In the conventional world of physical book publishing this one might be described as Michael Moore meets Deepak Chopra if the story was told by a female blogger like Julie Powell (Julie, Julia). The book touches on issues millions of Americans have been going through—losing a job, a business, a home, facing bankruptcy. But it is also a story about choosing to live a creative, purpose-driven life, being guided by faith, and finding one's voice in a world that calls out for an end to polarity, injustice and hate. Ultimately, it is about community and reclaiming one’s connection to the greater whole.
Etsy features strongly in this book. You see, I (Sheryl Karas) have had a flower essence aromatherapy shop here since July 2008 (http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamalovehealing) and this story is partly about the need (and desire) to try to make a living in this brand new world of internet marketing. Other Etsy shopkeepers will relate to the joys and challenges quite a bit. This shop you're visiting now (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaulnSherylArt) was created to sell the artwork we started doing while in the desert — that story is a huge part of the book, too — and now is filled with the photographs and artwork featured in this book as well.
You'll be able to download the book as a pdf file directly from Etsy as soon as you purchase it.
You can also buy it as a conventional print book (text with a color cover without interior art) for $16.99. Autographed by us both, of course! See elsewhere in our Etsy shop:
Hope you enjoy it! And if you do, we'd love you to tell other people about it. Be sure to send them here to buy their copy if you do!
Thanks so much,
Sheryl Karas (and Paul Hood)
By the way, some really cool people reviewed an advance copy of this book and said some really great things about it. Take a look:
"WAKING UP is a fascinating account of two seekers trying to find sense and sanity in our contemporary world, which often seems deliberately designed to make people crazy. The lessons they learn can help anyone find balance in our chaotic culture." ~ Larry Dossey, MD, author of HEALING WORDS and THE POWER OF PREMONITIONS
“This book is a winner. It has everything a good book should have: suspense, excitement, pathos, joy, laughter—-lots of laughter—and great characters you care about and can genuinely root for! And it's non-fiction! But what it has most is love and wisdom. Profound, heart-opening love and wisdom. It is hands down one of the best books on spirituality and its role in meeting the challenges of our time that I have read. And did I say that it's funny, too? Be good to yourself and read this book. Be good to your friends and buy them a copy.” ~ David Spangler, author of FACING THE FUTURE and SUBTLE WORLDS: AN EXPLORER'S FIELD NOTES.
"WAKING UP explores the trials and triumphs of living a creative, purpose driven life combined with an exploration of the political polarities present in current society. Skillfully written as both personal and political, the story of this couple 's healing points to the resolution that just might help us all." ~ Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., author of FORGIVE FOR GOOD
“Sheryl Karas is a wise soul and insightful writer, with a message relevant to all Americans.”
~ Anne Ellinger, President of Bolder Giving in Extraordinary Times and co-founder of More Than Money
"WAKING UP IN THE GREAT RECESSION MORMON DESERT is the compelling odyssey of two seekers who find that their personal life mirrors the political and social tensions of contemporary American culture. Flower essences become a Soulmap for Sheryl and Paul during their travels; a discovery that would not be lost on Dr. Edward Bach, who founded flower essence therapy in the midst of the Great Depression. Don’t just read this book; rather I suggest you plant it firmly in your consciousness and watch yourself blossom." ~ Patricia Kaminski, Executive Director of the Flower Essence Society
"Sheryl Karas is a regular contributor of flower essence articles to Vibration Magazine’s blog. We prize her contributions for their clarity, accessibility, and genuineness. Those qualities are also easy to see in this book." ~ Donna Cunningham, MSW, Editor for Vibration Magazine
"A charming read! Wouldn’t it be great, I kept thinking as I read WAKING UP IN THE GREAT RECESSION MORMON DESERT, if everyone in the world accidentally found themselves living in the camp of the "other"– a Mormon on Castro Street in San Francisco, a Wall Street executive in a homeless shelter in Louisiana... Thanks, Sheryl, for giving us a glimpse of such an opportunity, for showing us how our deserts can "blossom as the rose." ~ Carol Lynn Pearson, the author of numerous books, notably GOODBYE, I LOVE YOU, the story of her LDS temple marriage to a gay man, NO MORE GOODBYES: CIRCLING THE WAGONS AROUND OUR GAY LOVED ONES, and FACING EAST, a stage play about a Mormon couple dealing with the suicide of their gay son.