Reviews of Stephanie Dowrick and her work
“Courageous and original, she asks the most difficult questions with enormous heart and intelligence.” Joyce Kornblatt, author of A Reason for Wings
“Stephanie Dowrick voices our doubts and questions, and skilfully outlines the truths that address them, providing invaluable guidance and inspiration for the reader.” Rosamund Burton, Good Reading
“Engaging and insightful, Stephanie Dowrick is empowering, and has a luminosity about her that is contagious.” Claire Scobie, Kindred Spirit
“Every line in her books is well written…if the various wisdoms she writes about were applied not just to personal relationships but to society in general, then the world would be a better place for everyone.” Cathrin Schaer, New Zealand Herald
“Stephanie Dowrick is unashamed to make a stand for wonder and the incredible gift of living. Like so many thinkers before her, she recognises that until we respect ourselves and begin to reflect this respect in our behaviour toward others, we are diminished as individuals and as a society.” Walter Mason, author of Destination Saigon
- Dowrick is a sage who has brought a spiritual sensibility to a broad readership.
James Charlton, Island
- Dowrick is the consummate intellectual explorer… a woman of our times who has emerged from her own experiences and battles with a very definite sense of purpose.
Christopher Moore, The Press (NZ)
- Stephanie Dowrick’s writing and career are characterised by motifs of renewal and re-imagining…[she] is an ideal reader – open, creative, patient and sometimes sceptical.
Felicity Plunkett, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
- Her greatest asset is her own very distinctive voice, a clarity and directness of address which creates an immediate empathy with the reader.
Amanda Lohrey, The Australian
- An original, powerful mind… she challenges people to have an interior life and to be introspective. And she does it in a thoroughly non-sentimental, pro-active fashion.
Geraldine Doogue, ABC broadcaster
- ‘An intelligent mixture of personal insight and scholarship. Dowrick furnishes new seekers as well as seasoned believers with a refreshing approach to contemporary spirituality.’
Publisher’s Weekly (USA)
- Like the great sages, Dowrick is aware that the progress from denial to understanding is a lengthy one, and that true wisdom comes from experiencing all that life can bring, and reflecting deeply upon it.
Anne French, The Listener (NZ)
- All Dowrick’s writing has significant grounding in spirituality…
Kevin Mark, Australian Bookseller & Publisher
- Dowrick furnishes new seekers as well as seasoned believers with a refreshing approach to contemporary spirituality…Through thoughtful observations and compelling stories, Dowrick models for the reader an effective way to consider the journey toward love of others and of self.
Publishers Weekly (USA)
- “Sympathetically and with rare clarity, she offers penetrating insights into some of the most basic paradoxes of human relationships.’
- ‘Exemplary perceptions…wise and encouraging’
Sunday Telegraph (UK)
- ‘A breath of fresh air…transcends the self-indulgence of psycho pop by broadening her focus to embrace personal choice and personal and social responsibility’
- ‘Subtle, gentle, sexually universal’
The Mail on Sunday (UK)
- ‘Intelligent, eloquent and wise’
- [Her books are] ‘filled with ancient wisdom and modern common sense’
- ‘Dowrick makes the links between things like moral courage, the living of an engaged life and the need to nourish the soul.’
Maxine McKew, The Bulletin
- ‘Stephanie Dowrick is a lilting genius of the inner worlds.’
Sark, author of Succulent Wild Women (USA)
- “Engaging and insightful, Stephanie Dowrick is empowering.. and has a luminosity around her that is contagious.”
Claire Scobie, Kindred Spirit (UK)
- ‘Every line in her books is well written…if the various wisdoms she writes about were applied not just to personal relationships but to society in general, then the world would be a better place for everyone.’
Cathrin Schaer, New Zealand Herald (NZ)
- ‘Learned, sensitive and compasionate’