"Concerned about a future for your daughter? Here is a wake-up call for us all. Andrew Gilchrist identifies the neglect and abuse of the ‘daughter’ in Western traditions. Read and embrace an inclusive vision for family, culture and religion."
John Duggan, D.Min., Ph.d
"An impressive read!"
"Reading the introduction alone gave me goosebumps."
David Dyuti Sheil
"I feel smarter after reading it."
"How about I just read the sub-headings?"
"Gilchrist presented me with a new way to view the “maiden” archetype. The Divine Daughter is often skipped over when delving into the psychological depths of mythology. We see her as a prize or a sacrifice, but we rarely stop to consider our relationship to her. We have a glimpse of her as she was right before she transforms into a hero or heroine (those are different journeys everyone must take), but we hardly stop to pay attention to her until she’s begun her own quest...
This book goes into great detail to help us understand the fourth, often forgotten, member of the Divine family, and what our own relationship with her can tell us about ourselves. Gilchrist takes you on a journey to discover your relationship with the observed other of our daily lives, and how taking notice of this divine presence could change the way we think."
Author of the Love Cursed series and Secret Blood series
"I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. I found it to be more of a conversation with, rather than a lecture from the author, which I absolutely appreciate.
Andrew Gilchrist takes an in depth look at many of the stories that we are told over and over, be they fictional, factual or mythological and puts them all together in such a way that the similarities of these voices can truly be heard. Some of the stories make you laugh, some make you cry, some make you angry and some give you hope. But most of all, it allows us to explore how we see (and how we don’t see) ‘The Divine Daughter’ and helps us to truly appreciate the importance of her voice. And now we are finally able to hear her voice everywhere."
"This book made me mad!"
"The book is woven together with stories, both ancient and modern. Gilchrist looks at contemporary issues and current events through a colorful lens of history, religious tradition, culture and mythology. It's incredibly applicable to anyone who is struggling to make sense of, or find peace within their faith tradition or culture, in a time of secularization and rapid cultural change.
The book will be invaluable for anyone who has gone through a faith transition, or who wonders how to keep the things they really value about their tradition, while also embracing some of the positive changes of globalism, diversity, and an increasingly secular world.
I loved Gilchrist's use of ancient imagery like the walled garden, or the hierarchy of a pyramid, and how these patterns repeat themselves as our social structures encounter new and challenging information. We sometimes want to expand the walls of the garden, and change can be very slow. We sometimes feel squeezed out by the traditional boundaries of our own culture or faith tradition. Gilchrist helps to frame this as a very old part of the human experience, and as part of finding our path in a diverse and abundant world.
I at first bought a Kindle edition, but decided to own a paper copy to be kept on my desk. It's full of post-it notes and underlined passages. This is what happens when I read something both challenging and wonderful!"
Rebecca Simpson Craft
"What fascinating perspectives this book brings to how we got to here - well beyond the normal gender lens in the usual ways - instead going deeper and incorporating much broader,
It's a book that will spark a lot of thoughtful discussion and Amarok is delighted to be mentioned in it."
"In The Divine Daughter, Andrew Gilchrist
has brought together evidence from
History, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Mythology, and Religion to present a picture of the status of women,
past and present.
He also offers insights into how humans can better honour each other in general, for an improved world
and more sacred relationships."
"This book is an example of how
growth as an individual can be inspiring. It has connected me back to a love of writing. I haven’t been this excited in years!"
"After I read this book, my first thought was, 'What would have happened or changed for me if this was available to read
40 years ago?'
My life career had been mainly centred on reading dry procedural technical manuals. For me this was a fantastic experience to read a book that challenged both my instilled upbringing
and my current beliefs.
It raised questions on societies’ views of the 'daughter’. Let's hope it becomes a required High School read to open minds!"
“A joining of literature, philosophy, religion, music, psychology, and many other areas of study, this book is packed with references and information.
It starts with the fundamentals of character, setting, and story, relating them to the journey of daughters in our world. Then it ties all that together with solutions and a vision for the future.
All of this in the form of a long and beautiful song.”