Finally, an archetype of
midlife power and maturity that I can relate to —
The Queen. Thank you Donna for providing this much-needed
of women's wisdom.
—Christiane Northrup, M.D.,
Women's Bodies, Women's
Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
—Jane Fonda, actor, author, activist
Insightful, funny, a treasure,
from one of the best "goddess gals" around.
—Olympia Dukakis, actor
This is the book we've been
waiting for — blunt, witty, truthful, intelligent, and
downright astonishing in its lucidity. Donna Henes bravely
paves the way for women through "the Grand Canyon of midlife
change." For those intrepid ones among us who intend to take
ownership of our lives no matter what, this book is our revolutionary
—Vicki Noble, co-creator of
Motherpeace Tarot and author of
Shakti Woman and
The Double Goddess
I, of course, am fascinated
with the archetype of the queen, and I see her emerging all
around me. A powerful bouquet of Queenly materials, Donna's
book is part memoir, part guide, with a Goddess focus.
—Jennifer Louden, author of
Comfort Secrets of Busy
The Comfort Book series
Wise women, goddesses, and
midlife Queens agree: Mama Donna's book is a friend, an ally,
and a sweet sister whose wise words bring insight, humor,
and power to women during and after menopause.
—Susun Weed, author of
New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman
The Queen of My Self: Stepping
into Sovereignty in Midlife,
Donna Henes proposes the
concept of the midlife Queen, focused on spiritual wisdom,
mastery and self-esteem. Yes, it is time to be the Queen of
Our Self, the High Priestess of Our Own Life, and claim the
respect that we deserve while shouldering our own hard-earned
authority, wisdom and inner beauty.
—Layne Redmond, author of
When the Women Were Drummers
Queen of My Self, Mama
Donna cooks up a nourishing stew of regal empowerment from
a rich assortment of ingredients including rituals, blessings,
and many stories from her life and practice. Flying in the
face of our stereotypes, self-doubts, and cultural conditioning
she offers an exuberant and elegant vision of midlife as a
time of power, wisdom, beauty, and joy.
—J. Ruth Gendler, author of
The Book of Qualities
This inspirational case for a new goddess archetype is a bible
risk-taking during and after the midlife change.
—Carolyn McVickar Edwards,
The Storyteller's Goddess
A great book that every
woman should read regardless of her age. If I had to recommend
only one new book to read this year this would be it.
—Dell Williams, founder of
Delightfully written, at
once playful and profound,
The Queen of My Self is
a treasure! Donna Henes successfully weaves together the personal,
the universal and the historical with candor and humor.
—Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D., author
Habitations of the Goddess and
Footsteps of the Goddess
Within reading the first few pages of this book, I had goose
bumps: Donna Henes is on to something! The
Queen of My Self had to
be written for all of us. It will inspire you to take control
of your life and your destiny.
—Francesca De Grandis, author
Be a Goddess! and
The Modern Goddess' Guide to Life
Having just entered my 50s,
I found The Queen of My
Self to be the perfect guide,
providing much needed clarity for this next phase of my life.
Mama Donna's words are comforting, inspiring and wise beyond
her years. This magical book made me feel like a real live
powerful Queen indeed.
—Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., author
Your Sex Life Make Over
The Queen of My Self
is a great read.
Although it will appeal to women of all ages, it should be
mandatory for those facing what could otherwise be a midlife
crisis. Mama Donna's writing is clear, inspired, and filled
with light-hearted, humorous wisdom as she exhorts us to live
life to the fullest, and in doing so enhance and empower our
—Nicki Scully, author of
Alchemical Healing and
Power Animal Meditations
The Queen of My Self,
Donna Henes reclaims the ancient wisdom of all earth cultures:
that older women are strong, wise, and free. For decades,
Donna has guided us through the seasons of our lives. Now
she gives us the divine paradox: that it is only by treasuring
and knowing ourselves can we best serve our precious planet.
This is an essential treasure for all midlife women —
and those who love them.
—Hallie Austen Iglehart, author
The Heart of the Goddess
We have needed the Queen
as validation, empowerment, and blessing for our middle years;
a place where millions of women find themselves today. Donna's
celebration of the Queen is a breakthrough and expansion for
women everywhere. Brava Mama Donna!
