Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Local Author’s Book Promotes Goddess Studies

For Lenny Schneir, a Daytona Beach resident, each day is a mission to bring people closer to the Goddess. Lenny, together with two other local authors, David B. Axelrod, and Carol Thomas, has just published a book entitled Merlin Stone Remembered (Llewellyn Worldwide: December, 2014), which promotes the work of the famous Goddess scholar and feminist Merlin Stone.
In the thirty-four years Lenny was Merlin’s life partner, he became an ardent feminist. “I was witness to Merlin’s devotion to the Goddess. I’m convinced Merlin was guided by and even communicated with a very powerful female life force.” Lenny helped write and compile the book because Merlin’s own books, When God Was a Woman and Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood, had such a positive impact on the Women’s Movement and gender equality.
“Merlin and her work helped change the world,” Lenny explains, and backs up his claim with twenty-three endorsements from prominent feminists and Goddess proponents including Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis. Publisher’s Weekly described the book as: “A tribute to the life of one of the pre-eminent figures in the goddess worship cultural movement of the 1970s and 1980s, lovingly composed.”
Library Journal recommends Merlin Stone Remembered, saying: “Any reader of women’s ‘herstory,’ feminism, new age religion, and ancient history will relish this remembrance of a remarkable woman’s singular vision, whose scholarship refuted the patriarchal status quo and restored the sacred feminine to the consciousness of humankind.”
The 331-page book includes Lenny’s memoir of his 34 years with Merlin Stone as well as previously unpublished writings by Merlin and a reprinting of “Unraveling the Myth of Adam and Eve” from When God Was a Woman.

The book is available online at and at Barnes & Noble in Daytona Beach. Lenny Schneir will present the book, together with a film, Goddess Remembered, that includes Merlin Stone, on February 15th at 2 p.m. at The Cinematique, 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
For more information about the event, the book, Merlin Stone Remembered, and Lenny Schneir, contact Dr. David B. Axelrod at Creative Happiness Institute, 386-337-4567, or email 

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