Mercy
angel Kyodo williams
Zen priest and author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation
Mirabai Starr has already been a firmly rooted beacon shining a light into the places history might have obscured the wisdom of women. With Wild Mercy she seductively weaves the wisdom of the world’s traditions—East, West, indigenous, and divined—as only she can, into a tapestry that takes up residence in our modern lives as inspired, healing, practical action, simultaneously comforting and fierce, as wild mercy must be: to live, love, and save the planet by. We are left knowing the truth of our own hearts’ healing as the balm of salvation for the world.
Hidden Treasure, Diamond in Your Pocket and Freedom and Resolve
Mirabai has combined her extraordinary life experiences with her sharp intellect and her ecstatic heart to produce a book that is electrifying. She uses interviews, history, and her uniquely clear writing skills to reveal seemingly disparate world spiritual views as emanations of the wondrous and mysterious wholeness. Highly recommended!
The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism and The Return of the Mother
No one can take us into the fiery and tender depths of the sacred feminine with more skill, humor, clarity and vibrant naked honesty than Mirabai Starr. Mirabai is herself a woman mystic grounded in the universal mysticism. The Mother is birthing in our world and her witness to what is needed in our time is essential for both men and women. I love this book and anyone who comes to it with an open heart will find its gorgeous writing. A depth of mystical insight and wonderful practical ways to help us all live a more embodied and passionately compassionate life.
Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts
Wild Mercy is mystical brilliance at its best. Mirabai once again gives the teachings of renowned women mystics new voice as only she can. Her gift for communicating the essential wisdom of the feminine is truly beyond compare. Mirabai is a poet of the soul. I adore her work.
Writing Down the Bones and Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home
What a compilation of great women. Starr has done a beautiful job of bringing forth the power of the feminine. It couldn’t be a more pertinent time in our country to publish this important illuminating material. The prose simply sings.
More Together Than Alone and The Book of Awakening
I urge men to read this book as well as women, for Wild Mercy will open the more enduring qualities we need to begin to repair the world.
Associate professor, Duke Divinity School
It would be difficult to find a more trustworthy guide of the feminine mystics than Mirabai. In Wild Mercy, Mirabai’s writing will lovingly pierce your consciousness, illuminat- ing pathways that draw you far below and beyond what you thought you knew about spirituality and humanity, masculin- ity and femininity, and truth and grace.
Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax
Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, and author of Standing at the Edge
An exquisite and inspiring book that reveals the great heart and wisdom of the feminine.
Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich. She is the award-winning author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, and Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols. Her latest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, was published in Spring 2019. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.