It is time for all of us to reclaim our thrones and Donna
Henes is the Queen of showing us how! In these pages, you'll
find exercises, insights, and wisdom that will truly allow
you to own your inner royalty and change your life.
—Laurie Sue Brockway, author
A Goddess Is a Girl's Best Friend
What could be a better self-image for the woman whose wisdom
is still blossoming (along with her belly), yet who is still
vibrant, sexual, and self-assured? [Henes] makes a captivating
case for embracing the role of Queen
and adorning yourself with all the spiritual and self-realized
riches that it
entitles you to.
—Natural Beauty and Health
The Queen archetype reframes
the meaning of the midlife years in which a woman can be her
—The Village Voice
The crone of the traditional triple goddess archetype is premature
for describing the middle years of modern women. Donna Henes
agrees. She feels that the wild phase of transitioning through
midlife is a time to be crowned Queen: sovereign of ourselves.
It's fun being around in a time when we can re-write our own
"Written in a tone which
is reminiscent of a wise girlfriend encouraging you to take
on life, Henes made me laugh out loud several times. Througout,
the author has been there and done that. The
Queen of My Self serves
as the motivation for women in midlife to ascend to their
thrones. Surely... every woman deserves that right."
—New Age Journal
Henes brings together myth, personal
experience, and suggestions for rituals and celebrations and
welcomes a new archetype for women at midlife.
—New Age Retailer
The Queen of My Self is
a gorgeous book in every aspect. To be completely honest,
this book's design and content cannot be over-praised. The
author has done a magnificent job.
Donna has written a landmark
book that celebrates a new mythic model for the middle years
of a woman's life — the Queen! A guide on how to take
ownership of your life, Henes explains how you can enhance
your own midlife power. An insightful read from one of America's
best urban shamans and spiritual practitioners.
If you're feeling your age
and it doesn't feel good, pick up a copy of The
Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife,
by author Donna Henes.
—Buck's Counthy Courier Times
Hoorah for Donna Henes,
the Queen who has given us a healthy, empowering way to perceive
and present ourselves. Long live The Queen!.
We all need to take "Queen
Lessons" from Donna and this book is my recommendation
for every woman to learn from! Order this book and get yourself
a crown, you'll be "ruling" in no time!
This book is a must read
for any woman. Mama Donna has provided women with a treasure
trove of ideas and inspiration for living our lives in fullness
—Buffalo Woman's Vision
All hail the Queen: New
York City's celebrated celebrator of all seasons, Mama Donna
Henes! This urban shaman has delivered an archetype for women
who no longer identify with the childbearing Mother Goddess
nor feel ready to assume the heavy mantle of the wise, old
The Queen of My Self provides
numerous real-life examples, both modern and ancient, of women
who discovered and learned to follow their own paths to new
heights of personal fulfillment and continue to have an "interesting"
life, not constrained by yet another designation but adding
"Queen" to her repertoire of "selves" as it fits each stage
of her life journey. It's an easy-to-read page-turner of a
book, I kid you not!
—The Beltane Papers
The Queen of My Self is
an entertaining and inspirational read, thanks to Henes' engaging
voice and soft humor. And most women approaching their midlife
years should find themselves in its pages. You may already
be implementing Henes' suggestions and ideas, without having
a hook to hang them on. You may be unaware, locked into traditional
archetypes and afraid of what you imagine your future will
be. The Queen of
My Self will touch you,
—Michigan Women's Forum
The Queen of My Self is
not a how-to-book but a declaration of a new archetype that
will empower women all over the planet. This book is geared
toward women entering midlife but it is valuable for Queens
in the making. Buy it for your friends, daughters and the
women you love.
—WIld Woman Network
Welcome to my life— and
the millions of midlife, post-menopausal women living life
strong and loud. This time of life is a mixture of new things,
exciting and thrilling— and troubling and frightening
things— all tied up in the radical changes called midlife.
(Henes') idea for women about aging will inspire you to find
your own ideas— and your own way of taking control of
your life and destiny.