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The Bitch, the Crone, and the Harlot

By Susan Schachterle

How do women enter the second half of life? For many, the assumption is that midlife marks the end of their most powerful period, when their sexual intensity, emotional vitality, and persuasiveness was at its peak. Not so, shows author Susan Schachterle in this warm, funny, and gorgeously written book.

Using incidents from history, case histories from her counseling work, stories from her life, and examples from her corporate and non-profit consulting career, she shows that midlife in fact represents a time when women ' s sexuality, wisdom, and power can come into full bloom.

Schachterle describes three archetypes that guide women's unfoldment after midlife. The first is the Bitch, which she defines as a woman who can make things happen — but without visiting devastation on the people and situations around her.

The second is the Crone, a woman who is a repository of all the wisdom and experience she has won in her earlier struggles; who is able to live from that wisdom herself, and whose acumen is generously offered in the service of others.

The third is the Harlot. With luscious words and images, Schacterle conjures up a world in which every delightful sensory experience is noticed, and absorbed fully. Rather than being distracted by the frantic pace of her youth, the Harlot gives herself time to absorb the beauty around her — as well as reveling in her deep store of sexual knowledge. For a generation of women who are healthier, wealthier, and more attuned to their spiritual fulfillment, this book engages the heart and the senses to offer a grand new image of the rich possibilities available to women at midlife.

Susan Schachterle, author of The Bitch, The Crone, and The Harlot (winner
of the 2007 IPPY Award) and Director of the Ahimsa Group, believes we have
only scratched the surface of the power and possibility inherent in the
human mind and heart. She has spent over two decades assisting individuals
and organizations to find and implement their inherent power, wisdom, and
joy. She has worked with a wide variety of organizations, both across the
US and internationally. Her work is based on the fierce and unwavering
belief that just about everything is possible for just about everyone, once
their energy is focused in the most appropriate and powerful direction and
aligned with their internal images, goals, and self-talk. Susan uses a wide
range of cutting-edge tools to ensure that her clients can access their own
natural excellence in any situation. In this book she uses her wisdom to
present a compelling new vision of the possibilities for women at midlife.

Other information:

Available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-60070-028-6 (hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1-60070-028-4 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60070-018-7 (softcover)
ISBN-10: 1-60070-018-7 (softcover)
Published by: Elite Books, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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