“In this powerful and beautiful book, Elizabeth Lesser brings us back to the earliest stories that convinced us to silence our voices, and then forward to a place where we trust ourselves to lead our lives—and the world.”—Glennon Doyle, author and activist
What if men and women had told our origin tales and hero myths—our guiding stories about love and sex, power and war, and the values we live by? Imagine if the books written, the movies directed, and the art made by women had also been called the “greatest,” the most powerful, the creations that define what it means to be human. What if women had been the storytellers, too?
Cassandra Speaks answers these questions and explores what happens now—when women dig deep for the courage to speak from our own experiences; when we flex our confidence; and when we tell new stories that champion caretaking, venerate compassion, and elevate communication over vengeance and violence.
Elizabeth Lesser shows how change in the culture starts with inner change, and that no one—woman or man—is immune to the corrupting influence of power. She offers a vision that transcends the either/or ideologies on both sides of the gender debate, and provides inner tools to help all people be both gentle and powerful, caring and courageous—and ready to work together to create a better world for everyone.