Last stop on the #nsfwreads @booksparks blog tour! I received The Spiritual Vixen’s Guide to an Unapologetic Life and immediately though this was going to be the juiciest of the blog tour – I mean, that cover! Hahaaa… well, totally NOT the case. I’m a cover judger. I have to be – it’s part of my real job (aside from my pretend job where I’m a wannabe famous, wealthy book reviewer) and I judge every single cover that crosses my path, and I DO buy books based solely on their cover! Sorry! #truth
To me, I’m not so sure the cover matched the inside.
While the book started slow for me – I was unprepared for the “self-help” tips, and the heavy handed “God stuff” – but, I kept reading and found myself immersed in a really sweet, heartbreaking, then heartwarming memoir of a life thoroughly lived (and still living) from the brutal honesty of a really powerful chick! Or, ahem – sorry, a “really bad-a$$ Spiritual Vixen!” Maureen is inspiring – she’s been through a lot, and she’s very relatable. For me, the self help tips and tricks – not my thing. And that’s OK. They are summarized just at the end of each chapter- and very useful I can imagine for those who read for empowerment and strength. VERY helpful. But me, I just like a good story – that’s all I like to do when I read. And THIS was a good story!
I found myself thinking of that whole Godwinks thing… again, not my thing, but I love the “coincidence” stories and the signs that Maureen gets throughout her life – they make the story of her life extremely fascinating and I have to say, she’s pretty darn inspirational.
“Life has a way of trying to make us her bitch.”
I think this just might be my most favorite quote of the year. Life is hard. Maureen’s life was really hard for a time being, and it’s not easy navigating life – so I appreciate her voice, and I sincerely believe she must be a great help in her current profession to people who are struggling.
The book is filled with some really awesome moments of girl power. From her sisters, to her friends – even some strangers, there’s a definitely theme of female empowerment:
“Women have been burned at the stake, but we’ve been branding each other ever since. It’s time to lay all the that down and move in a true direction of peace and empowerment.”
I’m glad I stuck with it. I had some reservations in the beginning, as some of the churches views I tend to really disagree with, but I love the spiritual awakening she has towards the end of the book – in fact I might have cheered out loud a bit for her 🙂
I think everyone should definitely give this book a chance. And DON’T judge it by it’s cover! Sorry Maureen – you are GORGEOUS! But my husband immediately looked over as I was reading and was like… “Are you reading a dirty book!?!” lol To me, this book is VERY SFW! Not NSFW! It’s not naughty, as her pose may suggest – these nothing juicy or raunchy about it. And even if you aren’t looking for any sort of spiritual guide – it’s still a really great, inspiring story, and I feel just a little bit like a Spiritual Vixen myself – just from having read it.
Get it now on Amazon here: The Spiritual Vixen’s Guide to an Unapologetic Life
- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: She Writes Press (November 20, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163152447X
- ISBN-13: 978-1631524479
Maureen Muldoon is a writer, motivational speaker, author, and life coach who spent twenty years working in TV and film as an actress. She lives in La Grange, Illinois and Madeline Island, WI with her trophy husband and their four kids. She is the founder of SpeakEasy Spiritual Community, an incubator of awesomeness, and Voice Box Stories, where people find their voice. She is the author of Giant Love Song and the children’s book The Life of A Sandcastle. Her poetry, personal essay, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Story Lab, Lit Up, Booby Trap, Story, Actors Access, Voice Box, Risk! and Voyage Chicago. She blogs about creativity, spirituality, and storytelling at MaureenMuldoon.com