From Grief to Joy
2013 Silver Nautilus Award Recipient
"An inspirational book about personal
transformation and evolution." ~ Dr. Deepak Chopra
From the Author: One of the most miraculous
experiences for me as I worked through great loss was finding
out that we are loved - and accepted - so fully, so completely
that there is nothing left to forgive! This is true for
all of us, and that is why I'm sharing my story, because
the challenges I've faced are universal. We all have our
mountains to climb, both inner and outer. No one is exempt.
Life is a school, and what we learn through that school
are the lessons we are ready for, things we could not really
know until we lived through them. I'm talking about experiential
knowledge, not just head knowledge. "They" say
you don't really know something until you become it. "They"
are right. And that is how I found out that relationships
change, but they do not end. Physical death is definitely
not the end of the story.
Our trials and tribulations are so rich with promise. It
may not seem like it at the time, but they are. Nothing
is ever wasted. The potential for growth - and new life
- is hidden in even the most difficult of situations. Especially
in the most difficult ones, because all things do indeed
come bearing a gift, if we can just hang in there long enough
to find it.
It helps if we can accept and embrace what is. That means
being open enough to let go of judgment - of yourself, and
others, and even the challenge itself. That means letting
go of our expectations so we can be open to the higher plan.
Surrender fits well here. Not my will, but Thine.
Eventually you find out that your life isn't just about
you. It's about all of us. That means wanting for others
the same things we yearn for so deeply. May we all be blessed.
It's been quite a journey. The more I've learned, the more
I realize that life isn't about "things." It's
about being your highest and best.
From Some of Our Readers:
"My dear friend came across your book and brought it
to me. My husband died about a year ago, and she felt your
writing would be very helpful. She was right. Each afternoon
I'd fix myself a warm cup of tea, head to my rocking chair
and open your book. I found myself appreciating so many
of your thoughts, especially your openness with your feelings
and vulnerabilities. Thank you for the 'warm touch' of your
words." ~ Pam (from Oregon)
"Your book is a life saver for sure. Congratulations
on such a wonderful accomplishment. I will share one and
keep one for myself and family. You are amazing. I'm so
glad I learned to meditate from you." ~ Mary (from
"I shared your book with my mom and she immediately
wanted her own copy! I am so grateful for your kindness.
Thank you again for writing this book. You are a gift."
~ Linda (from Nebraska)
"I can't imagine the shock of losing your husband,
mother and father within such a short time. Your personal
experiences and good advice in dealing with the healing
touched me. Thank you so much for sharing your story."
Marilyn (from Nebraska)
"I have been devouring your book. Your words about
grief, the value of stillness in our busy world, and the
fact that every moment of every day we are on a journey
- all are valuable. In less than a month I face the year
mark of Mom's death. The timing of your book was ideal."
~ Tracy (from Nebraska)
"I got your book yesterday and immediately began reading.
You are gifted with being able to express your thoughts
and feelings so elegantly. What an inspiration to all!"
~ Anna (from Missouri)
"I read your book nonstop. I couldn't put it down.
Now I have to go through it again, slow down, and try to
absorb all these new insights and information. I feel I
have already learned a lot." ~ Joanne (from Florida)
"Your newest book, "From Grief to Joy," is
exactly what my family and I need at this time. Thank you!"
~ Joanie (from Nebraska)
"Thank you for creating such an outstanding tool to
assist people to get through grief and to handle loss. I
am so proud of you." ~ Gloria (from Nebraska)
"I am reading your book and am simply amazed at all
you've accomplished. Your poems really touch me. One especially
is "My Pure Repast." Almost brought me to tears.
I plan to share your book with my kids and am showing it
to my friends at the new age bookstore." ~ Carol (from
"I'm reading your book and am mesmerized. It is too
beautiful for words." ~ Shirley (from Nebraska)
"You are the most incredible person and writer I have
ever met. You lift me up with everything you do. Thank you
so much!" ~ David (from Nevada)
"Your book is truly profound. Andi also thinks it's
extraordinary, since as you may know, her background is
as a grief counselor. May your journey continue to be of
extraordinary transformation and service." ~ Jonathan
"I just finished your wonderful book. WOW, Donna! I
love your writing style. The book was so thoughtfully written,
very reflective. I looked forward to reading it each night.
Please keep writing." ~ Joanne (from Pennsylvania)
"I've spent some midnight hours reading your book and
it is a tremendous piece of work. I have a number of people
I want to read it, so am ordering another one. Thanks so
very much." ~ Mary (from Iowa)
"Your book has touched me in many ways. I've read it
twice so far." ~ Ann (from Nebraska)
"I'm just finishing your book and starting the meditations
and wanted to tell you it has really touched me. The chapter,
"The Call and the Challenge," literally brought
me to tears! I may go back and read that one over and over
because I found it so profound. Thank you for telling about
the many miracles and blessings that have touched your life."
~ Nancy (from California)
"I am halfway through your book and I think Deepak's
review of it was right on target - inspirational! It is
very well written, and I like the way you inserted meditations
through it." ~ Carol (from Maryland)
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