The Gift Of The Feminine with Brenda Peterson

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It is often pointed out how destructive and narrow-minded our society has become in the absence of a feminine God or life perspective. Here we are offered a remedy—the willingness to be receptive and empathetic to the very persons and ideas that we find most troubling and threatening. Our deepest lessons are found in the truths of our apparent enemies, by “looking at the person who harms you, and seeing how they are like you.” This is the message of Brenda Peterson, speaking from her own family and daily life experiences, on topics from leaky roofs to the abortion issue. About her own brother Peterson says, “If I fault his belief system, I tamper with the fabric of his being, and that to me is evil . . . If I want to have a family, I have to learn to negotiate, to listen and to not violate their deepest core.” (hosted by Joan Marler)


Brenda Peterson is a novelist, nature writer, and writing teacher. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Orion Magazine, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She’s a regular commentator for Seattle NPR and the Huffington Post.

Brenda Peterson is the author of eighteen books, including:

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Hosted by: Joan Marler       Interview Date: 7/23/1992       Program Number: 2343